Day 3 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Day 3 is done and this is what happened.

Russia vs. Slovenia

After getting blanked in the first game by Germany, Russia hoped to avoid a second straight loss in this year’s tournament. They managed to score first, 4:22 into the game, the goal scored by Vitali Atyushov, assisted by Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Radulov. About 4 minutes later, Alexei Yemelin received a 5-minute boarding major and a game misconduct, sending him to the showers early. Slovenia would respond almost halfway into the second period, goal by Andrej Hebar, assisted by Blaz Gregorc. Russia would restore the lead over 6 minutes later, when Maxim Afinogenov scored, assisted by Konstantin Korneyev. Slovenia would equalize almost 3:00 into the third, when Bostjan Golicic from Mitja Sivic and Matej Hocevar made it 2-2. Russia would get a pair of quick goals not long after. The two goals, scored by Dmitri Kulikov (Alexei Kaigorodov) and Evegeni Artyukhin (Afinogenov and Kaigorodov), came in a 38-second span. 28 seconds later, Slovenia scores to make it 4-3, the goal by Golicic, assisted by David Rodman. They would tie it up a few minutes later, the goal credited to Rok Pajic (from Andrej Tavzelj). It looked like Russia would be forced into overtime until with under 4 minutes to go, Radulov made it 5-4 Russia (assists to Kovalchuk and Konstantin Gorovikov), and Sergei Zinovev (Denis Zaripov) sealed the deal, winning over Slovenia 6-4.

Canada vs. France

With Stanley Cup-winning goalie Cristobal Huet playing for France, they were hoping to keep this one very close. But Canada went on an offensive tear, chasing Huet after one period and inserting backup Fabrice Lhenry. Marc-Andre Gragnani, fresh from a call-up stint with the Buffalo Sabres, opens the scoring, with assists to Jason Spezza (Ottawa) and Dion Phaneuf (Toronto). Spezza and Phaneuf would combine for Canada’s next goal, and later, Jeff Skinner would pot another, with help from John Tavares. France would get on the board in the second period when Pierre Edouard Bellemare made it 3-1, but it was all Canada after that. Chris Stewart (from Skinner and Tavares) followed by an unassisted goal by Alex Pietrangelo brought the score to 5-1 after 2 periods. Brent Burns (from James Neal and Rick Nash) makes it 6-1, then Nash scores to make it 7-1. Skinner would score on a penalty shot to rub it in, making it 8-1, and Travis Zajac rounds out the scoring, with help from Cal Clutterbuck and Pietrangelo, the final score 9-1 in Canada’s favor.

Slovakia vs. Germany

A Patrick Reimer penalty shot in the first period fails to result in a goal. But, Marcel Muller opens the scoring early into the second period (Christoph Ullmann and Thomas Greilinger), followed by John Tripp (Felix Schutz and Frank Mauer), and Frank Hordler (Ullmann and Muller). It’s 3-0 Germany after two periods. Schutz would score early in the third to make it 4-0 (Tripp and Kevin Lavallee). Ladislav Nagy would get Slovakia on the board (from Lubos Bartecko), then Jozef Stumpel (from Nagy and Miroslav Satan) would make it 4-2. Pavol Demitra would then make it 4-3, helped by Marian Hossa. Jaroslav Halak would vacate the net with 1:33 to go, but nothing would come out of it. Germany hangs on for the 4-3 win, overcoming a Slovakian Scare.

Switzerland vs. Belarus

Ryan Gardner (from Raphael Diaz and Simon Moser) opens it up for the Swiss, then in the second period, Dmitri Korobov (Viktor Kostyuchyonok and Andrei Stepanov) ties it. Goran Beznia (Ivo Ruthemann and Gardner) makes it 2-1 Swiss. Gardner gets another to make it 3-1 (from Beat Gerber and Ruthemann), and 4-1 when Ruthemann (from Andres Ambuhl and Felicien de Bois). No scoring in the third, and the Swiss win 4-1.

On Day 4 Monday, we’ll look at the Czech Republic vs. Denmark, United States vs. Norway, Latvia vs. Finland, and Sweden vs. Austria.