NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 15, 2016

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NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 15, 2016

Welcome to the “NHL Brief: World Cup of Hockey Edition,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from the tournament.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Team Czech Republic 3, TEAM NORTH AMERICA 2
TEAM EUROPE 6, Team Sweden 2
TEAM CANADA 3, Team Russia 2 (OT)

PRE-TOURNAMENT GAMES WRAP UP FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016

The pre-tournament exhibitions for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 wrapped up Wednesday with three games:

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 - Russia v Canada
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 14: Ryan Getzlaf #15 of Team Canada shoots and scores past Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of Team Russia in overtime at Consol Energy Center on September 14, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

* Team Russia (1-0-2) took a 2-1 lead midway through the third period courtesy of goals from Alex Ovechkin and Artemi Panarin (1-1—2), but John Tavares tied the game at 13:58 of the frame and Ryan Getzlaf scored at 3:29 of overtime to lift Team Canada (2-1-0) to a win at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

* Leon Draisaitl (3-0—3) recorded a hat trick to power Team Europe (1-2-0) to its first win with a 6-2 victory over Team Sweden (1-1-1) at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Three other members of Team Europe registered multiple points: Tomas Tatar (1-1—2), Nino Niederreiter (0-2—2) and Dennis Seidenberg (0-2—2).

* Team North America (2-1-0) notched two goals in less than two minutes to erase a 2-0 deficit midway through the third period, but Tomas Plekanec scored 53 seconds later to propel Team Czech Republic (2-1-0) to a victory in its pre-tournament finale at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

TOP PRE-TOURNAMENT PERFORMERS

A quick look at the top performers from the World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament games:

Goals
t-1. Leon Draisaitl (EUR): 3
t-1. Loui Eriksson (SWE): 3
t-1. Johnny Gaudreau (NAT): 3
t-1. Patric Hornqvist (SWE): 3
t-1. Tomas Plekanec (CZE): 3
t-1. John Tavares (CAN): 3

Assists
t-1. Drew Doughty (CAN): 3
t-1. Filip Forsberg (SWE): 3
t-1. Ales Hemsky (CZE): 3
t-1. Roman Josi (EUR): 3
t-1. Vadim Shipachyov (RUS): 3
t-1. Mats Zuccarello (EUR): 3

Points, All Skaters
t-1. Johnny Gaudreau (NAT): 3-2—5
t-1. Patric Hornqvist (SWE): 3-2—5
t-3. Nathan MacKinnon (NAT): 2-2—4
t-3. Artemi Panarin (RUS): 2-2—4
t-3. Derek Stepan (USA): 2-2—4
t-3. Drew Doughty (CAN): 1-3—4
t-3. Filip Forsberg (SWE): 1-3—4

Points, Defensemen
1. Drew Doughty (CAN): 1-3—4
t-2. Aaron Ekblad (NAT): 2-1—3
t-2. Michal Kempny (CZE): 1-2—3
t-2. Rasmus Ristolainen (FIN): 1-2—3
t-2. Roman Josi (EUR): 0-3—3

Goals-Against Average
t-1. Corey Crawford (CAN): 0.00
t-1. Jacob Markstrom (SWE): 0.00
3. Matt Murray (NAT): 0.60
4. Michal Neuvirth (CZE): 0.63
5. Semyon Varlamov (RUS): 0.92

Save Percentage
t-1. Corey Crawford (CAN): 1.000
t-1. Jacob Markstrom (SWE): 1.000
3. Michal Neuvirth (CZE): .978
4. Matt Murray (NAT): .975
5. Semyon Varlamov (RUS): .971

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Team Finland forward Aleksander Barkov and Team Europe forward Leon Draisaitl penned their latest blogs for WCH2016.com . . . Nine thousand students visited Air Canada Centre to learn STEM and Global Citizenship concepts as part of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 . . . REMINDER: The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village, the epicenter of the two-week tournament, opens Friday in the Distillery District . . . Toronto mayor John Tory toured the space prior to its Friday opening. “I think Toronto is the world capital of hockey,” Tory said. “And for us to have not just the tournament here, but to have something I don’t think the hockey world has ever seen before, which is a huge fan village, I think it’s going to be something that is befitting the World Cup of Hockey.”

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