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Girgensons, Latvia open Worlds with 3-0 win over Denmark

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Zemgus Girgensons and Latvia opened their preliminary round slate with a win on Saturday, defeating Demark 3-0 at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany.

Latvian goalie Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots in a shutout performance, including an 18-save first period. Latvia controlled the game for the final 40 minutes, outshooting Denmark 28-9, and took their first lead on a goal by Gints Meija 3:08 into the second.

Miks Indrasis scored twice for Latvia, including once with a 5-on-3 advantage, in the third period. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Latvian forward Miks Indrasis had two goals against Denmark, including this one in a 3-0 win. #LATvsDEN #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/s0inQEzJBw

Girgensons, the lone Latvian player currently on an NHL roster, led the team's forwards with 19:40 of ice time. He tallied three shots on goal.

Latvia plays next against Slovakia on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. EST. Ryan O'Reilly's Team Canada and Jack Eichel's Team USA will play earlier in the day, with Canada facing Slovenia at 6:15 a.m. and the U.S. taking on Denmark at 10:15 a.m.

All three games can be seen live on NHL Network. Team USA's game against Denmark can also be streamed on nbcsports.com/live and will be aired on delay on NBCSN around 9:30 p.m.

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