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Hockey Daily Dose

Tampa spoils Fleury's start

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The 2016 World Championship wrapped up on Sunday with Canada defeating Finland 2-0 to capture the gold.  Russia also earned a dominating 7-2 victory over Team USA in the bronze medal game to avoid coming up empty handed in the tournament they were hosting.

 

For Canada that represents their second straight gold, which is their first set of back-to-back tournament victories since 2003-04.  For Finland, this was the second time they earned the silver medal in the span of three years.  Russia meanwhile has now claimed a medal in three consecutive World Championships.

 

At the other end of the spectrum, Hungary and Kazakhstan finished in 15th and 16th place respectively and have been regulated to Division I for 2017.  They'll be replaced in 2017 by Slovenia and Italy, which earned the top two spots in Division I Group A in the tournament that took place back in April.

 

Patrik Laine, who had six goals and 13 points in 10 games with Finland, was named the tournament's MVP.  He might end up being taken by the Winnipeg Jets with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  If Winnipeg passes on him, then Columbus will probably scoop him up with the third overall selection.

 

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LIGHTNING 4 PENGUINS 3 (Tampa Bay leads 3-2)

 

Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the 2016 playoffs, but it wasn't an ideal outing for him.  He turned aside 21 of 25 shots and afterwards he said that he should have been better.  In particular, he wasn't happy about the first goal he surrendered.

 

The marker Fleury was referring to was Alex Killorn's goal.  Pittsburgh had a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, but Killorn put the Lightning back in the game.  No team had a lead of more than one goal for the remainder of the contest.

 

Lightning forward Tyler Johnson netted the overtime winner after registering an assist earlier in the contest.  He's now found the back of the net in three straight games.

 

Chris Kunitz has been on fire lately too.  The Penguins forward also extended his goal scoring streak to three games with a marker at 19:10 of the third period.  At the time, Kunitz's goal put Pittsburgh up 3-2.

 

That Penguins lead was closed by Nikita Kucherov at 16:44 of the third period.  It was Kucherov's second marker of the game and he later got an assist on Johnson's overtime goal.  Over the past three games, Kucherov has recorded seven points.

 

Pittsburgh's Brian Dumoulin scored the first goal of the game and his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.  He now has seven points in 16 contests.

 

Patric Hornqvist also found the back of the net for Pittsburgh.  He has seven goals and 10 points in 16 contests.

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 31 of 34 shots to pick up his second straight win.  He's been filling the void left by Ben Bishop, who was hurt in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Ryan Dadoun

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