Alex Ovechkin had a power play goal for the second time in as many games and Russia remained perfect at the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championships with a 4-2 win against Finland.
Ovechkin has two goals and an assist in two games at this year’s tournament, with Russia sitting in a first place tie with the United States atop Group B. The U.S., Russia and Norway are the only three countries in the 16-team preliminary round to win their first two games in regulation.
Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov had an assist on Ovechkin’s power play goal Sunday for his first point at the 2014 World Championships. Evgeni Kuznetsov was held off the scoresheet Sunday, but scored Friday in Russia’s 5-0 win against Switzerland.
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 34 of 36 shots Sunday to improve to 2-0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against-average and .968 save percentage.
GRUBAUER IMPRESSES IN DEBUT: Capitals goaltending prospect Philipp Grubauer had an impressive debut Sunday with 19 saves as Germany beat Latvia 3-2 in regulation. Germany’s record stands at 1-1-0-0 with one regulation win and one shootout win.
Grubauer was making his first career international start at the senior level, having previously represented Germany at five junior tournaments. Germany next plays winless Finland on Tuesday.
ANOTHER POINT FOR GRABOVSKI: Caps center and pending unrestricted free agent Mikhail Grabovski picked up his second assist in as many games as the host Belarusians earned their first win of the tournament. Belarus beat Kazakhstan 4-1. Grabovski skated just over 21 minutes and won 13-of-16 faceoffs.
UP NEXT: After a day off Sunday, the U.S. will put its perfect record on the line Monday against unbeaten Russia [NBCSN; 1:15 p.m.]. Both teams enter the game in a first place tie atop Group B.
Capitals Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward will also be in action as Canada takes on the Czech Republic. Ward scored twice Saturday in Canada’s 4-1 win against Slovakia.