BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 26: Goalie Jack Campbell #1 of USA covers up after making a save during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between USA and Finland on December 26 2010 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
The Dallas Stars may have had a frustrating night on the ice but several top prospects for the Stars shined bright in the World Junior Championships today in Buffalo, New York.
Top draft pick Jack Campbell was named the player of the game for the United States, stopping 32 of 34 shots as his team was able to best Finland in overtime to kick off their defense of the gold medal. Nick Bjugstad scored the winning goal for the USA just over three minutes into overtime. While most of us were focused on the Stars tonight, it was great to see Campbell continue his dominance in international play; you have to think a performance like tonight's will only help his continued transition into pro hockey and add to the confidence he was lacking just a few months ago.
Earlier in the day, another draft pick for the Stars had a big game. John Klingberg -- one of two Swedish defensemen drafted this past summer by the Stars -- had a goal and an assist as Sweden dominated Norway en route to a 7-1 win in their first game of the tournament. Klingberg finished with two points and was a plus-2 on the night. Fellow defensive prospect Patrik Nemeth went scoreless, although he did end up plus-3 on the night.
Team USA will take on Slovakia at 7:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, while Sweden will face Russia earlier that evening. Both teams are expected to contend for the gold medal this year.