2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 4 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 4 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 17: France vs. Canada (Helsinki)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins gets Canada on the board first at 1:59 of the first. Patrick Sharp scores 8 minutes later to make it 2-0. 4 minutes after that, Jamie Benn makes it 3-0, and then 4-0 at 17:21. Brian Henderson gets France on the board with 38 seconds to go in the period to cut the Canada lead to 4-1. A Jordan Eberle powerplay at 13:19 of the second makes it 5-1. Alexandre Rouleau responds 30 seconds later to make it 5-2. Nugent-Hopkins makes it 6-2 9:56 into the third, and Corey Perry rounds out the scoring at 12:19. Final score 7-2 Canada over France. Shots were 37-21 Canada.

Game 18: Czech Republic vs. Norway (Stockholm)

Mathis Olimb puts the Norwegians on the board first at 11:16. Ales Hemsky answers back at 16:41. Lars Erik Spets puts Norway up 2-1 99 seconds into the second. David Krejci answers with just under 3 minutes to go in the period. Michael Frolik puts the Czechs up 3-2 7:56 into the third, but Jonas Holos answers back at 10:51. Overtime solved nothing, and the shootout resulted in one goal scored. Ales Hemsky was the first and only player to score in the skills department. Czechs beat Norway 4-3. Final shots, counting the shootout goal: 31 each.

Game 19: United States vs. Slovakia (Helsinki)

Just 47 seconds into the game, Dominik Granak puts Slovakia up on the board first. At 15:04, they would go up 2-0 on Branko Radivojevic’s goal. 37 seconds later, Justin Faulk puts the Americans on the board. Andrej Sekera makes it 3-1 Slovakia with 6 seconds to go in the period. Paul Statsny would score on a 5-on-3 at 18:47 of the second. With time running out in the game, Jimmy Howard is pulled to the bench for an extra attackers, but Miroslav Satan would score the empty netter. Slovakia wins 4-2 and outshot the Americans 32-20.

Game 20: Denmark vs. Sweden (Stockholm)

2:06 into the game, Viktor Stalberg puts Sweden up 1-0. Exactly 4 minutes later, Loui Eriksson makes it 2-0. 5 minutes after that, he scores again and it’s 3-0. Stalberg makes it 4-0 at 11:43. Nichlas Hardt would put Denmark on the board at 18:27. Daniel Alfredsson puts the score up to 5-1 just 43 seconds into the second. At 9:16, Jonas Brodin would make it 6-1. At 18:47, Hardt makes it 6-2. 21 seconds into the third, Lars Eller makes it 6-3. Sweden getting scared. At 11:27, Morten Green makes it 6-4. Sweden would hang on and beat Denmark 6-4. Final shots 42-18 Sweden.

Day 5 of the tournament will feature in the Helsinki games Belarus vs. Kazakhstan and Finland vs. Switzerland, while in Stockholm there will be Latvia vs. Italy and Russia vs. Germany.