2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 13 Recap
Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 13 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.
Quarterfinal Game #1: Canada vs. Slovakia (Helsinki)
5:57 into the game, Tomas Kopecky puts Slovakia up first, taking a 1-0 lead over Canada. At 9:14, Miroslav Satan (he’s not that devilish) makes it 2-0. Exactly 7 minutes later, Evander Kane would cut the Slovakian lead in half. 6:30 into the second, Jeff Skinner ties the game up at deuces on the powerplay. Alex Burrows would put Canada in front with 2:17 to go in the period. 13:25 into the third, Milan Bartovic would tie the game up 3-3 on an Evander Kane blunder. With 2:32 to go, Ryan Getzlaf commits a major kneeing error when he takes out a Slovak player. That costs him 5 and a game. Four seconds later, Michal Handzus scores on the powerplay to reclaim the lead for his countrymen. With time running out and still shorthanded, Cam Ward is sent to the bench for the extra attacker, but fail to put in the equalizer as time runs out. Canada is now out of the tournament, losing 4-3 to Slovakia, and the latter moves into the semifinal game on Saturday. Canada did outshoot Slovakia 36-28.
Quarterfinal Game #2: Russia vs. Norway (Stockholm)
7:26 into the game, Alex Ovechkin puts Russia on the board first. A little over 6 minutes later, Per-Age Skroder ties the game for Norway. At 14:09, Alex Popov breaks the tie to give Russia the 2-1 lead. 28 seconds into the second, Patrick Thoresen ties it up again for Norway. Russia would pull away in the third, as 55 seconds in, Alexei Emelin would break the tie to give them the 3-2 lead. At 10:43, Nikolai Zherdev makes it 4-2. And at 14:52, Ilya Nikulin makes it 5-2. That would be your final score, and Russia would outshoot Norway 45-21.
Quarterfinal Game #3: United States vs. Finland (Helsinki)
There was no scoring in the first period. But at 13:27 of the second, Jesse Joensuu would put Finland on the board first. Kyle Palmieri would answer back 21 seconds later. 1:39 into the third, Bobby Ryan would give the Americans the 2-1 lead. At 13:02, Mikko Koivu would tie the game up. With time running out in regulation, it looked like the game was going to go to sudden death overtime, but with 8.8 seconds to go, Joensuu would make sure there would be no overtime, as he breaks the 2-2 tie and gives Finland a much-deserved lead, sending the mostly pro-Finland crowd into a frenzy. Finland would take the game 3-2 and outshot the U.S. 31-26.
Quarterfinal Game #4: Sweden vs. Czech Republic (Stockholm)
Sweden’s Loui Eriksson would get the game going at 7:10 of the first, putting the home side up 1-0. Petr Nedved, who is playing in his first World Championships, would tie it up at 11:50 for the Czechs. With 3:04 to go in the period, Jiri Novotny would give the Czechs the 2-1 lead. Martin Erat would score on the powerplay 10:27 into the second, giving the Czechs the 3-1 lead. Henrik Zetterberg would cut the Czech lead to 3-2 with 45 seconds to go in the period. And 45 seconds into the third, Jonathan Ericsson would tie the game up 3-3. You’re thinking, like the Finland game earlier, that a hero would emerge late in regulation to prevent an overtime from occurring. And you’re right. Milan Michalek would put the Czechs up 4-3 with 29 seconds to go in regulation. Sweden, desperate to keep the game going, goes all-in in an attempt to equalize, but did not succeed. Czechs take the last of the quarterfinal games by a score of 4-3, but were outshot by Sweden 39-32.
The Semifinals on Saturday will feature Russia vs. Finland in the early game, and the Czech Republic taking on Slovakia. All remaining games will now be played in Helsinki.