How the Maple Leafs Performed in the Final Day of Preliminary Action at the World Hockey Championships and What’s Next

Tavares finished the preliminary round with one goal and seven assists, the most of any Maple Leaf at the tournament and second on Team Canada.

The final day of the World Championship’s preliminary round was on Tuesday and if you are a Maple Leafs fan, you likely had your eyes glued to two games.

Canada took on Czechia in what was an overtime thriller. John Tavares sprung Brandon Hagel on the breakaway to put Canada up by two goals before Czechia clawed their way back late in the third period to force the extra frame.

David Kampf returned to the lineup centering Czechia’s third line against Canada on Tuesday after missing a game due to injury. He didn’t register a point while having 13:42 of ice time. Kampf’s preliminary round ended with four assists in six games with Czechia.

Dylan Cozens scored in overtime for Canada, who’ll play Slovakia on Thursday in the quarter-finals. Tavares’ prelims concluded with one goal and seven assists in six games.

Pontus Holmberg was also in action on Tuesday as Sweden took on Slovakia. Holmberg had an assist and 17:25 of ice time while centering the second line in the Swede’s 6-1 win over the Slovaks. He finishes the preliminary round with six assists in seven games.

What’s next for Tavares, Kampf, and Holmberg at the World Championships?

Tavares and Canada, who finished atop Group A, will take on Slovakia in the quarter-finals on Thursday with puck drop scheduled at 10:20 a.m. ET. Slovakia finished the prelims in fourth place in Group B.

Kampf and Czechia will play their quarter-final matchup against the United States on Thursday at 2:20 p.m. ET. Czechia finished third in Group A and Team USA finished second in Group B.


Holmberg and Sweden will play their Scandinavian counterpart, Finland, in the quarter-finals on Thursday at 2:20 p.m. ET. Sweden finished in the top spot in Group B while Finland’s prelims concluded with them in fourth in Group A.

The semi-finals are on Friday with the World Championship final being played on Saturday at 2:20 p.m. ET.

Related Posts

The Changing Dynamics of the Toronto Maple Leafs Forwards

The Toronto Maple Leafs have evolved significantly since winning the Draft Lottery in 2016 and selecting Auston Matthews as the first overall pick. Starting the 2016-17 season, the team built its…

2024 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 53

Paul Goldschmidt has been destroying the hopes and dreams of opposing teams since 2012 when he played his first full season in the big leagues. He has…

Colts eager to see new offense come together – ESPN

INDIANAPOLIS — On a first-and-10 from the Colts’ own 25-yard line, quarterback Anthony Richardson took a shotgun snap and quickly tossed the ball to running back Jonathan Taylor on a…

2 moves Sabres must make in 2024 NHL offseason

The Buffalo Sabres had high expectations heading into the 2023-24 NHL season. Buffalo missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by just one point in 2023. They had a wealth of…

NFL analyst suggests final offseason move Indianapolis Colts should make

As the Indianapolis Colts continue into the heart of the offseason workout program, there are still chances to add more talent to the roster. Sitting with a comfortable amount of…

This Day In Sabres History – Flyers Win Cup In Buffalo

On this day 49 years ago, the Philadelphia Flyers won their second straight Stanley Cup, eliminating the Buffalo Sabres in six games with a 2-0 shutout victory at Memorial…