Two Boston Bruins players starred at the IIHF World Championships on Monday as Loui Eriksson notched a hat trick in Sweden’s 8-1 win over Latvia and Torey Krug scored a power play goal in the USA’s 4-2 win over Russia.
Krug scored his first goal of the tournament while the USA was on a 5-on-3 power play advantage. The goal put the Americans up 2-1 at the time. Krug was also named the U.S. player of the game (at the tournament, a player is picked from each team as player of the game). The USA defeat of Russia broke 12-game winning streak by Russia, the defending gold medal champions from last year’s tournament.
Meanwhile, in Sweden’s blowout win over Latvia, Eriksson improved upon his two assists on Sunday with three goals. He scored three of Sweden’s first four goals and was named Sweden’s player of the game. His first goal came in the final seconds of the first period while Sweden was on the power play, getting a fortunate bounce off of the Latvian defenders shin pads to beat the goaltender and put Sweden up 1-0.
About halfway through the second period, Eriksson scored his second goal by collecting a rebound on a shot from the point and burying it on the backhand. The second goal also came on a power play.
Eriksson’s third goal, which came in the final minute of the second period, was a deflection on a shot from the point. Although it is not generally tradition in Europe to throw hats on the ice for hat tricks, the broadcast reported that a few hats appeared on the ice for Eriksson.