2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 12 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 12 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 51: Canada vs. Belarus (Helsinki)

Ryan O’Reilly would strike first for Canada at 2:16 of the first, giving them the 1-0 lead. Late in the first, at 14:25, Sergei Kostitsyn would tie the game up 1-1. 9:10 into the second, Corey Perry would make it 2-1 Canada, and later on, at 12:46, Ryan Getzlaf makes it 3-1. Less than a minute later, Andrei Kostitsyn would receive a boarding major and game misconduct, giving Canada the 5-minute advantage, on which they scored at 14:11, the goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but it results in a scrum behind the Belarus goal, and the result was John Tavares getting a roughing double minor, and Andrei Stas receiving a single roughing minor, plus a 10-minute misconduct. 8:16 into the third, O’Reilly would make it 5-1 Canada. More trouble, this time involving Canada. With 3:46 to go, Luke Schenn receives a boarding major and game misconduct, and with 7 seconds to go, Marc Methot commits the same infraction. Canada wins 5-1, and outshot Belarus 28-18, but suspensions could be looming for any or all of the players involved that were ejected.

Game 52: Norway vs. Denmark (Stockholm)

Lars Erik Spets would put Norway up 1-0 at 6:12 of the second, and at 7:19, Morten Ask makes it 2-0. At 15:35, Per-Age Skroder makes it 3-0. With 2:34 to go in the period, a number of penalties were assessed, after a scrum broke out. Three Norway players got roughing minors, while two Denmark players got penalized. Frans Nielsen got a double minor for roughing, while Jannik Hansen received a roughing MAJOR and a game misconduct. Jonas Holos would make it 4-0 Norway at 17:53, and with 21 seconds to go in the period, Patrick Thoresen makes it 5-0. 3:03 into the third, Denmark’s Morten Madsen would make it 5-1, and at 7:50, Morten Poulsen makes it 5-2. At 15:39, Norway gets one back when Mats Trygg makes it 6-2. With 1:06 to go, both Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of Norway and Lars Eller of Denmark receive 10-minute misconducts, but that’s all. Norway wins 6-2 but was slightly outshot by Denmark 28-27.

Game 53: Slovakia vs. France (Helsinki)

France needs a regulation win to play in the quarterfinals. Otherwise, Slovakia is in.

At 2:36 of the first, Milan Bartovic makes it 1-0 Slovakia. 6:50 in, Tomas Kopecky makes it 2-0. 21 seconds later, Yorick Treille makes it 2-1. With exactly 5 minutes to go in the period, Teddy de Costa ties the game up 2-2 for France. With under 5 minutes to go in the second, Michal Handzus gives Slovakia the 3-2 lead, but with 39 seconds left in the period, Damien Fleury ties it up for France. 39 seconds into the third, Slovakia’s Branko Radivojevic puts his countrymen back up on top 4-3. At 5:17, Antoine Roussel ties it for France. France knows the implications, as they can’t afford another overtime situation, and if they want to get the lead at a late stage of the game, they’d have to pull the goalie. Just past halfway through the third, Radivojevic puts Slovakia back on top making it 5-4. With under 90 seconds to go, France goes all-in and pulls their goalie Cristobal Huet. Unfortunately, a 2-and-10 slash/misconduct does not help matters, and France falls 5-4, knocking them out of the quarterfinals. Slovakia slightly outshot them 29-28.

Game 54: Czech Republic vs. Germany (Stockholm)

Just under 2 minutes into the game, Ales Hemsky puts the Czechs up 1-0. At 7:36, Germany’s Thomas Greilinger ties the game up 1-1 on the powerplay. Czechs would run away after that. At 10:34, Lukas Krajicek makes it 2-1. At 16:05, Martin Erat makes it 3-1 on the powerplay. 5:01 into the second, Petr Koukal makes it 4-1. At 9:55, while shorthanded, David Krejci makes it 5-1. At 14:22, Jiri Novotny makes it 6-1. 4:34 into the third, on the man advantage, Koukal makes it 7-1. At 6:42, also on a powerplay, Miroslav Blatak makes it 8-1. With half a period left, starter Jakub Stepanek is replaced by Ottawa 67’s standout goalie and Detroit Red Wings prospect Petr Mrazek. At the same time, Krejci misses on a penalty shot attempt. That’s the final score. 8-1 Czechs, and they outshot the Germans 39-18. Czechs had more shots (19) in the second period than the Germans had the entire game.

Game 55: United States vs. Switzerland (Helsinki)

21 seconds into the second, Ivo Ruthemann makes it 1-0 Swiss, but it would be all America from that point. At 2:39, Bobby Ryan ties it up. At 16:52, Cam Fowler makes it 2-1. Paul Stastny scores on the powerplay at 5:22 of the third, while Alex Goligoski makes it 4-1. Swiss would get one back at 14:43 when Morris Trachsler makes it 4-2. But 16 seconds later, Jeff Petry restores the 3-goal lead for the U.S. That’s the final score, Americans win 5-2. Swiss did outshot them 27-24.

Game 56: Sweden vs. Latvia (Stockholm)

Loui Eriksson makes it 1-0 Swedes 4:39 into the game. Exactly 10 minutes and 1 second later, Jakob Silfverberg makes it 2-0. Henrik Zetterberg makes it 3-0 at 13:45 of the second. In the third, 8 seconds after completing a roughing minor shared with Erik Karlsson, Koba Jass receives a roughing MAJOR and a game misconduct. Johan Franzen scores on the powerplay at 12:18. That rounded out the scoring, Sweden wins 4-0, and outshot Latvia 44-22.

Wednesday is a day off for everyone still alive, so the quarterfinals will take place on Thursday. In Helsinki, the quarters will feature Canada vs. Slovakia and United States vs. Finland. In Stockholm, it will feature Russia vs. Norway and Sweden vs. Czech Republic.