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Blueger gets two points in Latvia win


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Teddy Blueger (left). -- ANDRE RINGUETTE / IIHF

Two Penguins players -- Teddy Blueger and Dominik Simon -- were in action on the second day of the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

Blueger, appearing in his third World Championship tournament for Latvia, recorded two secondary assists in a 5-2 win over Austria.

Blueger was used in a third-line center role, but recorded 22:12 of ice time, the second-highest on the team. He was on Latvia's top power play unit and killed penalties. His six shots tied for the team lead, and he finished with an even plus/minus.

Blueger was injured in Latvia's final pre-tournament exhibition game, and his status for Game 1 was in doubt. He appears to be fine now.

The Czech Republic defeated Norway, 7-2, in their second game of the tournament. Simon was scoreless in 16:03 of ice time. He recorded one shot and a plus-1 rating in the win.

Around the rest of the tournament:

• Denmark defeated France, 5-4, in a shootout.

• Germany defeated Great Britain, 3-1, with former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin Matthias Plachta (the return in the Sergei Plotnikov trade) picking up primary assists on Germany's second and third goals.

• Switzerland crushed Italy in a 9-0 shutout win, with the Wild's Kevin Fiala scoring a hat trick and an assist.

• Finland defeated Slovakia 4-2, powered by a hat trick by Kaapo Kakko, the projected No. 2 pick in this summer's draft.

Finland sits atop the Group A standings and the Czech Republic leads Group B, as the only teams to have a 2-0 record.

All Penguins players in the tournament, with the exception of Simon, are scheduled to play in Sunday's games. Evgeni Malkin's Russian squad will take on Austria, Patric Hornqvist and Marcus Pettersson will face Italy with the Swedish team, Blueger and the Latvians will play Switzerland, and Matt MurrayJared McCann, and the rest of the Canadian team will play Great Britain. Other tournament games will include USA vs. France and Denmark vs. Germany.


Day 1: Hornqvist scores; Malkin and Simon record assists

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