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from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
It was highly reminiscent of the 2014 Olympic quarter-final between these two nations in Sochi, where the Finns also conceded an opening goal, but bounced back to oust their highly touted neighbors 3-1.
The host Russians gave a full effort at the Ice Palace, but Finland's team play was superior once again. Finland, which has a perfect record with nine straight regulation victories, will face the winner of the Canada-U.S. semi-final on Sunday night.
Jussi Jokinen had the other Finnish goal, and Sergei Shirokov tallied for Russia.
Finnish starting goalie Mikko Koskinen outdueled Russia's Sergei Bobrovksi. Shots on goal favored Russia 29-16.
Saturday's early semi-final also had overtones of the 2007 semis when Finland shocked Russia 2-1 on Mikko Koivu's overtime goal, dealing the host nation its first defeat on Moscow ice in World Championship history.
Finland has won two previous World Championships (1995, 2011). The Finns are now guaranteed their first medal since taking silver in 2014, where they lost the final to Russia.
The gold medal game will be tomorrow at 1:45pm ET. Finland will play the winner of USA/Canada.
added 2:33pm, game highlights are below...
In the USA, you can catch both games of the World Championship Semi-finals on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Stream here or watch/download the app for your phone.
Live Extra Finland vs. Russia Hockey 9am EDT
Live Extra USA vs. Canada Hockey 1pm EDT
You may be able to watch the USA/Canada game on your TV carrier if you have have one of the Comcast Regional Sports Networks.
See the USA Hockey tweet below...
from Michael Traikos at the Toronto Sun,
The last time we checked, Auston Matthews was still 18 years old.
Judging by the Justin Bieber-inspired wardrobe he was wearing while lounging around his team’s hotel on Friday — tight-fitting pants with intentional rips in the thighs, a loose-fitting T-shirt and shockingly white sneakers — he looks it.
On the ice, however, it seems the American centre's age is ever-changing.
With each passing game here at the world hockey championship, Matthews has seemingly aged a year. He might have looked like a in-over-his-head teenager in a 5-1 loss to Canada in his tournament debut, but after scoring the only goals for the U.S. in a 2-1 overtime shootout win against the Czech Republic on Thursday, teammates were calling him a leader.
“I think it took him a little time to get comfortable in his own skin,” U.S. captain Matt Hendricks said Friday. “He’s playing around some NHL players and maybe he didn’t know that he needed to be The Man. Now he’s realizing that, Hey, I can take this game over. He definitely had an outstanding performance last night and I expect him to continue on and continue to get better and continue to get more confident.”
MOSCOW — Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored twice, including the shootout winner, and Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 31 saves, including all three Czech Republic shootout attempts, to lead the U.S. to a 2-1 victory here today in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF Men's World Championship. With the win, Team USA advances to Saturday's (May 21) semifinals against the winner of tonight's Canada-Sweden quarterfinal.
For a complete game recap, post-game comments and video highlights, click here.
A day full of hockey...
9:00 AM ET 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships Czech Republic vs. United States LIVE
1:00 PM ET 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships Canada vs. Sweden LIVE
NBC Live Extra Streaming Schedule
IIHF world championships: Finland vs. Denmark 9:15 AM ET
IIHF World Championships: Russia vs. Germany 1:15 PM ET
via the NBC Sports website.
Canada's winning streak at the world hockey championship has ended at 16 games after a 4-0 loss to Finland in the preliminary-round finale for both teams....
With the loss, Canada (6-0-0-1) finished second in the Group B standings with 18 points while the Finns (7-0-0-0) had the maximum 21 points. Canada will now face Sweden on Thursday in St. Petersburg in quarter-final play while Finland plays Denmark....
Earlier on Tuesday, the Czech Republic clinched first place in Group A with a 5-4 win over Switzerland to secure a quarter-final matchup with the U.S. on Thursday in Moscow. Host Russia's 4-1 win over Sweden secured second place in Group A and a Thursday game against Germany.
more, including Canada's loss to Finland...
I will post NBCSN broadcast plans when released.
added 4:29pm, IIHF released the times for the games on Thursday:
CZE-USA & FIN-DEN puck drops at 9:15am ET
RUS-GER & CAN-SWE at 1:15pm ET
Nothing new here.
You'll recognize some of the names.
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2016 – NBC Sports Group will present extensive coverage of the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championship from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia – NBC Sports Group’s sixth consecutive year covering international hockey’s premier annual tournament.
Live coverage begins tomorrow on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET, when Team USA faces defending champion Canada to open up pool play in the tournament. NBCSN’s Team USA coverage will be highlighted by a matchup with Finland on Monday, May 9, at 1 p.m. ET, and a showdown with Slovakia on Monday, May 16, at 5 a.m. ET, to close out pool play. Last year, Team USA earned the bronze medal at the IIHF World Championships, defeating the host country Czech Republic in the bronze medal game.
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