By Mike Harrington
The standout NHL team at the World Championships today in Minsk? None other than your Buffalo Sabres.
With Ted Nolan behind the bench and Zemgus Girgensons getting the go-ahead goal with 5:25 left in the third period, upstart Latvia upset Team USA, 6-5. Girgensons' goal was simply spectacular -- and he burned Sabres/Team USA prospect Jake McCabe (No. 29 in white). Take a look at the play and the celebration on the Latvian broadcast, from both the announcers and the fans:
Keeping their momentum going from their strong showing at the Sochi Olympics, the Latvians have three wins in this tournament -- after not posting one since 2001. Latvia plays Russia on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Cody Hodgson notched a hat trick as Canada rolled past Denmark, 6-1. Hodgson had a goal in each period and Tyler Myers added an assist for Canada.
Canada leads Group A with 10 points while Latvia is second in Group B with nine and Team USA is fourth with six. The U.S. meets Kazakhstan on Friday and Finland on Sunday. You can see all the standings here.