Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak made an immediate impact for the Czech Republic by scoring the game-winning goal in his first game of the tournament. Russia scored four straight goals to come back from a 3-1 deficit and held on to win 6-4 over the host Finns.
A look at the third day of the 2016 World Junior Championship.
Czech Republic 2, Slovakia 0
Boston Bruins youngster David Pastrnak made his debut at the 2016 World Junior Championship with a goal late in the second frame. His wrist shot found its way through traffic and to the back of the net on the power play and would stand as the game-winning goal. Czech netminder Vitek Vanecek made 18 saves for the shutout.
Sweden 1, USA 0
Linus Soderstrom stole the show with a 46-save shutout and Alex Nylander scored the game’s only goal on a beautiful breakaway backhand move. USA went 0-for-8 on the power play and took a too many men penalty, followed by a high sticking minor, in the final two minutes of the contest.
Russia 6, Finland 4
Patrick Laine had a goal and three points through 21 minutes of the contest and had factored in on each of Finland’s three goals to give the Finns a 3-1 lead, but Andrei Svetlakov sparked a comeback that saw the Russians up 5-3 by the end of the second. Aleksi Saarela made it close with a goal early in the third before Radel Fazleyev put the game away midway through the final period.
Canada 6, Denamrk 1
Canada came an inch away from taking a 1-0 lead on the first shift of the game before briefly trailing 1-0 on a goal by Mathias From. Canada scored 1:03 later, though, and the rout began in the second period with Canada scoring three times in 4:40.
Sunday’s Three Stars
1. Linus Soderstrom, Sweden
Soderstrom’s shutout may hold up as the best single game performance by a netminder in the tournament.
2. Yegor Korshkov, Russia
Three primary assists to help spark a Russian comeback. Russia now sits atop Group B and will likely win the group.
3. Jesse Puljujarvi, Finland
Finland may have lost Monday, but Puljujarvi continues to show why he’s a top prospect at the 2016 draft. Puljujarvi had three assists in Finland’s loss to Russia.
Tuesday, December 29
Belarus (0-2-0) vs. Russia (2-0-0), 9 a.m. ET
Switzerland (0-2-0) vs. Canada (1-1-0), 1 p.m. ET