I never thought Italy would actually ever win a competitive hockey game! Sucks for Lars but for for Italy!
And Patches with another helper so far for team USA against Slovakia
Watching denmark now, I'm not surprised. There are guys on this team who can't catch a simple pass. It's like watching pee-wee. They should be using Eller at Centre where he can come back and help the D more. And they need the help, that's for sure.
Is Eller visibly the team's best player? How would you rate his performance?
You notice that his skating is pretty much the best on his team, IMO. He's being used on wing so we're not seeing his best stuff either. He made a few nice passes which his linemates promptly coughed up.
Nothing spectacular, but his team is being entirely dominated. Not much puck possession to speak of for denmark.
How did the Czechs struggle so much against Norway?!?
Plekanec with an assist on the tying goal, no clue how he played though.
Norway only lost 3-1 to Sweden and 4-2 to Russia. They don't produce star players but they are playing better and better as a team. If you look outside the obvious top 6, they are now forming a group of 4-5 teams (Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Switzerland, Norway) that are not to the level of the top 6 but that are creating a gap between them and the teams below (Denmark, France, Austria, Kazakhstan, Slovenia and Italy).
They beat Sweden and Switzerland at last year's championship and lost to Canada by 1 goal and went on to finish in 6th position.