The 2014 World Championship began May, 9th in Minsk, Belarus and four Detroit Red Wings were in action.
USA was up against the home country, Belarus, while Slovakia and the Czech Republic were matched up against each other.
USA vs Belarus
Justin Abdelkader was named as Team USA’s captain before the beginning of the tournament, which was not surprising see as sixteen players were making their World Championship debut.
Abdelkader wore number 89 and only had 11:59 of ice time in game one against Belarus, but finished as a plus one and was an important part of USA’s penalty kill. Unfortunately, he was on the ice for Belarus’ power play goal, but his positioning was solid. Overall it was not Abdelkader’s best game and he will have to improve before game two.
DeKeyser wore his familiar number 65, had 20:06 minutes of ice time, was a plus one, and picked up and assist on Jacob Trouba‘s first goal of the night. DeKeyser looked comfortable next to Trouba and continued to play smart even after Belarus began to unravel late in the game.
USA beat Belarus 6-1 and highlights from the game can be found on TSN.
Slovakia vs Czech Republic
Tomas Tatar was wore his familiar international number, number 90 at the Worlds with Slovakia. Tatar picked up right where he left off with Detroit: he was strong on the puck, fearless, played 17:21 minutes, got one shot on net, and picked up a beautiful assist on Michel Miklik’s goal.
Jakub Kindl wore number 2 with the Czech Republic, played 18:30 minutes, registered two shots on net, and was a plus one on the day. But Kindl was on the ice for a goal against, which should not surprised Red Wings fans, and picked up a roughing penalty in the second period.
The Czech Republic bested Slovakia 3-2 in overtime.
Detroit Red Wings in action today
Gustav Nyquist makes his World Championship debut with Sweden vs Denmark at 9:45 a.m. EDT.
Danny DeKeyser and Justin Abdelkader with Team USA vs Switzerland at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
Tomas Tatar with Slovakia vs Cananda at 1:45 p.m. EDT.