Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Team USA Ends Relegation Round 3-0

Newyorkrangers.com reports that Team USA defeated Italy in an eight-round overtime shootout 3-2 to ensure that Team USA will be back in the World Championships' elite division next year.

The U.S. squad needed to finish first or second in the four-team relegation round, and it ended up first overall with a perfect 3-0 record and eight of nine possible points, outscoring its opponents 16-2 in regulation.

Brandon Dubinsky, who had a goal and an assist in the game, ended the relegation round with 10 points in three games. Matt Gilroy had four points in the tournament while Chris Kreider ended with two.

...raise your hand if you're excited about Team USA going 3-0 in the relegation round? Anybody?

Michael Del Zotto, Marc Staal, Chad Johnson and Team Canada face Michal Rozsival and the Czechs in a qualification-round game today. Staal was likely to be the only Canadian Ranger in action, since Johnson is the backup goaltender and Del Zotto is a healthy scratch.

...first Del Zotto dresses but doesn't play, now he's a healthy scratch. What's up with that?

While Artem Anisimov and Team Russia meet Finland on tonight in the final qualification-round game before the quarterfinals begin on Thursday.

1 comment:

Michele said...

Considering the Italians' performance in the Torino Olympics, Dubinksy has nothing to get excited about.