Photo: Heike Feiner/eishockey-online.com

Hershey Bear and Team Germany goalie Philipp Grubauer shut out Team Russia in a pre-World Championship exhibition game. The Germans won 3-0.

Both Alex Ovechkin and Dmitry Orlov sat out (Ovechkin’s absence was described as part of an “acclimatization and adaptation” period by the team’s spokesman), while Orlov’s omission from the line-up seemed to be a part of the rotation process that comes from having 30 players (27 skaters) on the roster. Evgeny Kuznetsov played on the team’s second line.

Grubauer has yet to play in an official game for the national team. After the game, thanked his team for support.

“This was a great team performance,” Grubauer said. “Everyone helped. It was important that we had good defense. It was not so easy to come into play because there is a difference between playing on a small or large ice surface. But it was a good start and we can build on it.”

With the Germany win, the teams have split a two game series.

The teams will meet on a preliminary stage of a World Championship on Sunday, May 18th. The tournament will begin on May 9th.

Photo: Deutsche Eishockey-Bund

  • Zach S.

    Ew, ads on pads.

  • Capper63

    Is there a Nike’s store nearby? Our boys might need a few more designer sweat suits.

  • Graham Dumas
  • Capper63

    Who is Clinkin?

  • Eric Schulz

    This is way off topic, but I was listening to some old podcast, and was reminded that Kesler was on the trade block… any interest here? Anybody think Johansson and Carrick are enough? If not, what else is necessary (or is that too far off that it even matters)? I’d think that it *could* get it done; Vancouver is a rebuilding team, and Johansson’s youth and talent, plus a 19-year-old defenseman ought to get it done. Carrick was playing above his head in the NHL, so I’m really not remotely confident in what his trade value is (or should be)… but that seems like a workable deal, so long as Vancouver *knows* they should be rebuilding (Calgary has been a rebuilding team for about 4 or 5 years, but only realized it last offseason). If those two don’t get it done (to me, they are the two Caps with the best combination of high trade value who are still expendable), I’d throw in next year’s 1st to the deal, if need be.
    Kesler + a FA D-man (I lean towards Meszaros) + a legit GM and coach (GM = no idea; coach = I want Laviolette or Trotz right now) is a scenario that would make me ecstatic.

  • Begemot

    It’s “Glinkin,” but it’s hard to see in that photo.

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=106168

  • Capper63

    Sorry, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    I think we can all agree that the first order of business is to have “shaggy” Ovie come back for next year, instead of crew cut, cyborg Ovie.

  • Fedor

    Glinkin played with Kuznetsov for Traktor for many years.

  • frowning

    Anyone know where I can watch these games live?

  • Capper63

    Hockeystreams probably.

  • Eric Schulz

    From the Hockey News 2013-14 Yearbook:
    “Ovechkin was shaving and combing his hair more regularly… and he had never looked so haggard in his life.”

  • Bilal

    Try firstrowsports.eu
    They have NHL games, but im not sure about International