On the 10th day of the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Czech Republic, Canada, Russia and USA all clinched spots in the quarterfinals, while Slovenia is officially relegated.
Here's what you need to know:
- Tyler Ennis and Canada defeated Switzerland 7-2 to clinch the top spot in Group A thanks to goals by seven different scorers - Seguin, MacKinnon, Ekblad, Eberle, Eakin, Couturier and Giroux.
- With two more goals tonight on the man advantage, Canada is now second in the tournament with 8 power play goals and operating at 34.78% efficiency.
- Switzerland now seems to be locked into the fourth spot in Group A. Austria has a chance to knock them out, but they'd have to defeat Germany and Canada on back-to-back nights in order to do it.
- Speaking of Austria... If they fail to get a point in their final two games, they will be relegated. Tomorrow's game against Germany will be huge for them.
- Andrej Meszaros and Slovakia lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in overtime to Russia. While they earned a point in the standings, the surrogate home team in Ostrava will need to beat USA and have both Finland and Norway defeat Belarus over the next two days in order to advance to the quarterfinals. Russia is now in second place in Group B with one game remaining - against Finland, which is presently in third with two games left to play.
- USA defeated Slovenia 3-1 with goals by Brock Nelson (2) and Jack Eichel, who inadvertently tipped Nelson's bid for the hat trick as he was trying to avoid the shot.
"I don't think I could have done that again if I had tried," said Eichel. "Just a weird bounce off my stick. I really wish it didn't go off my stick. I wanted him to have the hat trick. He really had a great game. It's nice to get the monkey off my back and have one go in, but he deserved that one."
- Nelson is now tied with Filip Forsberg from Sweden for the tournament goal scoring lead with six and is tied for second on the points leaderboard with Russia's Artemi Panarin, just one point behind Yevgeni Dadonov, also from Russia.
- Charlie Coyle joined USA today fresh off Minnesota's elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"It happened really quick. We got knocked out of the playoffs and then I got the call the next morning - It was a little unexpected. I hadn't even thought of the possibility - then a few hours later I'm on a plane over here. Had a full day of travel and got here late last night, got some rest and managed to make it through this game," Coyle said with a smile.
"I had been following the tournament and it was fun watching them, but it's even better playing with them and being over here. So, I'm excited about it and just the whole experience. We've got a good group and a good team. This will be fun."
- USA goalie Connor Hellebuyck leads the tournament in goals against (0.75) and save percentage (.968)
- USA head coach Todd Richards was very open about his feelings regarding the lack of urgency and inconsistent effort from his team these past three games.
"Our attitude and our focus coming into games [needs work]," he explained. "We're not managing the puck well. Not dumping it when it needs to be dumped, soft plays in the middle of the ice…all lead to turnovers. Again, the second period wasn't great and things opened up a little bit and they had some breakaways. Our goaltender was great again but we can't be putting him in that situation, especially in the one-game elimination format because you never know."
- With the loss tonight, Slovenia is officially relegated. They will play tomorrow's game against Denmark in search of their first win and for pride.
"We had goals and expectations that we wanted to achieve and we failed to meet them. It's very disappointing," said Anze Kopitar. "I think this group is very tight and deserves better, but in reality I don't think we played good enough hockey to stay in the elite division and that's what happens. We didn't play up to our potential and it hurt us."
- Czech Republic defeated Germany, 4-2, despite allowing Germany to score two goals on eight shots through the first half of the game. The Germans are officially out of the quarterfinals - but avoided relegation - while the Czechs will finish either second or third in Group A.
Tomorrow, there are four games on tap. Germany vs. Austria, and Finland vs. Belarus will drop the puck at 10:15 a.m. ET while Sweden vs. France and Slovenia vs. Denmark faceoff at 2:15 p.m. ET.