Four Detroit Red Wings saw action in day two of the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
USA was up against Switzerland and former Red Wing Damien Brunner, while Slovakia was up against Canada and Sweden matched-up against Denmark.
Sweden vs Denmark
Gustav Nyquist had a solid game for Sweden in his World Championship debut and ended the game a plus one with 14:22 minutes played and a goal. Nyquist’s goal was the first by a Red Wing in the tournament and it was a result of a great individual effort from Nyquist.
He went straight after the defenseman with the puck, knocked down the pass, beat the Denmark defender to puck, out waited defender, and roofed the puck short-side against the goaltender.
Sweden shutout Denmark 3-0.
USA vs Switzerland
Abdelkader saw an increase in ice time from 11:59 in game one to 17:03 in game two, which was probably a result of his improved play on the ice. Abdelkader finished the game with a minus one rating, but won two of his three face-offs and helped seal the game for USA in the final minute. He even dived headfirst to try to block a shot; the puck ended up getting through and Thomas had to make a great save, but it is the thought that counts.
DeKeyser saw an increase in minutes from game one to game two from 20:06 minutes of ice time to 23:27 and was second in ice time to only Jacob Trouba. He was a minus one along with Abdlekader, but picked up three shots on net and was on the ice in the final seconds to secure the win for USA.
USA beat Belarus 3-2.
Slovakia vs Canada
Tomas Tatar played 16:06 minutes and got one shot on net, but did not look as good against to a stacked Canadian team compared to the Czech Republic. Tatar did show flashes of brilliance in the game though; he drew a tripping penalty when he was on his way to getting a breakaway and made a few nice passes on the power play.
Slovakia is not counting on Tatar to be a major scorer, but only two shots in two game is not good enough.
Canada rebound against their loss to France and beat Slovakia 4-1.
Detroit Red Wings in action May, 11th
Gustav Nyquist and Sweden will be battling against Jakub Kindl and the Czech Republic at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, and Tomas Tatar have the day off.