Day 3 of the Pre-tournament games had 3 games. Team Russia vs. Czech Republic, Team Finland vs. Team Sweden, and Team USA vs. Team Canada.
To start the day off Team Czech Republic outlasted Team Russia met for the 2nd time in the pre-qualifier. The Starting goalies were Semyon Varlamov for Russia and The game was scoreless going into the 3rd period. Russian Nikita Kucherov opened up the scoring at the 1:04 mark of the 3rd with assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alexei Emelin. At the 18:49 mark of the 3rd period Tomas Plekanec tied the game with assist from Michael Frolik and Roman Polak. Regulation would end in a tie. No one was able to get a goal in the 5 min 3 on 3 OT period so the game went to the shootout. In the 2nd round of the shootout Jakub Voracek scored for the Czech Republic and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for Russia. In the 3rd round of the shootout Ales Hemsky scored for Team Czech Republic and Nikita Kucherov missed the net to get the Czech Republic the 2-1 win. Varlamov had 33 saves on 34 shots and Neuvirth made 20 saves on 21 shots
Team Finland and Team Sweden met again after their first game went into OT. Tuukka Rask started for Team Finland and Henrik Lundqvist started for Team Sweden. Loui Eriksson opened the scoring on the powerplay for Team Sweden at 8:56 of the 1st with assist by Henrik Sedin and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Loui Eriksson added a 2nd powerplay goal at the 18:06 mark of the 1st with assist by Daniel and Henrik Sedin. In the 2nd period Patric Hornqvist scored unassisted at 13:55 to make it 3-0 for Sweden. At 16:53 of the 2nd Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Finland with assist from Mikko Koivu and Joonas Donskoi to make it 3-1. Mikko Koivu scored at 19:58 of the 2nd to make the score 3-2 with assist by Donskoi and Ristolainen. Nicklas backstrom scored at 11:54 of the 3rd to make the score 4-2 with assist from Filip Forsberg and Hornqvist. Hornqvist scored at 14:45 of the 3rd to make it 5-2 with assist from Forsberg. Finland’s Erik Haula scored at 16:34 of the 3rd to make it 5-3 with assist by Jyrki Jokipakka and Esa Lindell. Filip Forsberg added a goal at 17:53 of the 3rd to make the game 6-3 with an assist from Hornqvist. Rask had 23 saves on 28 shots in the loss for Finland. Sweden’s Lundqvist made 11 saves on 14 shots.
Team USA and Canada played for the 2nd time in 2 days. The starting Goalies were Braden Holtby for Team Canada and Cory Schneider for Team USA. The game started with the same intensity that the game yesterday ended with. Logan Couture opened up the scoring on the Powerplay at the 11:14 mark of the 1st with assist by Joe Thornton and Corey Perry.. John Tavares scored to on the powerplay at 13:25 of the 1st to make the score 2-0 for Canada with assist from Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty. Jay Bouwmeester scored at 15:38 of the first to make the game 3-0 Canada. Assist were from Ryan Getzlaf and Corey. Ryan McDonagh scored at 16:35 of the 1st to make the game 3-1. The lone assist was from Derek Stepan. Team USA struck at 00:38 of the 2nd on a powerplay goal by John Carlson to make it a 3-2 game. The lone assist was by Patrick Kane. Matt Duchene scored while playing 4 on 4 to put Canada up by 2 again at 4-2. The assist by Tyler Seguin and Ryan Doughty. Corey Crawford came in to replace Holtby halfway through the 2nd. Ben Bishop Came in to started the 3rd replacing Schneider. John Tavares scored on the powerplay at 8:01 of the 3rd to extend the lead to 5-3. Assist from Stamkos and Jonathan Toews. Team USA Goalie Cory Schneider made 20 saved on 24 shots and Ben Bishop made 13 saves on 14 shots. Team Canada Goalie Braden Holtby made 11 saves on 13 shots and Corey Crawford made save 10 on 10 shots. The game ended with a scrum. The games between these 2 in the tournament are going to make for Must see hockey.