Caps closer: Monday notes

St. John’s is a game away from moving on after a 5-1 win in Norfolk. That could be Tuesday night. Not that Brad Thiessen’s a slouch, but that John Gibson guy left the Admirals and is off doing some wacky things on the West Coast.

Missed a day at the Worlds, but didn’t miss much this afternoon (from the American perspective, at least) if you didn’t see Russia pound the U.S. in Minsk. Five goals on Tim Thomas, not that he had much help, a thought pounded in by the three-on-none that greeted David Leggio. The U.S. faces Latvia on Thursday.

Other games Sunday and Monday: Anders Nilsson made 30 saves in a shootout win over the Czechs yesterday; at about the same time, Mikko Koskinen was making 22 saves in a 4-2 loss to Russia. France came back today with a big win over Slovakia (Antoine Roussel had a couple in a four-goal third; Tomas Marcinko had a better day at the dot for the Slovaks) a day after a French letdown loss to Italy on a last-minute goal. Canada had to hold on to beat the Czechs. Host Belarus has come back with two wins in a row after that loss to the U.S. And Norway kept Denmark winless on Sunday. And Germany knocked off Latvia.

And RIP, Danny Field.

Michael Fornabaio