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World Championships Round-Up: Three Bolts still alive at World Championships

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

Center, Tyler Johnson (USA) – Team USA hit a bump in the road last week with back-to-back losses versus Russia and Latvia, yet the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Tyler Johnson has continued to shine. After dishing out four points in the first two games of the tournament, Johnson has added three more goals, including a pair of tallies versus Finland on Sunday, for seven points (four goals, three assists) in seven games played to go along with a plus-1 rating. One of Johnson’s two tallies in the 3-1 win against Finland was also the game-winner, his second of the tourney, and helped him be named the best player of the game for the U.S. He ends the preliminary round tied for second on Team USA for scoring and tied for 15th overall in the tournament in the same category. Johnson and Team USA wrapped up the Group B round-robin slate with a 5-4 win versus Germany Tuesday and faces the Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals on Thursday.

Goaltender, Andrei Vasilevskiy (RUS) – Since being named the best player of the game for Russia last week, Andrei Vasilevskiy has made one more start – a 3-0 shutout versus Germany on Sunday - to help keep the team undefeated through the preliminary round of competition. In all, the 19-year-old netminder has stopped 66 of 67 shots he has faced with a .985 save percentage and 0.50 goals-against average. Russia will face-off with France in the Quarterfinals on Thursday.

Other notes from the Preliminary Round –In seven games for Belarus, Lightning prospect and Syracuse Crunch blueliner Dmitry Korobov has three assists and is a plus-4, as Belarus clinched a Quarterfinal berth…Fellow prospect and Latvian netminder Kristers Gudlevskis has appeared in four games, posting a 1-3-0 record to go along with a .891 save percentage and 3.79 goals-against average. His lone win came versus the U.S. in a 6-5 upset…Lightning forward Richard Panik appeared in seven games for Slovakia.

Upcoming games to watch for:


Thursday, May 22





Saturday, May 24 – TBD

Bronze Medal Game

Sunday, May 25 – TBD

Gold Medal Game

Sunday, May 25 - TBD

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