We are only two days into the 2011 IIHF World Championships, but already each day has seen a traditional powerhouse fall to an upstart nation.
First, on Friday, Germany was able to defeat Russia for the first time in 33 games, dating back to 1954. This snapped 0-32 streak included games between the nations when they carried out operations as West Germany and the USSR, respectively. The Germans got a shutout from 25-year-old goaltender Dennis Endras, who plays for Augsburger Panther in his home country’s domestic league. Russian starter Evgeni Nabokov was beaten only twice, but it was enough to give Germany the historic 2-0 win. The win helps Germany to achieve its goal of finishing in the top 3 of the 4 team group, and avoid the relegation round. The group also contains Slovakia and Slovenia. Slovakia deafeated Slovenia 3-1 on opening night.
Then, earlier today, Norway won a 5-4 game in a shootout over Sweden. This was another first, as Norway brought an 0-11-1 all-time record vs. Sweden into today’s game. Former LA Kings backup Erik Ersberg was in net for Sweden.
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