Player of the Night: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks
The Sharks netminder stood tall Monday night during a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers. Jones stopped 33 shots as San Jose won their fourth consecutive game. Logan Couture recorded two points, which included his 200th career NHL assist. He now has six goals and nine points in four games.
Highlight of the Night:
Lovely shorthanded finish here by Trevor Lewis to help the Los Angeles Kings cut the Toronto Maple Leafs lead to 3-2 late in their game:
• Congrats to Tim Heed for scoring his first NHL goal.
• New York’s power play failed on all six opportunities.
• The Rangers have won only twice in eight home games this season.
• Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots and Patrick Marleau recorded his fourth of the year as the Maple Leafs edged the Kings 3-2.
• Marleau’s goal stood as the game-winner and was the 99th of his career, good for eighth all-time.
• A weird sequence in the first period saw Jonathan Quick take an elbow to the head and be briefly forced from the game due to a concussion spotter’s call. Oddly, it took several minutes for Quick to be removed from the game, and then he was only off the ice for whistle.
Factoid of the Night:
San Jose 4, New York Rangers 1
Toronto 3, Los Angeles 2
For the second time in three years the Americans will take home a bronze medal from the World Hockey Championship.
Nick Bonino, Trevor Lewis and Charlie Coyle had the goals.
Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves for the shutout as the Americans defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Czech Republic had plenty of opportunities to solve Hellebuyck including a four-minute power play in the second period.
The hosts also out-shot the Americans 16-1 in the third, but could not find the back of the net.
Bonino scored the eventual game-winner at 7:14 of the first period putting home the rebound off of Brock Nelson’s shot for his second goal of the tournament.
Ondrej Pavelec made 13 saves in the loss.
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Projected as the No. 2 overall selection at next month’s NHL Draft, Jack Eichel showed why he’s so highly touted on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship.
With the Americans already up 1-0, Eichel won the puck battle against Petr Caslava before setting up Trevor Lewis for the game’s second goal.
Eichel now has two goals and five assists in 10 games at the tournament.
Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist as the U.S. defeated Slovenia 3-1 on Sunday at the World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.
Jack Eichel had the other goal for the Americans while Trevor Lewis assisted on all three goals.
Winnipeg Jets’ prospect Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves in the win.
The U.S. improves to 5-0-1 in the preliminary round with one game remaining and have booked a spot in the quarterfinal with the win.
Ales Music had the lone Slovenian goal while Robert Kristan made 14 saves.
The loss relegates Slovenia to the second division.
The Americans conclude preliminary round play on Tuesday against the host Czech Republic. With a win on Tuesday, the U.S. can secure top spot in Group B.
It took three games, but Jack Eichel now has his first point at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.
Eichel, the Boston University standout projected to be the No. 2 overall pick at this June’s draft, registered an assist on Trevor Lewis’ opening tally as the U.S. jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Russia in today’s group action:
The tournament’s been an adjustment for Eichel thus far, as it’s the first time he’s played with professionals. He played 14:47 in the first game — a 5-1 win over Finland — but finished with a minus-1 rating and two PIM. In the U.S.’s second game, a 2-1 win over Norway, Eichel received more ice time (18:12) but took a pair of minor penalties.