A bench minor for too many men on the ice did not help the North American cause late in the game. We just gave them way too much space and you can't with that lineup. "If we're going to play with the puck, these guys start to do something wrong for sure. Slow reading, slow reacting and slow to the scoreboard".
Rielly says him and his teammates talked about what they need to do as a unit against Sweden in what will be a must-win game for North America, and that he's up for any role McLellan decides.
It was one thing for North America to hold Finland to one goal and 25 shots. Murray, who stopped the first 15 shots he faced before Russian Federation broke through, jammed his thumb, but McLellan said he was healthy enough to play.
Nearly no one thought that Team Europe would be the dark horse of this tournament, but that's exactly the role they've taken on.
North America opened Sunday with a 4-1 win over Finland, befuddling veteran Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne - a three-time finalist for the Vezina Award - with a 43-shot barrage. "It was definitely a pretty good feeling", said Matthews. "We don't want to just get to first on a walk or a hit-by-pitch".
It was a huge win for the Russians, who looked rough in an opening loss to Sweden and needed this to have any chance of moving on.
"We knew they had lots of speed, especially up front", Bobrovsky said. "I had a high appreciation personally for how he played the game, but it's gone way up now that you're around him consistently day in and day out." Sep.
Team captain Zdeno Chara talked to the media about what made this team special, saying that "this could maybe be the only chance you will see this type of scenario". It wasn't necessarily a wake-up call for North America, who mounted their own comeback that fell short, but rather another example of how Russian Federation can go from on the ropes to delivering the knockout blow in a matter of minutes.
McDavid! What a play!
North America still had another opportunity 6 on 4 in the final minute.
SWEDISH D-LIGHT: The all-world blue line led by Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has been as good as advertised for Sweden, which has allowed one goal in two games. Russian Federation wraps up the group stage with a match against Finland on Thursday.
In other Monday action from Group A, surprising Team Europe edged the Czech Republic on Leon Draisaitl's overtime goal.
North America almost scored twice more in the first, as a puck got past Finn goalie Pekka Rinne but did not completely cross the goal line and the puck that crossed was waved off due to goaltender interference, but put the game away with a three-goal outburst in the second, as Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon added to the lead.
Zdeno Chara and Zuccarello scored in regulation while Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 shots for his second win of the tournament as Europe (2-0) moved into first place in Group A. A friendly bounce off an attempted clearance sent the puck right to Nikita Kucherov at the side of the net, and he batted it in to make the score 2-1 just 50 seconds after their first tally.
The Czechs almost respond moments later as the puck got behind Halak, but Dennis Seidenberg was there to clear it off the goal line.