Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell made his first start for the United States at the World Championship and he came up big. Campbell stopped 15 of 17 shots as Team USA defeated Russia, 4-2, in preliminary round play Monday at the tournament in Czech Republic.
Campbell stopped all seven shots he faced in the first period, including two sharp saves on Russia’s Sergei Plotnikov.
"It’s even more fun to play than I ever thought it could be," Campbell told IIHF.com. "I’ve gotten a game in the NHL, but this is another level. Especially hearing their crowd screaming Russia the whole time, it makes you want to beat them all the more. It’s a fast game, a lot of great players, and it’s an honor to be out here and get the win."
Trevor Lewis, Torey Krug, Marc Arcobello and Brock Nelson scored goals for the USA, which is 3-0 and off to its best start at the tournament since 1997.
Seguin scores as Canada tops Czech Republic
Tyler Seguin scored one goal and registered a game-high five shots on goal as Canada improved to 3-0 with a 6-3 win over Czech Republic Monday.
Seguin beat Czech goalie Ondrej Pavelec with a wrist shot early in the third period to extend Canada’s lead to 4-2. The goal turned out to be the game-winner. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Sean Couturier and Tyler Toffoli also scored for Canada. Mike Smith stopped 17 of 20 shots.
Cody Eakin, who scored two goals in Canada’s 10-0 rout of Germany over the weekend, had no points in Monday’s game. He has two goals in three games at the tournament. Jason Spezza did not score Monday. He has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games. Seguin has one goal in three games.
Lindell, Jokipakka score in Finland’s win over Norway
Esa Lindell registered one goal and two assists, and Jyrki Jokipakka tallied one goal as Finland defeated Norway, 5-0, Monday evening in Czech Republic.
Lindell scored from the point on the power play to put Finland up 1-0 in the first period. He then assisted on two five-on-three power-play goals late in the second as the Finns extended their lead to 3-0. Jokipakka scored from the high slot off the rush midway through the third to make it a 4-0 game.
Lindell has four points (one goal, three assists) in three games and is tied for second in defensemen scoring at the tournament. Jokipakka has two goals in three games for Finland.
Klingberg notches an assist, Enroth makes 19 saves as Sweden rolls
Jhonas Enroth stopped 19 of 20 shots and John Klingberg registered an assist as Sweden stayed undefeated at the tournament with an 8-1 rout of Latvia. Former Star Loui Eriksson led the Swedish attack with three goals.
Klingberg assisted on an Oscar Moller power-play goal that gave Sweden a 5-1 lead early in the third period. Klingberg has two assists in three games for Sweden.
Enroth has won both his starts at the tournament, posting a 2.90 goals-against average and .875 save percentage (42 saves on 48 shots.).
Antoine Roussel and France played twice over the weekend, losing 2-1 to Germany and 3-1 to Switzerland. Roussel did not pick up any points and was tossed from Sunday’s game against Switzerland after receiving a game misconduct for protesting against a call in the game.
USA 4, Russia 2
Sweden 8, Latvia 1
Finland 5, Norway 0
Canada 6, Czech Republic 3
Sweden 6, Austria 1
Russia 5, Slovenia 3
Canada 10, Germany 0
Slovakia 2, Belarus 1
Switzerland 3, France 1
Finland 3, Denmark 0
Austria 4, Switzerland 3 (SO)
Slovakia 4, Denmark 3 (SO)
Germany 2, France 1
Belarus 4, Slovenia 2
Czech Republic 4, Latvia 2
USA 2, Norway 1
Germany vs. Switzerland, 9:15 a.m.
Belarus vs. Denmark, 9:15 a.m.
France vs. Austria, 1:15 p.m.
Slovenia vs. Slovakia, 1:15 p.m.
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