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The Grand Rapids Griffins lost 4-3 to the Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday, losing a 3-2 lead late in the 3rd period and surrendering a power play goal with only 3:14 remaining in regulation, and now the Griffins are in an 0-and-2 hole heading into tomorrow's 4 PM start game at Van Andel Arena.
The Griffins have been somewhat porous defensively and have struggled to win the special teams battle against a more rested and more NHL-player-heavy Monsters team, and all of a sudden, the Griffins will be playing their 3rd game in 4 nights in what is certainly a must-win game.
The AHL's website posted a recap...
Dylan Larkin registered a goal and an assist as Team USA defeated Belarus 6-3, with the Americans winning a surprisingly chippy affair. Larkin was strong on a line with Nick Foligno and Kyle Connor, working on the PP, PK and finishing with 7 shots in 18:13 played.
The IIHF's been pretty good about posting highlight clips, so I'll add that when it's posted their YouTube channel.
As MLive's Ansar Khan notes, Larkin scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal:
Larkin scored on the power play at 2:13 of the second period to make it 3-0. He has assisted on Chris Wideman's power-play goal at 13:38 of the first that gave the Americans a 2-0 lead.
Update: Here are the highlights...
From "Nyquist the Horse"...
And the Griffins also posted a video in which Eric Tangradi reflected upon the first game of the second round:
From IIHF.com's John Sanful:
Led by Tomas Jurco and Andrej Sekera, Slovakia held on for a 4-1 win over Hungary in the opening game on the second day of the IIHF World Championships at Yubileiny Arena.
Jurco’s goal in the closing minutes of the first period would be the difference maker. After going scoreless in five games at the 2015 World Championships, Jurco's game winner was his first ever senior men's goal.
Jurco, Sekera and Martin Marincin all has two points each in the game.
Jurco played 14:17, finishing at +2 with 4 shots taken.
from Pavel Lysenkov at IIHF.com,
Can we ask you about your next season?
You can ask. But I will not answer.
How is your health situation? The doctor of the Red Wings said in an interview that you have problems with your tendons.
I feel in my legs that I am not 100 per cent ready. I was immediately warned that the recovery would be long. It will take 18 months for me to get back into my normal shape.
Where are you at right now in terms of recovery?
I had surgery in June. Ten months already. I’m halfway through.
What went wrong for Detroit in the series against Tampa Bay?
Many Russian guys play for the Lightning and they played well against us. What went wrong? If we score two goals each during the match, winning in the play-off is very hard. Our attack was messed up the whole season. We had to strengthen it. And this problem got in the way for the Stanley Cup.
According to rumors, Alexander Radulov is ready to move to Detroit next season. Would he be able to strengthen the team?
Radulov would strengthen any attack. He’s great player who has already played in the NHL. He knows exactly what to do in this league.
On Thursday, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa profiled a quartet of Red Wings players-in-waiting, and this morning, he profiles a trio of prospects who are just entering the Red Wings' professional system in Joe Hicketts, Vili Saarijarvi and Evgeny Svechnikov:
Three Red Wings prospects are stepping from one rung on the ladder to the next this month, from junior hockey to the AHL.
The Wings elevated three young players, Evegeny Svechnikov, 19, Joe Hicketts, 19, and Vili Saarijarvi, 18, to the Griffins, when their junior seasons ended.
Practicing and traveling in the AHL playoffs, they are unlikely to play, especially with a possible Calder Cup on the line, unless misfortune strikes the Griffins.
“I think from our standpoint, it gives us depth,” Grand Rapids coach Todd Nelson said. “If there’s injuries, we can insert some of these guys, if we feel they’ll fit.
“It’s also a good chance for us to get to know the player, get to work with them. For them, it’s a good experience to come and be part of a playoff run,” Nelson said. “It’s for them to sort of educate themselves moving forward and to get acclimated to the professional life, seeing how the guys conduct themselves, seeing what the routines are, getting more familiar with our organization.”
Krupa continues, and for the present moment, being "Black Aces" serves as the perfect learning environment for Hicketts, Saarijarvi and Svechnikov. Hicketts will turn pro next season, so he's getting a leg up on learning the Grand Rapids Griffins' system of play, while Saarijarvi and Svechnikov may return to Major Junior hockey in the fall.
Tomorrow is the day...Nyquist the Horse will race in the Kentucky Derby, and as WYXZ's Brad Galli reported, if you believe in good omens, Gustav Nyquist the hockey player scored the OT winner in Sweden's win over Latvia at the World Championship today:
According to the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, if Gustav Nyquist the hockey player was able to go to the Derby, he would have had quite the experience watching the Derby with owner Paul Reddam...
The second set of Red Wings players taking part in the World Championship had "off days," at least from a team perspective:
Pavel Datsyuk, got better as the game went along, but he looked like he was shaking off some rust, and he was double or triple-covered by the Czech Republic's defense.
It was painful to watch a stationary Datsyuk pass instead of shoot 9 times out of 10 on the Russians' power play, a power play that was so stationary that it reminded me of Detroit's...
Alexey Marchenko looked better, playing on the left side with recent Maple Leafs signee Nikita Zaitsev for the first two periods, and then skating alongside Slava Voynov. Marchenko displayed speed and mobility that he hasn't shown on NHL ice yet, and Marchenko played 17:16, finishing even.
In the other "evening" game, Teemu Pulkkinen had a better outing from a team perspective, taking 2 shots in 14:01 of ice time as Finland defeated Belarus 6-2. I didn't manage to take that one in as I focused on the Russia-Czech game, and that was an uncomfortable choice!
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