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Blackhawks at Worlds: Day One

See how Blackhawks players and prospects fared on the first day of the IIHF World Championships

The 2019 IIHF World Championships got underway today, and all four games featured Blackhawks players. Here's how they fared:

Finland defeats Canada 3-1

Henri Jokiharju was in action on Finland's blue line, but didn't crack the score sheet. Here's a wrist shot from the point that was saved by Canadian goaltender Matt Murray:

Shortly after, he committed a high-sticking penalty that led to a Canadian power play goal by Jonathan Marchessault:

Dylan Strome was kept off the score sheet for Canada while going 6-8 at the faceoff dot. The most notable performance of the game was by top draft prospect Kaapo Kakko, who recorded two goals and an assist to propel Finland to victory. He will be one of the top two draft picks, which is tough luck for the Blackhawks sitting at number three in the draft:

Blackhawks prospect Kevin Lankinen was solid in net all game for the Finns. He only allowed one goal and made a nice save on a point-blank chance during Canada's last offensive push of the game:

Russia defeats Norway, 5-2

The Russians cruised to victory in this one, and Artem Anisimov got in on the scoring early:

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He had another chance right in front of the net in the second period, but he couldn't quite corral the puck in a tight space:

Slovakia defeats the United States, 4-1

The Americans looked flat in this contest, but the only sign of life came from the two Blackhawks representatives. Patrick Kane set up Alex DeBrincat for a power play goal, which tied the game at one at that point in time:

Czech Republic defeats Sweden, 5-2

Here's a name that may fly under the radar: Dominik Kubalik. The Blackhawks acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings during the season in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. Kubalik lit the lamp in the second period for the Czech Republic in this contest:

On the Swedish side, Erik Gustafsson recorded an assist on this shot that was redirected by Oskar Lindblom:

What's Next?

Four of the six games tomorrow will feature Blackhawks players or prospects.

  • 5:00 AM central time: Switzerland (F Philipp Kurashev) vs. Italy
  • 9:00 AM central time: Germany (F Dominik Kahun) vs. Great Britain
  • 1:00 PM central time: Slovakia vs. Finland (D Henri Jokiharju, G Kevin Lankinen)
  • 1:00 PM central time: Norway (F Andreas Martinsen) vs. Czech Republic (F Dominik Kubalik)

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