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Day 15 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Apologies for doing this article later than I wanted. The final day of the World Championships featured the Czech Republic and Russia playing for Bronze, and Sweden and Finland playing for Gold. Here’s the breakdown of each: Bronze Medal Game: Czech Republic vs. Russia 3:33 into the game, Roman Cervenka gets the Czechs on the board first. Almost 6 minutes later, Ilya Kovalchuk ties the game up for Russia. 15 seconds later, they score again to take a 2-1 lead on a goal by Dmitri Kulikov. 42 seconds after that, the Czechs tie the game on a goal by Petr Prucha. With almost a minute to go in the period, Kovalchuk gives Russia the 3-2 lead. 2:11 into the second, Prucha gets his second...

Day 14 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Semifinal Friday on Friday the 13th at the World Championships. Here’s the recap. Czech Republic vs. Sweden Just 46 seconds into the second period, Patrik Elias scores to get the Czech Republic on the board first. Almost 4 minutes later, Patrik Berglund would tie the game for Sweden on the powerplay. With under 5 minutes to go in the period, Mikael Backlund would make it 2-1 Sweden. Loui Eriksson would miss on a penalty shot late. Just over 8 minutes into the third, Jimmie Ericsson would make it 3-1 Sweden, And over 4 minutes later, Marcus Kruger would make it 4-1. Under 2 minutes later, Elias would make it 4-2. Berglund would add an empty netter late to give Sweden a 5-2 win and adv...

Day 13 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

The other quarterfinal games have been played in Bratislava. Here’s how they went: Finland vs. Norway After a scoreless first period, Ken Andre Limb is awarded a penalty shot to get Norway on the board early in the second. He scores and they’re up 1-0. But a short time later, Jarkko Immonen gets Finland into a tie on the powerplay. Tuomo Ruutu would score the next Finnish powerplay goal to give them the 2-1 lead. Immonen would make it 3-1, again on the powerplay, the goal scored by Jani Lajunen. No scoring in the third, making the Finns semifinalists with the 4-1 win. Their next opponent is listed below. Canada vs. Russia After a scoreless first period where each team took a ...

Day 12 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

After a day off, it was back to work for the first of the quarterfinal games. Czech Republic vs. United States The quarterfinals opened with the Czech Republic taking on the United States, and it would become the Jaromir Jagr Show. He would get the Czechs on the board late in the first, making it 1-0, and would add another less than 5:00 into the second. Tomas Plekanec would make it 3-0 halfway through the third, and about 6 minutes later, Jagr would get the hat trick, and giving the Czechs a 4-0 win over Team USA. Czechs to the semifinals. Their opponent to be revealed below. Sweden vs. Germany Sweden scores very early – only 27 seconds in – on a goal by Martin Thornberg. Ab...

Does the WHC Even Matter?

It’s been referred to as the garbage bowl, the runners-up cup, and many more uncanny names, but the World Championship of Hockey (WHC) is starting to show more significance in the sport of hockey. Sorry to all for not posting sooner, but, when you’re not a full-time TSN analyst/writer; some things have to take precedent over writing for the readers. The WHC, although amusing to watch (in my mind anyway), is usually completely disregarded due to the much more attention grabbing playoff action of the NHL. No excuses needed. But the tournament itself is beginning to evolve and really play a significant role on the world stage. What I am referring to and I hope some of you have noticed...

Public Relations Idiocy Hits Twitter...Again

As if the NHL playoffs didn’t provide enough excitement for the hockey world, another Twitter faux pas has caused the hockey world to erupt. Many that spend time on the social networking site and follow hockey writers/bloggers/players will easily recall the Dan Ellis meltdown of last year. Ellis’ complaints about his financial situation were a ticking time bomb that eventually led to the goalie leaving the ‘twittersphere’. Uptown Sports Management (referred to as ‘Uptown Hockey’ on Twitter) is the culprit this time around, and their mistake goes beyond the ridiculous. After Sean Avery supported the right for homosexuals to marry, the agency tweeted what follows: “Ve...

Day 11 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

6 games make up the final day of qualification. Here they are: Slovakia vs. Denmark With no chance of advancing for either team, it was a matter of playing for pride. Denmark would 4:09 into the game on a goal by Mads Christensen. Jozef Stumpel would tie the game halfway through the period. Later on, Miroslav Satan would make it 2-1 Slovakia. No scoring in the second, so off to the third. Just 32 seconds in, Marian Hossa would make it 3-1, and 10:05 into the period, Richard Zednik would round out the scoring, making it 4-1. Slovakia wins by that score. That game was also the last internationally for Pavol Demitra. France vs. Norway Norway gets on the board 3:26 in when Per-Age Sk...

Day 10 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

Two qualification round games and two relegation games make up this the 10th day of World Hockey Championship play. Qualification Round: Czech Republic vs. Russia Jakub Voracek would open up the scoring for the Czechs with 5:59 to go in the first, to give them a 1-0 lead. Nearly 2 minutes later, Jaromir Jagr would make it 2-0. Russia would cut that lead in half 11:50 into the second when Alexei Tereshenko would score. Tomas Plekanec would make it 3-1 Czechs 3:27 into the third as he scores on a penalty shot. Danis Zaripov would cut the lead to 3-2 with just under 5:00 to go in regulation. With 45 seconds to go, the Russians pull Konstantin Barulin for the extra attacker, but would be u...

Day 9 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

6 games to report today, 2 of them are relegation matches. Relegation: Austria vs. Slovenia With 57 seconds to go in the first period, Gerhard Unterluggauer gives the Austrians the 1-0 lead. 4:15 into the second, Thomas Raffl makes it 2-0. With 3:30 to go in the period, Tomaz Razingar cuts the lead to 2-1, and David Rodman ties it up with 19 seconds to go. Austria would can the Slovenian comeback when Rafael Rotter scores the winning goal. Robert Kristian’s vacating the net in the hopes of Slovenia tying it up did not change the outcome. Austria wins 3-2. Relegation: Belarus vs. Latvia In the first period, while on the powerplay, Martins Cipulis scores to give Latvia a 1-0 lead...

Day 8 Recap of IIHF World Hockey Championships

All qualification games today. This is what it looked like: Germany vs. Finland Germany, heading into the qualification round of the tournament, was undefeated. Finland opens the scoring on a goal by Tuomo Ruutu just 13 seconds into the game. Over 14 minutes later, Andre Rankel ties the game for the Germans. In the second period, Felix Schutz gives the German squad the 2-1 lead, and Kai Hospelt makes it 3-1. Janne Pesonen cuts the German lead to 3-2, and Jarkko Immonen ties the game 3-3. Patrick Reimer gives the Germans a 4-3 lead, and a goaltending change is brought about by Finland, replacing Temmu Lassila with Petri Vehanen. Tuomo Ruutu would tie the game 4-4 with just under 6 minut...