Four days into the World Hockey Championship, the Calgary Flames organization is well represented in Denmark.
Members of Flames are represented on four different teams in the tournament: Canada, USA, Czech Republic and Sweeden. The three Flames players are Johnny Gaudreau (USA), Mikael Backlund (Sweden) and David Rittich (Czech Republic). Additionally, new Flames head coach, Bill Peters is the bench boss for Canada.
On Sunday, Rittich and Czech Republic fell to Backlund and Sweden 3-2. Rittich, in his first start at the World Championship, made 22 saves on 25 shots. The Czechs are back in action on Tuesday when they face off against Switzerland.
The USA picked up their third consecutive win at the tournament on Monday, shutting out Germany in a 3-0 victory. Gaudreau extended his point streak to three games with a primary assist on Patrick Kane’s second period tally, bringing him to three points over that stretch. The winger also put two shots on net in his 16:47 of ice time.
The USA’s next game comes on Thursday when they take on Latvia.
Backlund and Sweden also picked up their third straight win at the World Championship, tying them with Russia for a tournament-leading nine points. Backlund scored his first goal at the tournament in the first period and ended the game with three shots in 17:17 of ice time.
Sweden’s next tilt is on Wednesday when they battle Austria.
Peters’ squad dismantled the Danes on Monday, picking up a 7-1 victory and giving them a 2-0-1 record through their first three games of the tournament. The Canadians outshot Dennmark 31-15.
Canada will be back in action on Thursday when they take on Norway.
Sweden 3-0 (9 pts)
Czech Republic 1-1 (2 pts)
USA 3-0 (8 pts)
Canada 2-0-1 (7 pts)
Gaudreau 1-2-3 (3gp)
Backlund 1-0-1 (3gp)
Rittich 0-1, 3 GA, 22 saves on 25 shots (1gm)