Brock Nelson scored his fifth goal of the tournament in the opening minutes of the game, as Team USA was eliminated from the IIHF World Championships after losing 4-3 to the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Nelson , who finished the tournament with seven points (5G, 2A) gave the Americans the early 1-0 lead off a redirection, but the Czechs roared back with four unanswered goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead. Team USA rallied for two goals in the final 1:10 of regulation, but could not complete the comeback.
The turning point came 6:41 into the second period, when Team USA captain Justin Abdelkader picked up a major charging penalty and was ejected from the contest. The Czechs scored twice in the first 1:25 of Abdelkader’s major, on goals by Tomas Hertl and Roman Cervenkar.
Team USA got into more penalty trouble at the end of the period, as Ondrej Nemec notched the Czech’s third power-play goal with 3:41 to play in the period.
The Americans rallied in the final 1:10, as Tyler Johnson scored his team-leading fifth and sixth goals of the tournament. Johnson’s goals came 13 seconds apart, but despite controlling the play in the final minute, Team USA could not convert.
After skating to a bronze medal last year, Team USA leaves Belarus empty-handed. Nelson led all Islanders in points with seven, while Matt Donovan scored twice and Colin McDonald tallied once.
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Matt Donovan’s power-play goal and a four-point effort from Johnny Gaudreau helped propel Team USA to a 5-4 win over Team Germany Tuesday at the IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Donovan’s goal – a backdoor tap-in on a feed from Gaudreau – was his second of the tournament after the Islanders defenseman tallied against Kazakhstan on Friday. Gaudreau was a dominant force against Germany on the ice, scoring one goal and adding three assists.
The win puts a wrap on preliminary play for Team USA, who advance to the quarterfinals with a 4-1-0-2 (four wins, one overtime win, two regulation losses) record. Team USA currently sits in second place in Group B, but could drop to third place if Belarus beats Russia in regulation later today.
Quarterfinals action begins on Thursday.
Brock Nelson tallied again, as Team USA secured a berth in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Team Finland 3-1 at the IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Nelson scored his fourth goal of the tournament, 19 seconds into the game, burying a fortunate carom off the end boards while driving hard to the net. The Islanders center extended his point streak to three games (three goals, one assist) and picked up his sixth point overall.
Tyler Johnson put Team USA ahead 2-0 6:42 into the third period and added an empty netter in the game’s final minute. Nelson’s goal nearly held up as the game-winner, but the Finns broke Tim Thomas’ shutout bid with 3:14 to play in the third period. Thomas made 22 saves in the win.
Team USA improves to 3-1-0-2 (three wins, one overtime win, two losses) and currently sit in second place in Group B. Team USA rounds out their preliminary schedule Tuesday morning (5:45 a.m.) against Team Germany.
Donovan drilled a slap shot past Alexei Ivanov for his first goal of the tournament, which was also his first point. Nelson picked up an assist – his fifth point of the tournament – and was on the ice for three of Team USA’s four goals, including Seth Jones’ OT winner.
Jones scored two goals and added an assist in the preliminary affair, skating into the slot and releasing a wrist shot to push the Americans past the Kazaks at 1:05 of the sudden-death frame. The fourth-overall pick in last year’s draft also deposited his team’s second goal, powering a hard slap shot high-glove side.
Team USA led 3-2 after 40 minutes, but Kazakhstan tied the score with 6:50 to play in the final frame sending the game to OT. The win ended Team USA’s two-game losing streak improving their record to 3-2-0.
Team USA is back in action on Sunday morning, as they take on Team Finland at 9:45 a.m. eastern time.
Brock Nelson was all over the ice and the scoresheet Thursday, but could not propel Team USA to a win, as the Americans fell 6-5 to Team Latvia at the IIHF World Championships.
Nelson scored his second and third goals of the tournament, but Team USA never held a lead and were constantly chasing the pesky Latvians. With Team USA trailing 6-4, and its net empty, Nelson deflected a cross-ice feed past goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. The marker incited a furious finish to the game, but the Latvians collapsed around their own net and held the Americans at bay.
The Islanders center also scored Team USA’s second goal, spinning and roofing a backhander in tight along the Latvian goal line. Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones assisted on both of Nelson’s goals and finished the game with a team-high three points (1G, 2A). Jones’ NHL teammate Craig Smith also had a multi-point game, scoring a goal and an assist in the loss.
Herberts Vasiljevs scored the game-winner for the Latvians with 2:21 to play.
Team USA outshot Russia 38-18, but goalie Andrei Vasilevski made 37 saves as the U.S. Men's National Team fell 6-1 Monday in its third preliminary-round game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship.
Justin Abdelkader scored the only U.S. goal, while starter Tim Thomas stopped 11 shots. Goalie David Leggio entered the game at 11:07 of the second period and allowed one goal.
The forward line of Brock Nelson, Tyler Johnson and Craig Smith accounted for two third-period goals, as Team USA fought back from a 2-1 deficit to earn a 3-2 win Saturday in Minsk, Belarus. The U.S. improved to 2-0-0 in the preliminary round of the 2014 IIHF World Championships.
Smith knotted the game 1:28 into the final frame, cleaning up a rebound from Nelson and Johnson on the power play. Johnson's game winner came with under seven minutes to play and marked Team USA's first lead of the night.
Thomas Rufenacht and Simon Moser each saw goals dissalowed on offsides calls in the third period. Rufenacht's would have given the Swiss a 3-2 lead midway through the stanza and Moser's appeared to level the score at 3-3 with five minutes remaining. Each time, play continued into the USA defensive zone after an illegal entry, as the linesman's whistles were muted by the raucous crowd.
After a scoreless first period, Switzerland got on the scoreboard first when Denis Hollenstein took a clean pass from Kevin Fiala, skated down his wing and went far side on Tim Thomas.
When Peter Mueller was whistled for tripping, Switzerland threatened to open up their lead, but the Americans killed off the penalty and created an opportunity as Mueller left the box; Tim Stapleton saw Mueller exit the box and fed him a pass that sent him off to the races. Mueller beat Reto Berra through the pads with 13:45 left in the middle period. Damien Brunner scored late in the period to break the tie for Switzerland.
U.S. goaltender Tim Thomas made 25 saves to earn the win in goal.
Islanders forwards Brock Nelson and Colin McDonald both scored, as Team USA defeated Belarus 6-1 Friday in Minsk, Belarus. Jacob Trouba led the way with two goals, while Johnny Gaudreau and Jake Gardiner also scored for the United States in the team's opening game of the 2014 World Championshps.
Nelson connected for the game's first goal at 12:22 of the opening period. Working on the power play, Tyler Johnson bounced a centering feed off of Craig Smith's skate and onto Nelson's stick for a quick snap past Belarus goalie Andrei Mezin.
Late in the second period, Trouba and Gaudreau scored 56 seconds apart to make it 3-0 USA. Trouba hammered home a one-timer from the point at 14:49 and Gaudreau ripped a wrist shot through a defenseman and under the cross bar at 15:55.
McDonald made it 4-0 at 17:42 of the second period, sweeping home a cross-ice feed from Jimmy Hayes. It was McDonald's first career international tournament game and goal. In the final seconds of the middle period, Belarus cut into the USA lead, as Andrei Stepanov came through on the power play at .
A frustrated Belarus team got into penalty trouble late in the game and Trouba and Jake Gardiner made them pay, adding late power-play goals in the closing minutes of the third period.
Three Islanders were enlisted by USA Hockey to capture World Championship gold for the first time since 1960, as the IIHF World Championship begins Friday in Belarus.
Colin McDonald, Brock Nelson and Matt Donovan will don the red, white and blue for Team USA at the annual spring tournament, taking place in Minsk this year. Nelson and Donovan have both represented the United States at the World Juniors, while McDonald is set to make his international debut. The Islanders trio is joined by NHLers including former Vezina winner Tim Thomas, Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones, Calder Trophy nominee Tyler Johnson and Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.
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The Americans are looking to build off of a 2013 bronze performance in 2013, their first medal since capturing bronze in 2004.
The Americans enter the tournament ranked sixth in the world by the IIHF and are one of the top three teams – along with Finland and Russia – in Group B. Latvia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Germany and Belarus round out the competition in Group B.
Team USA opens the tournament on Friday, May 9 against the host nation at 1:45 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network. The preliminary action continues the next day, as Team USA faces off against Team Switzerland at 1:45 p.m. EST.
Fans should circle Monday on their World Championship calendars, as Team USA continues their storied rivalry with Team Russia at 1:45 p.m. EST. The preliminary round ends with games against Latvia (Thursday, 9:45 a.m.), Kazakhstan (Friday 9:45 a.m.), Finland (Sunday, 9:45 a.m.) and Germany (Tuesday, 5:45 a.m.). All games will be broadcast on NBCSN.
|Fri, May 9||1:45 p.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Belarus||6-1 W|
|Sat, May 10||1:45 p.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Switzerland||3-2 W|
|Mon, May 12||1:45 p.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Russia||1-6 L|
|Thu, May 15||9:45 a.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Latvia||5-6 L|
|Fri, May 16||9:45 a.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Kazakhstan||4-3 W|
|Sun, May 18||9:45 a.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Finland||3-1 W|
|Tue, May 20||5:45 a.m.||NBCSN||USA||vs.||Germany||5-4 W|
|Thu, May 22||TBD||NBCSN||USA||vs.||TBD||TBD|