German goaltender Dennis Endras, who the Wild signed as a free agent last year, came up with a 2-0 shutout victory over Russia in Germany’s opening victory at the IIHF World Championship. Endras turned aside all 31 shots from a Russian team that features Ilya Kovalchuk, Maxim Afinogenov and young gun Vladimir Tarasenko.
Shining at the World Championship is nothing new for Endras who was the tournament’s top goaltender last year when Germany hosted the competition. He was 4-2 with a 1.15 goals against average and a .961 save percentage. That included a spectacular 31-save performance in a 2-1 victory over Eric Nystrom and the United States in the preliminary round. That game was played at Veltins Arena in front of a world record crowd of 76,152.
Cal Clutterbuck and Brent Burns will be in action later today when Canada takes on Belarus.