Not an abundance of Hurricanes action in the World Championships since we last talked on Sunday, but each player in the tourney did get one game in over the past few days.
One of the highlights of the tournament as a whole has been the play of Jeff Skinner and Team Canada, who shut out Belarus 6-0 on Monday, improving to 3-0-0 in the tournament. Latvia is the only other team without a loss thus far.
Skinner logged three points against Belarus, assisting on goals from Nathan MacKinnon and Claude Giroux and finding the back of the net on a slick pass by the aforementioned Avalanche star.
Skinner is up to seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games at the World Championships. He’s tied for second among all scorers and tied for first among Canadian scorers.
The game to watch on Monday for those following the Hurricanes was USA vs. Sweden, a matchup that included a quartet of Carolina players.
Elias Lindholm opened the scoring with an early powerplay goal in his return from a scary lower-body injury. Just north of ten minutes later, Lindholm scored again to give the Swedes a 2-1 lead. He leads Swedish skaters in goal scoring.
Joakim Nordstrom posted his first point of the tournament on Monday, an assist on Victor Hedman’s first-period tally.
Victor Rask didn’t find the scoresheet, but he still leads the team with four points in three games.
Eddie Lack has still yet to get a start in net for the Swedes.
Noah Hanifin didn’t crack the scoresheet for the Americans, but they did pick up a 4-3 win over Sweden to improve to 2-1-0.
Sebastian Aho and the Fins fell to the Czechs 4-3 on Monday. Aho got his third point of the tournament with an assist on a Valtteri Filppula tally in the loss.
The USA will take on Italy and Finland will look to get back in the win column against Slovenia on Wednesday. Sweden and Canada will both hit the ice before the end of the week.