PHT’s own Joe Yerdon is doing a great job covering the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championships for Universal Sports. (Check out the official blog here.)
In today’s action, Norway beat the Czech Republic for the first time in 73 years in a world hockey championship competition, winning 3-2.
Here’s more from the Tuesday’s games via Yerdon’s report.
Sweden took charge of Group C with a 3-2 win over France and now lead the group with six points. Norway and the Czechs are tied with three points each while France sits at the bottom with zero. France is not doomed for relegation yet, however, as a regulation win over Norway would allow them to advance and send Norway to relegation.
Russia disposed of Kazakhstan 4-1 and did so with the big names showing up to lead the way. Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Denis Grebeshkov (OK so they’re not all huge stars) all had goals for Russia who now has a stranglehold on the top spot in Group A. Slovakia had to storm back against Belarus to prevent being put in potential relegation trouble but did win 4-2 on the strength of two Milan Bartovic goals. Slovakia will have to keep their heads about them against Kazakhstan on Thursday and earn a point to stay out the relegation zone.
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U.S. not making things easy
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.