2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 8 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 8 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 33: Kazakhstan vs. United States (Helsinki)

J.T. Brown gets the party started for the United States at 14:12 of the second period, putting them up 1-0. Kazakhstan’s Konstantin Pushkaryov would respond with 1:43 to go in the period, tying the game up 1-1. 4:58 into the third, Justin Faulk would put the Americans up 2-1. With close to 4 minutes to go in regulation, Talgat Zhailauov would tie things up at deuces. Overtime was needed. With 22 seconds to go in the extra period, Faulk would strike again, scoring the game winner, and beating Kazakhstan 3-2 in overtime. The Americans wildly outshot the opposition 50-19, and the Kazakhs failed to register a shot in the extra period.

Game 34: Italy vs. Czech Republic (Stockholm)

You won’t find a bounced Czech in this game. They cashed in from start to finish. Petr Nedved gets things started 5:56 into the contest. At 12:45, Jiri Novotny makes it 2-0. While killing a penalty in the second, Petr Caslava makes it 3-0 shorthanded at 7:15. At 11:45, a powerplay goal by Ales Hemsky makes it 4-0. 40 seconds later, Caslava makes it 5-0. With 5:31 to go in regulation, Marty Erat seals the deal, making it a touchdown without an extra point. Final shots in the 6-0 rout by the Czechs were 41-20 in favor of the Czechs.

Game 35: Finland vs. Canada (Helsinki)

At 5:53 of the first, Antti Pihlstrom makes it 1-0 Finland. At 10:31, Mikko Koivu makes it 2-0. Alex Burrows would put Canada on the board 5:34 into the second, but 2 minutes later, Finland’s Jussi Jokinen restores the 2-goal lead. John Tavares would cut the lead to 3-2 at 14:31, and Jeff Skinner’s beauty of a goal ties it at 18:18. 6:04 into the third, Evander Kane would give Canada their first lead of the game, on a setup by Corey Perry. Jordan Eberle would put in an empty netter with 24 seconds to go, and hands Finland their first loss of the tournament. Canada wins 5-3 despite being outshot 38-26.

Game 36: Russia vs. Sweden (Stockholm)

On the powerplay, Erik Karlsson puts Sweden on the board first at 5:57. Russia would respond 4½ minutes later with Alex Popov’s equalizer. Henrik Zetterberg would break the tie at 14:33 giving Sweden the 2-1 lead. 9:36 into the second, Johan Franzen would make it 3-1 Sweden. Evgeni Malkin would make it 3-2 at 16:00. Alexei Emelin would tie the game with 1:33 to go in the period. And 15 seconds into the third, Alexander Perezhogin would put Russia ahead 4-3. At 2:40, Malkin puts it to 5-3, but at 5:46, Dmitri Kalinin would receive a match penalty for cross-checking Franzen. That put Sweden on a 5-minute powerplay (in international rules, a match penalty counts as 25 penalty minutes). Sweden would fail to score in that span. 11:08 into the third, Russia goes up 6-3 on Malkin’s hat trick. With 54 seconds to go, Denis Denisov would make the score 7-3, and that’s how it would end. Despite Russia’s win, they were outshot by Sweden 46-36.

Day 9 action features six games. In Helsinki, the games there feature Slovakia and Belarus, Switzerland and France, and Kazakhstan and Canada. In Stockholm, the three games are Norway and Latvia, Germany and Denmark, and Italy and Sweden.