It was a tough day at the World Hockey Championship for four Leafs players as they suffered tough defeats and will not medal at the tournament this year.
Morgan Rielly, Nazem Kadri, James Reimer and Canada fell 3-2 to Finland. It was the fifth straight year that Canada has been eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the World Championship.
Canada entered the third period with a 2-1 lead but Finland scored twice in the period including a late goal to upset Canada.
Kadri played over 15 minutes and led Canada with six shots on net in the loss. He finished the tournament with 3 assists while Rielly saw less than five minutes in Thursday’s game. Rielly ended the tournament with three points and averaging 7:47 of ice-tine a game. Reimer did not play in the quarter-final loss as Ben Scrivens got the start for Canada.
Jake Gardiner and the USA were in penalty trouble throughout the game and allowed three second period power play goals which they couldn’t overcome despite two late goals in their 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic. Gardiner was held off the scoresheet in over 18 minutes of action.
The only Leafs player to advance to the semi-finals is Nik Kulemin as Russia defeated France 3-0. Kulemin had two assists and was a +1 in 13:53 of ice-time.
The semi-final games will take place on Saturday and the matchups are: Russia vs. Sweden (7:30 am TSN) and Finland vs. Czech Republic (11:30am TSN). The winners of the semi-final play in the Gold Medal game Sunday (1:15pm TSN).