TORONTO -- Team Russia withstood a third-period push by Team North America for a 4-3 victory in the preliminary round of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Center on Monday.
Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 43 saves, including 18 in the third period, to give Team Russia (1-1-0) its first win of the tournament. Team North America nearly tied the game with 14 seconds left, but defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere's shot hit the post. Team North America (1-1-0), which dominated Team Finland in a 4-1 win Sunday, plays Team Sweden on Wednesday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports). Team Russia plays Team Finland on Thursday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports).
Here's the story from the game Monday.
USA NEEDS TO WIN
Team USA plays its next game Tuesday against Team Canada (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports), but its hopes of reaching the semifinal took a hit Monday when Team Europe defeated Team Czech Republic 3-2 in overtime.
Team Europe's victory, which was decided on a goal by Leon Draisaitl 2:06 into overtime, means Team USA needs to defeat Team Canada to have any chance to reach the semifinal. Team Europe defeated Team USA 3-0 on Saturday.
Here's the story on the Team Europe victory.
Video: Recapping the Europe vs. Czech Republic game
With Team USA facing elimination Tuesday, Team Canada is expecting a tough game.
Here's the report from Team Canada camp Monday.
Video: Previewing Team Canada vs. Team USA
Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who didn't play in a 2-1 win against Team Russia Sunday due to illness, practiced Monday, but it's unclear if he will play against Team Finland on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports). Jacob Markstrom filled in for Lundqvist Sunday, making 27 saves.
Here is the full story on Lundqvist.
Meanwhile, Team Finland, trying to recovery from a 4-1 loss against Team North America on Sunday is mulling roster changes heading into the game against Team Sweden.
Here is the story on Team Finland.
Forward Jack Eichel wore a wireless mic during Team North America's win Sunday against Team Finland.
Here's the video.
HIP TO BE SQUARE
Monday's World Cup Postcard comes from Maple Leaf Square where NHL.com's Bill Price found hockey-hungry fans from overseas.