Team USA blasts Kazakhstan 10-0

team usa.jpgTeam USA finally scored some goals after some serious offensive impotency through its previous games. They shellacked Kazakhstan 10-0 this afternoon in their first game in the regulation round. PHT’s Joe Yerdon did a nice job of explaining USA Hockey’s predicament for the Hockey Worlds blog.

While being sent to the relegation round is embarrassing enough, as long as the Americans can avoid finishing third or fourth in the relegation round they’ll be all right. Doing that means they’ll get to stay in the IIHF top division with their more common opponents like Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada. If they should continue to play poorly, however, and finish third or fourth they would be sent down to Division I and would have to win their way back up to the top division.

Matt Gilroy scored a hat trick and Brandon Dubinsky piled up one goal and four assists for the U.S. in a nice showing for two young New York Rangers. The US scored early and often in the game, with T.J. Oshie starting things off only 55 seconds into the contest followed 18 seconds later by Kyle Okposo. The team ended the first period with a 4-0 lead before piling on five more in the second and then one in the final frame.

Sure, they’re really just playing for pride at this point and scoring 10 goals on Kazakhstan is like dominating Madden on its rookie difficulty, but the US will take what they can get in what’s been a tough tournament.

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    Goalie nods: Greiss gets start over injured Halak

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    Thomas Greiss will be between the pipes for the New York Islanders when they host the Blackhawks tonight in Brooklyn.

    Greiss was signed this offseason to back up Jaroslav Halak, who skated this morning but remains day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

    “Jaro’s not 100 percent right now, so it was an easy decision,” coach Jack Capuano told Newsday. “Jaro’s progressing well and we’ll see how he is moving forward.”

    Greiss will be backed up by J-F Berube, who was claimed off waivers from Los Angeles earlier in the week.

    Corey Crawford will be in goal for Chicago.

    These two teams meet again tomorrow at United Center.


    Michael Hutchinson goes for the Jets in New Jersey after Ondrej Pavelec got the win last night in Boston. Cory Schneider for the Devils.

    Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers. Sergei Bobrovsky for the Blue Jackets in their opener.

    Jonathan Bernier for the Leafs. Jimmy Howard for the Red Wings in their opener.

    Mike Smith for the Coyotes. Jonathan Quick likely for the Kings, who will need a better effort than the one they had Wednesday against San Jose.

    Related: Mike Smith seeing benefit from sports psychologist

    No hearing scheduled for Burmistrov after Bergeron headshot

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    Winnipeg forward Alex Burmistrov isn’t in line for a disciplinary hearing for his elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman confirmed to PHT.

    Burmistrov was tagged with an illegal check to the head minor late in the first period. Bergeron received a minor roughing penalty for retaliating on the Russian forward, but was able to finish the contest.

    Afterward, B’s head coach Claude Julien expressed frustration with the hit.

    “It will be interesting how that is being reviewed, and especially to an elite player in the league who’€™s had some [concussion] issues in the past,” Julien said, per WEEI. “I hope they look at it seriously. In my mind, I don’€™t see why there wouldn’t be further consequences [for] that.”

    Bergeron said that, while it was “definitely a hit to the head,” Burmistrov did come up to him afterward and apologized.

    According to sources of CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Burmistrov received a warning from the Department of Player Safety.