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2021 IIHF Men’s World Championships: Thompson, Ruotsalainen Score

Sabres forwards both score game-winning goals

Ice Hockey World Championship: Germany - Finland Photo by Roman Koksarov/picture alliance via Getty Images

Buffalo Sabres Tage Thompson and Arttu Ruotsalainen each had the game-winning goals for their respective teams in action at the 2021 IIHF World Championships. The United States beat Norway, while Finland topped Germany. This was Thompson’s first game back after injury.

Here’s a look at Thompson’s goal, which held up as the game winner:

And here’s Ruotsalainen’s goal, which came with under nine minutes to play:

Remember, Colin Miller is done for the tournament with injury. With him out, here are the remaining Sabres and their stats:

Tobias Rieder: 5 games played, 1-2-3, +2, avg. 14:18/game

JJ Peterka: 1 game played, 0-0-0, 0, avg. 13:33/game

Tage Thompson: 3 games played, 1-1-2, +1, avg. 12:29/game

Arttu Ruotsalainen: 5 games played, 2-1-3, 0, avg. 16:04/game

Lawrence Pilut: 5 games played, 0-2-2, +3, avg. 18:17/game

Victor Olofsson: 5 games played, 1-1-2, -2, avg. 17:07/game

Czech Republic 6, Great Britain 1

Czech Republic goals: Lukas Klok, Filip Hronek, Libor Sulak (2), Filip Chytil, Radan Lenc

Great Britain goal: Matthew Myers

Kazakhstan 11, Italy 3

Kazakhstan goals: Roman Starchenko (2), Yegor Petukhov, Yevgeni Rymarev, Nikita Mikhailis, Curtis Valk, Artyom Likhotnikov (2), Kirill Panyukov, Viktor Svedberg, Yegor Shalapov

Italy goals: Angelo Micelli, Peter Hochkofler, Alex Petan

ROC 4, Switzerland 1

ROC goals: Anton Burdasov, Pavel Karnaukhov, Sergei Tolchinski (2)

Switzerland goals: Nico Hischier

United States 2, Norway 1

United States goals: Conor Garland, Tage Thompson

Norway goals: Ken Andre Olimb

Slovakia 2, Denmark 0

Slovakia goals: Peter Cehlarik, Adam Janosik

Denmark goals: None

Finland 2, Germany 1

Finland goals: Anton Lundell, Arttu Ruotsalainen

Germany goals: Korbinian Holzer


Group A

1. Slovakia (4-0-0-1)

2. ROC (4-0-0-1)

3. Switzerland (3-0-0-2)

4. Czech Republic (2-1-0-2)

5. Denmark (2-1-0-3)

6. Sweden (2-0-0-3)

7. Great Britain (1-0-1-4)

8. Belarus (1-0-1-3)

Group B

1. Finland (4-0-1-0)

2. United States (4-0-0-1)

3. Kazakhstan (2-2-0-2)

4. Germany (3-0-0-2)

5. Latvia (2-0-2-1)

6. Canada (2-0-0-3)

7. Norway (1-1-0-4)

8. Italy (0-0-0-5)

Sunday’s Games

9:00 a.m., Belarus vs. Switzerland

9:00 a.m., Italy vs. Canada (Live on NHLN)

1:00 p.m., Sweden vs. Slovakia

1:00 p.m., Finland vs. Latvia (Live on NHLN)