Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stole the show in Tuesday’s 2014 World Championship games, recording a 20-save shutout as Finland topped Germany, 4-0.
Rinne made half of his saves in the second period, and received four goals in offensive support during the first 33 minutes of play as the Finns recorded their first win in Group B action. Predators prospect and Milwaukee’s 2013-14 leading scorer Miikka Salomaki played 12:59 in the win.
Also on Tuesday, Team Sweden recorded their third win in as many games with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Norway. Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm was named the victor’s best player, logging more than 20 minutes to help the Swedes move atop the Group A standings after five days of action.
Both Sweden and Finland take Wednesday off before playing their fourth games of the tournament on Thursday at 12:45 p.m. CT. Sweden will take on the surprising French, who have already upset Canada and Slovakia despite having just one NHLer and one AHLer on the team, while Finland takes on the tournaments hosts, Belarus.
In Monday’s action, Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis recorded his first point/assist of the tournament on a second period power-play goal by Calder Trophy finalist/Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon to help Canada defeat the Czech Republic, 4-3. Ellis, who finished with a +1 rating for the second time in three games, was one of just two Canadian blueliners to play more than 21 minutes (21:04).
Also on Monday, the United States fell for the first time, dropping a 6-1 decision to Russia, while Switzerland fell to the Belarusians, 4-3. Predators defenseman Seth Jones led all U.S. skaters in ice time (22:40), while fellow blueliner Roman Josi played nearly five minutes more than any of his Swiss teammates in their game (25:28), and finished with a +1 rating. Simon Moser again led all Swiss forwards in ice time (18:39).
The Swiss get back in the saddle on Wednesday when they face Germany at 8:45 a.m.; Team USA gets a couple days off before facing off against Latvia on Thursday at 8:45 a.m.