It's been a strong start for the Buffalo Sabres at the IIHF World Championship, which got underway last Friday in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France. In fact, through two games, only two teams remain undefeated in regulation: Zemgus Girgensons and Latvia and Ryan O'Reilly and Canada.
Girgensons scored a goal and an assist and was named Player of the Game in Latvia's 3-1 win over Slovakia on Sunday. Having opened the tournament with a win over Denmark on Saturday, the Latvians sit all alone atop the Group A standings with victories against two teams that were placed ahead of them in the pretournament world ranking.
The hot start marks the first time that Latvia has won its first two games since joining the top group for the World Championship in 1997.