RIGA, Latvia — Vladimir Tarasenko, per week after his St. Louis Blues have been eradicated from the Stanley Cup playoffs, discovered himself throughout the globe, scoring a successful aim in a key recreation on the world championships.
Russia took over the lead in Group A with 13 factors Sunday, after Tarasenko scored in a shootout, eliminating Sweden with a 3-2 victory.
Tarasenko, who had two objectives however was a minus-8 in St. Louis’ four-game sweep by the hands of the Colorado Avalanche, was taking part in in his first recreation of the match after quarantining.
“There was a number of stress there,” Tarasenko mentioned. “It was my first recreation however an essential second for us to clinch the playoffs as we speak. A number of credit score to the Swedish workforce, they labored actually laborious and performed very well.
“It was a tough recreation. We performed very well collectively, however there’s a number of areas we are able to enhance. We now have time to speak and prepare.”
Sweden, a world energy, is out after the preliminary spherical for the primary time because the present round-robin play was adopted in 2012.
Swedish captain Henrik Tommernes blamed a gradual begin to the match teamwide as a purpose for the downfall, saying that the sensation was “empty.”
“We performed a extremely good recreation,” he mentioned, “however ultimately it was actually robust loss.”
Anton Slepyshev and Alexander Barabanov scored in a 12-second span with lower than eight minutes to play to provide Russia a 2-1 lead. Jesper Froden had given the Swedes the lead within the first interval. Sweden’s Victor Olofsson scored with 4:43 left in regulation to tie the sport.
The Russian heroics took slightly little bit of the highlight off of Workforce USA’s surge. Earlier within the day, Cal Petersen had 33 saves for his second consecutive shutout and the US received its fifth straight recreation with a 2-0 victory over Germany.
“That is a extremely good hockey workforce, full credit score to them,” U.S. coach Jack Capuano mentioned of Germany. “Our guys made sacrifices, caught to the construction and located a option to win. I am actually impressed with how we have come collectively to date and now we have yet another recreation right here to complete our group play on a optimistic earlier than preparing for the quarterfinal.”
The win was the third within the match for Petersen, who performs for the Los Angeles Kings. Germany outshot the U.S. 33-15.
Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic additionally superior from Group A to the quarterfinals, which start on Wednesday.
Filip Chytil, additionally of the Rangers, scored the shootout winner because the Czechs beat Denmark 2-1. The Czechs have 4 straight wins after shedding their first two video games. The loss eradicated Denmark from quarterfinal competition.
Within the different Group B recreation, Stefan Espeland broke a tie early within the third interval and Norway posted a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan, stopping the Kazakhs from securing their first berth within the quarterfinals.
Finland and the US each have 15 factors and have superior to the quarterfinals. Germany, Canada and Latvia have 9 factors with a recreation to play within the spherical.
The Related Press contributed to this report.