The pre-tournament tune up games have begun with three games; Team Czech Republic verses Team Russia, Team Finland verses Team Sweden, and Team North America verses Team Europe. The Lightning had 9 players in action. Here’s a round up of what they did in each of the three games.
Team Czech Republic 3 verses Team Russia 4
Andrej Sustr – 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 2 hits, 4 blocks, 20:19 TOI
Ondrej Palat – 0-1-1, E, 1 SOG, 4 Hits, 16:13 TOI
Sustr had the 3rd most TOI among Czech Republics defensemen and had the 4 most short handed time on defense. Palat had an assist on Tomas Plekanec’s 3rd period goal that brought the Czech Republic to within 1 of Russia, but they couldn’t find the equalizer. Palat had the 6 most TOI among forwards including 2:04 on the power play and 2:25 on the penalty kill.
Nikita Kucherov – 1-1-2, E, 1 SOG, 15:57 TOI
Nikita Nesterov – 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5 hits, 17:51 TOI
Vladislav Namestnikov – 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 hit, 14:02 TOI
Andrei Vasilevskiy – Did Not Play
Kucherov had a great night playing mostly with Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Kuznetsov. His assist came on a power play goal from Vladimir Tarasenko. He didn’t do much to make the play as Tarasenko took the pass from Kucherov and then wandered around in the circle before settling in to a wrist shot that found the back of the net. Kucherov’s goal came just over 3 minutes later off a big rebound from Mrazek. The puck found Kucherov in the right win circle with Mrazek still standing on the other side of the net looking for the puck. It was an easy shot into an open net for Kucherov. Kucherov’s 15:57 was tied for the most TOI by forwards as the Russians efficiently rolled all four lines with 13:35 being the lowest TOI for a forward.
Nesterov had an open and down day, but ended up even though he took a tripping penalty after Bobrovsky had stopped Palat on a 2-on-1. Nesterov had the least amount of TOI among Russian defensemen.
Namestnikov played on a line with a couple KHLers in SKA St. Petersburg’s Pavel Datsyuk and CSKA’s Ivan Telegin. That line was a bit more of a defensive line and Namestnikov also ended up fourth among forwards for penalty kill time.
Vasilevskiy did not play as Russia’s number one goalie Bobrovsky player the whole game.
Team Finland 3 verses Team Sweden 2 (OT)
Valtteri Filppula – 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 23:11 TOI
Sweden could not stay out of the penalty box and Filppula ended up with third most TOI among all Finns and most among forwards including 7:23 on the power play and 3:32 on the penalty kill. He was also 40% on faceoffs.
Victor Hedman – 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 2 Hits, 2 blocks, 19:06 TOI
Anton Stralman – 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 3 hits, 19:22 TOI
Hedman got himself assist as he shot a puck on net that bounced around for Loui Eriksson would found the puck at the side of the net and got the puck in past Pekka Rinne on the 2nd try. He had the 5th most TOI among Sweden’s defense with Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Erik Karlsson being called on for big minutes. Hedman only got 0:18 on the power play, but with Sweden’s penalty problems, he spent 6:44 on the penalty kill, over a third of his time on ice.
Stralman was partnered up with Hedman most of the night and had 6:27 on the penalty kill and 0:44 on the power play. He ended up being on the ice defending a 2-on-1 during the overtime period and couldn’t disrupt Olli Maata as he put in the game winning goal.
Team North America 4 verses Team Europe 0
Jonathan Drouin – 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 1 hit, 15:29 TOI
Team North America came out with a statement game announcing that they are a team to contend with. Matt Murray was stellar blanking the veterans of Team Europe. Drouin only ended up with 0:18 of power play time as Team Europe only took two penalties, one in which resulted in a penalty shot that Nathan MacKinnon scored on in the third period. However, Drouin was 4th among North America’s forwards in TOI.