The first day of the World Cup of Hockey Preliminaries had 2 games. Team Europe vs Team USA and Team Czech Republic vs Team Canada.
The first game was between Team Europe and Team USA. Jonathan Quick was starting goalie for Team USA. Jaroslav Halak started for Team Europe. Marian Gaborik would score the first goal of the tournament at 4:19 of the 1st to give Team Europe a 1-0 lead.Frans Nielsen and Mats Zuccarello with the assists. Leon Draisaitl would score at 4:02 in the 2nd to give Europe a 2-0 lead. The assists were by Nino Niederreiter and Tobias Rieder. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare would score at the 18:32 mark of the 2nd to make the score 3-0. Assists were from Jannik Hansen and Christian Ehrhoff. And that’s how the game would end. Quick did not look good only making 14 saves on 17 shots in the loss. Halak made 35 saves in the shutout win
The second game was between Team Czech Republic and Team Canada. Carey Price started in net for Team Canada. Michal Neuvirth started for Team Czech Republic.Sidney Crosby opened the scoring for Team Canada at 8:26. The assists were by Brad Marchand and Steven Stamkos. Brent Burns would make the score 2-0 at the 18:08 mark of the 1st period. The assists were by Crosby, and Patrice Bergeron.Bergeron would add a goal at 19:59 of the 1st to make it 3-0 Team Canada. Marchand with the lone assist.
Team Canada’s Joe Thornton scored at the 7:22 mark of the 2nd period to make it 4-0. Crosby and Matt Duchene. Jonathan Toews scored on the powerplay at 14:45 of the second to make it 5-0. Ryan Getzlaf and John Tavares with the assists. Alex Pietrangelo scored a powerplay goal at 12:41 in the 3rd to make it 6-0. Assists were by Drew Doughty and Tavares. I know it doesn’t seem like it with the score,but Neuvirth looked good. Team Canada was out playing Team Czech the whole game. Neuvirth made 44 saves on 50 shots. Carey Price made 27 saves in the shutout effort.
Team Sweden plays Team Russia and Team North America play Team Finland on Sunday. Sweden v. Russia will be on ESPN at 3pm and North America v. Finland on ESPN 2 at 8pm