The Tiger also brings it to the international stage. Washington Capitals center Lars Eller had a four-point game in Denmark’s 9-0 Shutout over Great Britain.
Lars Eller helped the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup last year with two defining moments. First, with a double overtime goal in Columbus that kept the team from being on the brink of elimination and then the Stanley Cup-clinching goal in Game 5.
Shortly after the 2018-19 season ended earlier than we all thought, Eller headed to the IIHF World Championship to represent Denmark. In their Tuesday win over Great Britain, Eller finished with a goal and three assists.
Denmark struck first on a 5-on-3 power play, their first of four power play goals on the night. Eller set up Jesper Jensen with a perfect backdoor pass while Jensen was lurking in the left corner of the net. Jensen effortlessly tapped it in at 8:49.
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Denmark doubled their lead 48 seconds later when Mathias Bau finished a tic-tac-toe sequence from Peter Regin and Mikkel Boedker. Bau is a Capitals prospect who played for Hershey but missed all of last season due to a broken rib injury. in last year’s tournament. Morten Poulsen made it 3-0 before the first intermission.
After Phillip Bruggisser scored to begin the second, Eller added a goal of his own with a one-time blast from a pass by Jesper Jensen. The Eller one-timer was like an Alex Ovechkin “office” goal except it was in the right face-off circle. That goal also came on the power play.
Eller would then assist on Denmark’s next two goals, both from Nicklas Jensen the current KHL player. Not Nick Jensen the new Capitals defenseman.
Jensen’s first goal was a snapshot finish off a cross-ice pass from Eller. Jensen’s second was a backhanded shot in front of the net finishing off a quick pass from Frederik Storm. Eller had the secondary assist on that one.
Denmark added two more goals from Morten Poulsen. Denmark’s win moved them to fourth place in Group A, tied with Team USA with five points. Eller and Denmark’s next game is on Thursday vs. Finland at 2 p.m. eastern on NHL Network.
One thing about Eller that separates him from his teammates is he’s the only player from Denmark to have lifted the Stanley Cup. There was a Game 5 watch party last year at a local movie theater to see Eller make history. Imagine what the scene would’ve looked like in there after this goal.