Team Canada suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to France on the opening day of the 2014 World Hockey Championship.
James Reimer was in net for Canada and made 26 saves in the defeat. He was beaten once in the shootout as Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored on a high wrist shot to give France the win. It is expected that Ben Scrivens starts Saturday’s game against Slovakia (1:30pm TSN).
Although he was held off the scoresheet, Nazem Kadri led all Canadian players with six shots on net in over 16 minutes of ice-time. He saw time on Canada’s PP as did Morgan Rielly who played 4:14 as Canada’s seventh defenceman. Rielly was robbed by Cristobal Huet on a power play in the 2nd period.
Fellow Leaf Nik Kulemin had a much better day as Russia defeated Switzerland 5-0 in Group B action. Kulemin, wearing an ‘A’ played over 12 minutes and had one assist and a plus one rating. Russia is back in action on Sunday when they face Finland.
Jake Gardiner and the USA faced the hosts Belarus in evening action and came away with a 6-1 victory. Gardiner scored a goal and was plus two on the night in 15:23 of ice-time. The USA will now face Switzerland on Saturday (1:45pm TSN2).