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2012 NHL Draft Liveblog presented by TCL

As the 2012 NHL Entry Draft takes place in Pittsburgh, follow along in The Checking Line's liveblog! 

There will be plenty of discussion between readers and writers about trades, picks, and prospects. Chat away as the time ticks down before your favorite team's selection.

The live blog will open at 6:30 p.m. and run until the draft ends, or until the commentary stops! 

 

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2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 15 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 15 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki.

Bronze Medal Game: Finland vs. Czech Republic

Petr Prucha would put the Czechs on the board first at 12:17 of the first. Mika Pyorala would respond for Finland at 16:53, but 29 seconds later, Jiri Novotny would put the Czechs back up 2-1. With 53 seconds to go in the period, David Krejci would make it 3-1. No scoring occurred in the second. Jussi Jokinen would score on the powerplay at 9:01 of the third to cut the Czech lead to 3-2. However, Finland could not get any further goals to force the game beyond regulation as the Czechs refuse to bounce and hang on for the 3-2 win...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 14 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 14 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki.

Semifinal Game #1: Russia vs. Finland

7:28 into the game, Finland’s Janne Niskala puts his countrymen up 1-0. At 15:33, Evgeni Malkin ties the game up for Russia. With 54 seconds to go in the period, he scores again as Russia takes a 2-1 lead. Almost halfway through the second period, Alex Ovechkin makes it 3-1, and at 17:46, Malkin gets a hat trick to put the Russians up 4-1. Denis Kokarev would make it 5-1 65 seconds into the third, while Sergei Shirokov would make this a 6-1 rout at 8:41. Mikael Granlund, who was a hero in last year’s semifinal vs. Russia by ...

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 ...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 12 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 12 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 51: Canada vs. Belarus (Helsinki)

Ryan O’Reilly would strike first for Canada at 2:16 of the first, giving them the 1-0 lead. Late in the first, at 14:25, Sergei Kostitsyn would tie the game up 1-1. 9:10 into the second, Corey Perry would make it 2-1 Canada, and later on, at 12:46, Ryan Getzlaf makes it 3-1. Less than a minute later, Andrei Kostitsyn would receive a boarding major and game misconduct, giving Canada the 5-minute advantage, on which they scored at 14:11, the goal by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but it results in a scrum behind the Belarus goa...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 11 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 11 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 47: Belarus vs. France (Helsinki)

Alexei Kalyuzhny would put Belarus up 1-0 at 8:15 of the opening period. Kevin Hecquefeuille would tie the game up for France at 17:17 of the second, but for some reason, starter Vitali Koval left the game and was replaced by Dmitri Milchakov, and instantly became the goaltender of record on the Belarus side. With under 2 minutes to go in regulation, Yohann Auvitu would score for France with 1:17 remaining. Belarus promptly pulled their goalie in the hopes of tying it up, but were unable to capitalize on the 6-on-5. Franc...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 10 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 10 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 43: Finland vs. United States (Helsinki)

Max Pacioretty would get the ball rolling, putting the U.S. up 1-0 at 16:19 of the first. Kyle Palmieri would make it 2-0 at 15:33 of the second. Justin Faulk would make it 3-0 on the powerplay at 17:56. Chris Butler would make it 4-0 at 2:12 of the third, and Bobby Ryan would make it 5-0 at 4:08. Finland’s Anssi Salmela would receive a boarding major and game misconduct (game misconducts count as 20 penalty minutes in IIHF competition), but the Americans would fail to score on the major powerplay. Americans ...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 9 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 9 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 37: Slovakia vs. Belarus (Helsinki)

Andrej Sekera puts Slovakia on the board first at 6:45 of the first. Branko Radivojevic would make it 2-0 at 3:16 of the second. It doesn’t stop there. Almost two minutes later, Michel Miklik makes it 3-0. 50 seconds after that, Tomas Kopecky makes it 4-0. A minute after that, Juraj Mikus makes it 5-0! Alexei Kalyuzhny would spoil Jan Laco’s shutout bid by getting Belarus on the board. That’s all the scoring that would occur in the entire game. Slovakia wins 5-1. Final shots 40-31 Slovkia.

Game 38...

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 ...