WJC 2014: Day 2 Update

Friday, 12.27.2013 / 12:00 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

After a busy opening day of the 2014 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship on Thursday, there were only two games on the schedule in Malmo today.

One of those contests, Slovakia vs. Germany, was the opener for the Slovaks and the second in as many days for the Germans, who dropped their opener to Canada by a 7-2 final. Blue Jackets prospect Josh Anderson, who earned his way on to the Canadian roster, scored the first of Canada's seven goals yesterday.

Columbus prospects put forth a strong showing yesterday and such was the case again on Friday; Marko Dano (No. 27 overall in 2013) is one of the key returnees for Slovakia and his level of play will be a determining factor in how the occasionally-sneaky Slovaks fare in this World Junior tournament.

If Dano's opening-game showing is any indication, Slovakia's coaching staff and management has to like what it saw. Blue Jackets fans were certainly impressed, and Dano's two-goal effort (three points in total) was a hot topic on social media early Friday morning.

The victory for Slovakia was a dominating performance, and they allowed only one shot to Germany in the first 20 minutes. Dano's first goal was a point-blank chance on German goaltender Marvin Cupper, who misplayed the puck behind the net and gave Dano about as good a chance as a goal-scorer could ask for.

Dano's second goal increased Slovakia's lead to 4-0 early in the second period, and it was another grade-A opportunity right in front of the Germans' net.

Up next for Slovakia? A Saturday night match-up against the United States, and the Americans are coming off an impressive opening win over the Czech Republic. 

NOTE: Blue Jackets prospect Markus Soberg missed his second straight game for Norway on Friday.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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