Stepan, who now has 1g, 4a in the tournament, had three shots on goal in 19:20 of ice time.
Ryan McDonagh, who was bumped up to the top defense pair with Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks, had two shots on goal in 17:54 of ice time. While prospect Chris Kreider, the team's No. 1 draft choice in 2009, had no shots in 9:30 of ice time.
USA plays France today at 2:15 p.m. (tape dela on Versus at 11pm) in their second game of the qualification round.
...have I mentioned that I love Stepan? He's also got some nice chemistry going with Blake Wheeler. Hey Sather, you paying attention?
...i think this game, against NHL competition, may have proved that Kreider is not ready for the NHL.
Here's video of Stepan's goal...
Here's video of Stepan's post game press interview...
In other World Hockey games, Marian Gaborik was held scoreless as host Slovakia lost to the Czech Republic 3-2. Gaborik had just three shots on goal in 19:04 of ice time.
The Slovaks now must win both of their remaining games against Finland and Denmark in regulation and hope for the Finns to lose to Russia. to get into the qualification round.
Kreider is not ready, but thats why we want to put him in our ahl. So hes in our system and playing against better competition and with better players.
I watched the entire game and I didnt see much wrong with Kreider...
AND PLEASEEE SATHER DO NOT GET WHEELER! Hes a lazy player unless he has the puck. Stick with getting warrior players who will play the top of their game until forced not to
Step looked good out there last night. so did McD. it was really fun to watch. i was upset to see yet another game decided by a skills competition though. both teams played so well and played like teams. it would have been much, much more exciting to see it decided by a team. that being said, witness the power of the nash... sheesh im so upset that he's stuck in that dead-end market...
@MarkFox Agreed. Would much rather see him with Whale than another year at BC.
@IcyCup Yeah wouldn't mind seeing him on the Rangers. Future still bright though.