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2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 5 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 5 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 21: Belarus vs. Kazakhstan (Helsinki)

1:50 into the game, Evgeni Bumagin takes a slashing penalty, which results in a shorthanded goal at 2:32. Goal by Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev makes it 1-0 Kazakhstan. VK would make it 2-0 7:42 into the second. Then, Belarus strikes back. A shorthanded goal by Konstantin Koltsov makes it 2-1 at 8:48. Mikhail Grabovski equalizes at 13:37. Evgeni Kovyrshin would give Belarus the lead 15 seconds later. It would stand up as the winning goal as Belarus completes the comeback and defeats Kazakhstan. Final shots were 32-30 in favor...

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. Fina...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 3 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 3 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 11: France vs. Kazakhstan (Helsinki)

Kevin Hecquefeuille gets France on the board first while on the powerplay, 8:59 into the game. Nicolas Besch makes it 2-0 at 11:27. Sacha Treille makes it 3-0 at 14:53, also on the powerplay. That forces Kazakhstan to change goalies, replacing Alexei Ivanov with Vitali Yeremeyev. It seems to spark the Kazakhs a little, as Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev gets them on the board at 17:13. 7:49 into the second, Julien Desrosiers puts the French up 4-1. At 9:31 of the second, Sacha Treille receives a MATCH PENALTY for a headshot on R...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 2 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 2 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 7: Switzerland vs. Kazakhstan (Helsinki)

The Swiss get the first goal, scored by Ivo Ruthemann at 9:48 of the first. Mark Streit makes it 2-0 on a powerplay goal at 11:04. Kazakhstan’s Roman Savchenko cuts the Swiss lead in half just 96 seconds into the second. Streit adds another to make it 3-1, another powerplay goal, this coming at 4:04. Ruthemann gets his second of the game at 12:08, another one on the man advantage. Felicien de Bois makes it 5-1 with 3:07 to go in the period. Kazakhstan changes goalies for the third, but no further scoring by ei...

2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships Day 1 Recap

Here’s a recap of what happened on Day 1 of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Game 1: United States vs. France (Helsinki)

Nicolas Besch opened up the scoring for France at the 12:17 mark of the first period. Kyle Okposo responded for the Americans at 16:52. Jack Johnston puts the Americans in front for the first time at 3:56 of the second. Bobby Ryan makes it 3-1 at 9:15. Those last two goals came on powerplays. France cuts the American lead to 3-2 with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scoring at 13:17. The Americans would pull away after that. Max Pacioretty makes it 4-2 with 22 seconds to go in the period. 5:38 into the third, Jim Slater makes...

BWP Book Review: "Moneyball" By Michael Lewis

Here at The Checking Line we obviously cover hockey. But most of us are fans of many sports. While you won't see many baseball posts from our writers, we do appreciate the business and science of America's favorite passtime. After reading "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis (later to be adapted into a movie of the same name), that appreciation has certainly grown. 

Here is a review of that book by TCL and BWP contributor Bryan Wright. Make sure to read Bryan's original review over at Better With Popcorn.

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The book is always better than the movie, always. There aren't any exceptions. Well, Delivera...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsPhiladelphia Flyers ( 5 ) vs. New Jersey Devils ( 6 )  You have to wonder what facing the New Jersey Devils means to the Philadelphia Flyers. They've just come from beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in one of the most emotional series in recent memory, set up by even more emotional regular season games to close out the season last month. If they win this one, they can likely look forward to facing the New York Rangers, another big time Atlantic rival whom they faced in this past year's Winter Classic, to much fanfare. Forgetting how impressive it would be for a team to make the Stanley Cup final going ...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsSt. Louis Blues ( 2 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )  Also Read: Ty Fisher's Series preview for the Kings. Once again, we're looking at a series that most definitely has to be about the battle between the pipes, as St. Louis and Los Angeles face off as unlikely second round opponents. Jonathan Quick absolutely lit up the west this season and may have been the only reason the Kings even made the playoffs. On the other side of the ice, the Blues have two (count 'em!) goaltenders that could have and maybe should have been up for the Vezina trophy in Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. We may be soun...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. Washington Capitals ( 7 )  It's not surprising that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals got to the second round, it's how the got here. The Rangers were taken to the bring of elimination against an eighth seeded Ottawa Senators team who, let's face it, probably had no business being in the playoffs in the first place. The Capitals were not favorites in their series against the Boston Bruins, and had their own troubles on their way to a 7th place finish in the regular season, but with the talent they had, and a ridiculous hot rookie goaltender in Braden Holtby they d...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Nashville Predators ( 4 )  If the first round opponents of these two teams would be facing each other instead of the Preds and Coyotes, we'd be talking about two of the biggest rivals in NHL history, and two recent Stanley Cup winners. But we're not talking about them. We're talking about two underdog teams that got to the second round by beating perennial favorites, with great goaltending, great coaching, and a lot of hard work. It's surprising that the Phoenix Coyotes are even still in the league, yet alone in the second round of these playoffs, after taking out the Chi...