As everyone knows by now, the Bolts have 4 players representing their team in Vancouver. God knows why Steven Stamkos isn’t among those players, but representing our team and their respective countries are Andrej Meszaros, Mattias Ohlund, Ryan Malone and Antero Niittymaki.
In the USA’s first game a 3 to 1 victory for the good guys, Ryan Malone put home the US’s 3rd goal in typical Malone fashion, grinding in front of the net. He put home a power play goal that he hit at least 3 seperate times before it finally went in the net. His line of Joe Pavelski and Phil Kessell was particularly effective all game. Malone ended up with 3 shots on goal, second on the team.
Mattias Ohlund also scored a goal in the Swedes 2 to 0 victory over the Germans. Ohlund scored the first goal of the game for the Swedes, which technically is considered the game winner. He seemed like he was on the ice all game for the defending Olympic champs. He finished with 1 goal and 2 shots.
Meszaros played a lot of minutes for the Slovaks in their 3 to 1 game vs the Czechs’s but failed to tally any points. He consistently played on a blueline pairing with Captain Zdeno Chara. Meszaros was the only player on the Slovak squad to end up with a + rating (+1) for the game.
Malone plays again today vs the Norwegians, and Meszaros plays later tonight vs the Russians in a game that should be a real dandy.