2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 7 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 7 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 29: United States vs. Belarus (Helsinki)

Justin Abdelkader would give the Americans an early 1-0 lead 99 seconds into the game. Cam Atkinson, who played for Boston College, would make it 2-0 at 6:31. A short time later, Belarus makes a goalie change, replacing Andrei Mezin with Vitali Koval. It seems to spark them, as Alexei Kalyuzhny cuts the lead to 2-1 at 16:15. Late in the period, Jack Johnson receives a 2-minute check to the head minor and automatic 10-minute misconduct, keeping him out of action until past midway through the game. A Kyle Palmeri penalty early in the second results in the Belarus squad scoring on the powerplay to tie it up. Goal was scored by Alexei Ugarov at 2:50. Nate Thompson would give the U.S. a 3-2 lead at 18:21. Early in the third, Alexander Kitarov receives a checking-from-behind minor and misconduct. Bobby Ryan would make it 4-2 at 12:10. Paul Stastny, whose father and two uncles played for Canada and/or Czechoslovakia over the years internationally, would make it 5-2 at 15:34. With two Americans in the box and the goalie pulled on the Belarus end, Evgeni Kovyrshin would make it 5-3 with 10 seconds left. That would be the final score. Shots were 36-26 in favor of the Americans. Belarus had only 4 shots in the first.

Game 30: Denmark vs. Russia (Stockholm)

Very few penalties called in the entire game. Evgeni Medvedev puts Russia on the board first at 2:08 of the first. Lars Eller would give the Danes the equalizer at 4:11. Evgeni Malkin (wearing number 11 internationally) would break the tie at 13:35. Dmitri Kalinin would give Russia a 3-1 lead at 6:32 of the second. No further scoring in this game, but Nik Kulemin was awarded a penalty shot in the third period, but he missed. Russia had 52 shots in the game, 20 each in the first two periods, but were outshot by Denmark 20-12 in the third. Denmark had 8 shots each in the first two periods.

Game 31: France vs. Finland (Helsinki)

Another Finland game means another opening goal in the opening period. Jarkko Immonen gives the Finns a 1-0 lead at 10:12. Mikko Koivu would give them a 2-0 lead at exactly 10:00 of the second. Jussi Jokinen makes it 3-0 at 13:49. Janne Niskala ups the score to 4-0 at 17:12. Less than a minute later, Niko Kapanen makes it 5-zip. A skunking. Anthony Guttig finally gets France on the board, a powerplay goal at 3:34 of the third. Jokinen would restore the 5-goal lead at 4:01, just 27 seconds after that France goal. Jusso Hietanen would make it 7-1 at 10:00 of the third. That’s the final score. Shots were 37-18 Finland. France had just 3 shots in the second, but outshot Finland 9-7 in the third.

Game 32: Czech Republic vs. Latvia (Stockholm)

Latvia strikes first at 3:55 of the second, goal by Armands Berzins. Milan Michalek ties it at 8:58. Petr Nedved breaks the tie at 10:50 of the third, and Tomas Plekanec makes it 3-1 at 13:22, and that holds up as the final score. Shots were 34-26 Czechs. Latvia only had 3 shots in the third.

Day 8 action will be Kazakhstan vs. United States and Finland vs. Canada in Helsinki, and Italy vs. Czech Republic and Russia vs. Sweden in Stockholm.