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Quick Strikes: Eric Cernak is “Hero of the Day” on day 1 of Worlds

And other news from the World Championship!

United States v Slovakia: Group A - 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

The Lightning

The World Championship is probably the most interesting event for the Tampa Bay Lightning fans this spring. The tournament started yesterday in Slovakia and all eight Lightning players played their first games.

The Russian team defeated Norway. Andrei Vasilevskiy played the entire game and made 25 stops. Nikita Kucherov scored a power play goal and added an assist on a Nikita Gusev’s goal. Mikhail Sergachev played on a first pair and assisted on a Kucherov’s only goal.

The biggest upset of the opening day was a Slovakian victory over team USA. The American team with stars like Patrick Kane, Jack Eichel and potential first overall pick in the upcoming draft Jack Hughes couldn’t do anything against host Slovakia. Eric Cernak scored a game-winning goal.

Eric Cernak has been named Hero of the Day!

Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph played 13:10 and 10:46 respectively, but their team lost to Finland 1-3.

The winners of the 2018 World Championship team, Sweden, has been defeated by the Czech team. Ondrej Palat and Jan Rutta didn’t record any point.

Meanwhile the Teacher Appreciation Week continues for Lightning Made:

The Crunch

Thirteen former Syracuse Crunch players are playing at the Worlds!

The Worlds

In other news from the Worlds, projected 2nd overall pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft Kaapo Kakko scored two goals against Canada on a opening night, including this beauty:

It hasn’t been left without attention from some NHL teams:

Despite losing, team Sweden played an excellent hockey:

Here’s the standings after the first day:

The Game

The Guelph Storm have taken a lead in the 2019 OHL Finals against the Ottawa 67. They are one victory away from winning the title, despite losing in every previous series.

The Detroit Red Wings put together a dynasty that was on the verge of winning five Stanley Cups in 13 years. Through incredible drafting, timely trades, and contract wizardry by their GM, they had created a team that made 25-straight playoffs without ever needing to take time off to rebuild.

And then it changed.

The story about the Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz who is fighting with antibiotic-resistant sinus infection [CBC]

“Bacteria need to eat and when they’re in your nose, there is really only one thing that they can eat and that is your cartilage and your cells,” said Jason Tetro, an independent researcher in health-related microbiology and immunology, from Toronto.

”You may start off with a breakage in the septum, or it may create holes that are going to need reconstructive surgery.

”But more importantly, if it goes into your bloodstream, you’re going to need antibiotics through an IV which is part of the reason why Katz has been seen with an IV bag.”

Tonight the San Jose Sharks are going to play against the St. Louis Blues in the first game of the Western Conference Finals, meanwhile the Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi has helped to pay off its debt for a local indoor skatepark Pulju in Finland.

Some bad news for the Carolina Hurricanes before the second game of the Eastern Conference Finals:

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