The 2015 IIHF World Championship rolled on with four more opening round games yesterday, with just one involving a member of the Florida Panthers.
Slovakia 3, Slovenia 1: Captain Tomas Kopecky logged 9:34 of ice time during the first forty minutes of action before being benched the entire third period. The Cats forward finished with no points or shots on goal and an even rating. Andrej Meszaros and Marian Gaborik scored in the third to erase Slovenia's 1-0 lead. Gaborik scored a second goal, into an empty net, to clinch the win for the Slovaks. For more click here
France 2, Austria 0: Cristobal Huet made 23 stops to lead France to a 2-0 shutout win over Austria. Damien Fleury notched the game-winner early in the final frame. For more click here
Switzerland 1, Germany 0: Denis Hollenstein scored the game's only goal midway through the third period and Leonardo Genoni made 18 saves as Switzerland edged Germany 1-0. For more click here
Belarus 5, Denmark 1: Yevgeni Kovyrshin scored twice as Belarus cruised to an easy 5-1 win over the winless Danes. For more click here
With every team having played three preliminary round games now, Canada (3-0) tops Group A with nine points while Team USA (3-0) leads Group B, also with nine points.
Switzerland vs. Latvia
Russia (Kulikov) vs. Denmark
Sweden vs. Canada (Ekblad)
Slovakia (Kopecky) vs. Norway