Four Detroit Red Wings saw action in day four of the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
USA was up against Russia, while Slovakia was up against France and the Czech Republic battled Canada.
USA vs Russia
Justin Abdelkader saw 16:41 minutes of ice time in game three, placed two shots on net, scored his first goal of the series, and was named the Best Player of the game for USA, but finished as a minus one for the game in the loss. Abdelkader has become more comfortable as the tournament has gone on and on May 12th he seemed to find his stride. Abdlekader was physical on the fore-check and back-check, finished his checks, and went to the front of the net every chance he could and that is how he scored his goal, a redirection out in front of the goaltender.
Danny DeKeyser saw 18:33 minutes of ice time in game three, recorded zero shots on net, and was a minus three in the loss to Russia. DeKeyser does not deserve the three minuses he received during the game as most of the goals were the result of his defensive partner, Jacob Trouba, and his teammates not having their man. DeKeyser had a decent game and got involved offensively, which could help him in Detroit next season.
USA lost to Russia 6-1.
Slovakia vs France
Tomas Tatar played 15:54 minutes, registered four shots on net, and was a minus one on the night. Tatar played well for Slovakia, but his defense left a lot to be desired; his minus was a result of him losing his man. Offensively Tatar created a lot of chances for himself and his teammates, but did not see much ice time when France took the lead.
Slovakia lost to France 5-3.
Czech Republic vs Canada
Jakub Kindl played 18:03 minutes, registered one shot on net, and was even on the day. Kindl was on the ice for one of Canada’s second period power play goals, but other than that he had a decent game on defense. During the Czech Republic’s attempted comeback in the third period, he ended up playing the second most minutes on the team.
Czech Republic lost to Canada 4-3.
Detroit Red Wings in action May, 13th
Gustav Nyquist and Sweden will be battling against their neighbors, Norway, at 1:45 p.m. EDT.
Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser, Jakub Kindl and Tomas Tatar have the day off.