* Draisaitl scored for the third consecutive game dating to pre-tournament play. He powered Team Europe to its first win with a hat trick in the club’s exhibition finale against Team Sweden. Draisaitl then added an insurance goal for Team Europe in its tournament-opening victory against Team USA.
* Mats Zuccarello registered 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Draisaitl’s overtime winner. He shares the tournament lead with 1-2—3 thus far during the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
* “I think it’s quite an historic three days for this group,” said Team Europe head coach Ralph Krueger. “I’m just so proud of the way the players have come together in this short period of time, how they’re representing their countries on their arms and as a group how we’ve come together . . . I’ve never experienced anything quite like this as a coach in 25 years of head-coaching.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Team Czech Republic goaltender Petr Mrazek (38 SV) stopped Team Europe captain Anze Kopitar on the third penalty shot taken in World Cup of Hockey history.
* Robert Reichel (CZE) scored vs. Kari Takko (FIN), Aug. 27, 1996, at Helsinki, Finland. 12:23 of 2nd period. Finland 7, Czech Republic 3.
* Jason Blake (USA) unsuccessful vs. Ilya Bryzgalov (RUS), Sept. 7, 2004, at St. Paul, Minn. 8:08 of 2nd period. USA 5, Russia 3.
REMINDER: TIEBREAKERS FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016
The top two finishers in Group A and Group B – following the conclusion of round-robin play – will advance to a single-game semifinal, where the first-place team from each group will face an elimination game against the second-place team from the other group.
Winners of the semifinal games then will advance to a best-of-three final series.
The following tiebreakers will determine group rankings at the conclusion of the round robin:
Any tie between two teams will be decided by the result of their head-to-head game.
Steps 1-4 will be calculated based upon ALL games played:
* Step 1: ROW (total regulation/OT wins, not including shootout wins)
* Step 2: Regulation Wins (total regulation wins only)
* Step 3: Goal Differential (total goals for minus total goals against)
* Step 4: Total Goals Scored (total goals for)
Steps 5-6 will be calculated based upon games played between tied teams only:
* Step 5: Goal Differential (total goals for minus total goals against)
* Step 6: Total Goals Scored (total goals for)
^ Note: As soon as any three-way ties are broken down to a two-way tie, the tie will automatically be broken by the head-to-head matchup between the two tied teams (see two-way tie criteria outlined above), and not by continuing on with any additional steps.
Standings through three days of the World Cup of Hockey 2016:
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Team Finland @ Team Sweden, 3 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVAS
Team Canada @ Team USA, 8 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVAS
TUESDAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS
* Team Canada will clinch a spot in the semifinals if it defeats Team USA in any fashion.
* Team USA will be eliminated from semifinal contention if it loses to Team Canada in any fashion.
* Team Europe (idle) will clinch a spot in the semifinals if Team USA fails to defeat Team Canada in regulation.
* Team Czech Republic (idle) will be eliminated from semifinal contention if Team USA fails to defeat Team Canada in regulation.
* No team from Group B can clinch a spot in the semifinals regardless of the outcome of the Team Finland-Team Sweden game.
RIVALRIES HEADLINE DAY 4 OF WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016
Team USA and Team Finland look to pick up their first wins of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 when they face rivals Team Canada and Team Sweden, respectively. A loss of any kind would knock Team USA out of contention for the semifinals. Team Finland, meanwhile, would stay mathematically alive but require help from its opponents in Group B.
CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS FAN VILLAGE SCHEDULE
The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village is open Tuesday from 2 – 11 p.m.
Among Tuesday’s highlights:
* World Cup of Hockey 2016 Legacy Project and Canadian citizenship ceremony – including Team Sweden senior advisor Daniel Alfredsson – with presiding official Cassie Campbell-Pascall (also open to the public)
* Special appearances by Team North America assistant coach Gerard Gallant as well as NHL alumni Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker and Scott Walker
* Actor Eddie Cahill, who played Team USA goaltender Jim Craig in Miracle
Visit WCH2016.com/fanvillage for complete details.
LENNY KRAVITZ JOINS CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS EVENT
The NHL and NHLPA announced that rock legend Lenny Kravitz now will headline Friday’s World Cup of Hockey Celebration of Champions at the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village.
Fans who originally purchased tickets to the event featuring Green Day have the option of a full refund or can use their paid tickets to attend Kravitz’s performance.
Click here for more information.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
PLAYER BLOGS: Team Finland forward Aleksander Barkov, Team Sweden forward Gabriel Landeskog and Team USA forward Blake Wheeler . . . MIC’D UP: Team North America forward Jack Eichel, Team Czech Republic defenseman Michal Jordan, Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson, and referees Chris Lee and Dan O’Rourke . . . Click here for a recap of Monday’s ‘Hockey Sense’ summit about diversity, inclusion and environmental sustainability at the Hockey Hall of Fame . . . The NHL and Los Angeles Kings unveiled the logo for the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 27-29 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.