NHL Postseason Caterwaul: Dadonov and Lammikko advance at World Championship
Tournament ends for Vatrano and Praplan
Evgenii Dadonov set up what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Russia’s hard-fought 4-3 win over the United States in quarterfinal action from the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.
Dadonov finished the game with three shots on goal and an even rating in 12:48 of ice time. The assist gave him 11 points in 8 tournament games.
American Frank Vatrano logged 7:43 of ice time in the game and finished with no shots on goal and an even rating. Vatrano produced two goals and an assist during th tournament.
Juho Lammikko played 16:20 in Finland’s 5-4 overtime win over Sweden. Lammikko had one shot on goal and finished the game with a -1 rating. He is still looking for his first point of the tournament. Sakari Manninen scored the winner 1:37 into the extra session.
Mark Stone set up Damon Severson’s game-tying goal with the less than second left in regulation and then scored the winner 5:07 into overtime to eliminate Switzerland and Vincent Praplan by a 3-2 count. Praplan failed to register a shot on goal and finished with a -1 rating in 10:19 TOI.
Saturday’s semifinals will see Russia and Finland face off, so one of the two remaining Florida Panthers will make the gold medal game, and Canada will take on the Czech Republic, which scored four times in the third period to post a 5-1 win over Germany.
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A spot opened up for McFarland because the Ottawa Senators hired Buds assistant D.J. Smith to be their new head coach. (Silver Seven Sens)
The New York Islanders have re-signed forward Brock Nelson (Lighthouse Hockey)
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