The second day of games was full of good match-ups as well so let's dive right in.
Finland 5, Belarus 1
Simply put, Finland was too much Belarus to handle. Oli Jokinen, your favorite fu manchu wearing Finn, opened the scoring early with a power-play goal followed by another power-play goal off the stick of Niklas Hagman. Sergei Kostitsyn scored the lone Belarus goal 21 seconds into the second period but the lead wouldn't stand as the Finns added three more goals. Hagman added his second of the game in the second period, Valtteri Filppula (woo!) scored 23 seconds into the third and then Jarkko Ruutu closed out the scoring. 5-1 win for Finland.
Red Wings involved:
Valtteri Filppula, Finland: Filppula's goal set the tone for the third period. Filppula had a goal, 3 shots on goal, and won 2 of 4 face-offs.
Sergei Kolosov, Belarus (Grand Rapids): Kolosov broke even on +/- so I guess that's good right?
Red Wings Sweden 2, Germany 0
First off, what the crap, NBC? You don't show the start of the game because of curling, fine since its switched over to MSNBC. Then, viewers are told to switch to CNBC which has OVERTIME CURLING ON. Okay, end of mini-rant. Sweden looked rusty from the start and Germany played better than most expected. Ze Germans were pretty competitive from the highlights I saw (I fell asleep at like 8:30 because I'm an old man). Sweden only out-shot Germany by 4, 25-21. Mattias Ohlund (Tampa Bay) scored on the power-play and Loui Eriksson (Dallas) sored later to put Sweden up 2, all that they would need to win.
Red Wings involved:
Henrik Zetterberg, Sweden: hard to really find all that much stats since on Hank's performance
Johan Franzen, Sweden: same with Henrik, but registered a shot on goal.
Nicklas Lidstrom, Sweden: The Captain put a shot on net, hard to find some of these stats otherwise though.
Niklas Kronwall, Sweden: Kronwall jumped about 2 feet in the air to hit a German player, so that's not good. 2 shots on goal.
Mikael Samuelsson, Sweden: not on roster, for...language/attitude issues.
Czech Republic 3, Slovakia 1
Ha, Marian Hossa. Well, this was billed the "divorce game" in my mind since the two nations used to be together, happy in Europe until nationalist tensions tore them apart. Patrik Elias scored for Czech Republic in the first, Marian Gaborik for Slovakia in the second followed by two Czech goals off the sticks of Jaromir Jagr and Tomas Plekanec. Jagr led the way with a goal and an assist
Former Red Wings involved:
Jiri Hudler, wait nevermind. IIHF didn't like that whole switch to KHL thing too much it seems.
Marian Hossa, Slovakia: an assist, 5 shots
Tomas Kopecky, Slovakia: 3 shots.