The IIHF World Junior Championship wrapped up last night. The USA took the bronze medal over Sweden earlier in the day 4-2 in front of another strong performance by Jack Campbell. Later, Canada and Russia faced off in the gold medal game. Canada showed all the same jump early that won them their semifinal game against the US and enjoyed a 3-0 lead after two periods. However, the Russians switched goalies going into the third and tactics and ended up with five unanswered goals to take the championship.
Thoughts on the games? Any American fans out there at least a little satisfied that Canada didn't win gold on our soil (although they finished higher than we did)? More thoughts on the Canadian fans who filled each arena in Buffalo and how they acted? Personally, I don't like razzing goaltenders in juniors, but these are big damn juniors.
If that's not enough, the Lightning got blasted 8-1 by the Penguins last night. New guy Dwayne Roloson started, but got yanked after the first three, only to come in later after Ellis gave up three of his own and give up two more.
Elsewhere in the league, and in the conference that matters, Dallas beat the Blackhawks 4-2, despite playing much of the third period with only four defensemen. Vancouver beat our Friday date Calgary 3-1, and Nashville continues bouncing all over the Central standings with a 4-1 win over the Ducks which put them in second place in the Central (9 points back). The Preds are one of only two teams in the West (Edmonton) which hasn't scored 100 goals yet on the season, but they've also allowed fewer goals than any team in the league not named after bears. Question: is this the year the Preds win a playoff series?
All this, and anything else you can think of below. It's an off-day open thread, where anything goes unless it doesn't.