Norwegian goaltender Lars Haugen managed to stop 35 of 38 shots against Canada on Thursday, but he couldn’t maintain nearly that level of play when asked to start for the second time in as many days.
Haugen surrendered three first-period goals to Finland on 13 shots today. Although he did have some good saves during the 20-minute frame, his final goal on a shot by Jori Lehtera looked particularly preventable. Lars Volden replaced him, but allowed a goal to Lauri Korpikoski on the second shot he faced.
Norway doesn’t have much of a chance of winning this game, but in this tournament the amount you lose by is important too. When it comes to determining your seed for the playoffs, a team’s goal differential is used as the third tiebreaker after your position in your group and points.
That’s why Norway didn’t pull Haugen in the dying minutes of the Canada game — they wanted to maintain the two-goal differential rather than increase their slim chances of winning.
With that in mind, it’s worth adding that Canada currently has a 4-0 lead over Austria in the other Group B match.
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.
They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
This post will be updated if there’s video of that staggering sequence.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: