Call them the ringers, or reinforcements. With the Stanley Cup Playoffs well into the third round, countries at the World Championships have become the benefactor for NHL players that want to represent their country fresh off being eliminated from the playoffs.
Hours after arriving in Denmark from Boston shortly after being eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins forwards David Pastrnak and David Krejci combined for seven points in their first game of the tournament, with jet leg and all.
After the Winnipeg Jets eliminated the Nashville Predators, Team Sweden lucked out and got the green light from Filip Forsberg, Viktor Ardvisson and Mattias Ekholm, as the trio of Preds players parachuted from Nashville straight to Denmark to join their fellow countrymen.
During Monday’s 3-1 win over Team Russia, Forsberg showcased his world class talent with a couple of unbelievable plays that will make the jaw drop of any hockey fan.
First, it was this ridiculous one-handed move by the Preds sniper, as he drove inside towards the net while pushing off a defender and flinging a shot on goal.
Just check out the sure strength there. If you watched him during the post-season, then you’re really not surprised whatsoever, considering he posted 7 goals and 9 assists in 13 games.
If you thought that was nice, check out this move he pulled to evade two Russian players. The creativity and execution from Forsberg is second to none.
Swedish hockey fans and fans of the Preds will be able to watch the Swede on Thursday when they play Latvia in the quarters on Thursday.