Red Wings at the Worlds: Mrazek’s Czechs, Team USA eliminated in Quarterfinals
From Kuklas Korner
May 18, 2017 - 1:40pm
It was a puzzling day for the Red Wings' representatives at the World Championship in Paris and Cologne.
In Paris, the Czechs chose to start Pavel Francouz instead of Petr Mrazek for the Czechs' Quarterfinal match-up against Russia, and the Czechs lost 3-0;
And in Cologne, the Americans looked like what they are--incredibly, incredibly young--as Finland eliminated the U.S. from medal contention with a 2-0 shutout.
Dylan Larkin was near-heroic in winning faceoff after faceoff and earning grade-A scoring opportunities; Jimmy Howard was as good as he could possibly be in keeping the Americans in it, and Danny DeKeyser was pleasantly invisible, but a U.S. team that had won 6 straight games blew its opportunity to advance to the Semifinals.
I don't even blame Blashill for this one; the Americans just didn't have an answer for the FInnish Trap, and they got jittery.
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