May 2, 2011, 1:43 PM EST
Norway managed to upset Sweden in their 2011 IIHF World Championships opener and seemed like they had a shot to do the same against the United States this morning. The Norwegians built a quick 2-0 lead going in the first period, but the US ended up being more than they could handle in the final frame. This win allows the United States to advance to the second round.
Nick Palmieri scored two goals (including the game-winner) while Jack Skille and Craig Smith also found the net for the American team. Al Montoya didn’t need to do much for the win, earning only 13 saves. Ken Andre Climb and Anders Bastiansen gave Norway that 2-0 lead with goals a bit more than a minute apart in the first period.
The Czech Republic also advanced to the second round with a 6-0 win against Denmark.
Speaking of that Czech team, it appears that Radek Martinek is in stable condition from that brutal hit by Latvia’s Arturas Kulda. TSN reports that Kulda has been suspended for three games for that check.
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 154
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 98
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 120
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 15
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 90
- Shawn Thornton confirms hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety (Updated) 88
- Video: Penguins’ Neal knees Bruins’ Marchand 69
- Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated) 47
- Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ 78
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (154)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (128)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (120)
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller (98)