As the exhibition and tournament games have rolled on, Team North America has steadily gained more followers. They are a gifted group of kids who were going head to head with their most formidable foe yet in Team Russia.
The Wonder Twins of Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews teamed up for the first goal of the game. It was everything we dreamed of and more.
McDavid gets past Father Time himself, Pavel Dasyuk, along the boards. On the far side, Matthews streaks by a stumbling Alexei Emelin and receives the puck to put it past Sergei Bobrovsky.
Despite being outshot 9 to 11, the Aqua Teen Hockey Force kept Team Russia in check a majority of the first period.
The Swedish national team was dealt a blow before the puck dropped in their first tournament game. They’d be without preeminent No. 1 goaltender Henrik Lundqvist who came down with an illness before the game.
Instead, it was Jacob Markstrom’s net. For 59:33, he had a shutout against the always offensively dangerous Russians. With a little good fortune going the Swedes way, they won the opener 2-1.
The first period between Team Sweden and Team Russia showcased the first real competitive hockey of the tournament; however, the goaltenders held court. Markstrom made eight saves against the Russians, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 10 shots from the Swedes.
In the second period, with the score tied at zero, Patric Hornqvist appeared to have the first goal on his stick. Bobrovsky turned him away with the glove hand.