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Want some hockey on a Sunday afternoon?
The game starts just after 2:00pm and can ve viewed on NBCSN and TSN.
Here is a preview from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
The statistics tell an eloquent story. The Soviet Union, known as the “Big Red Machine,” won 37 straight games versus Finland from 1954 to 1991 at the IIHF World Championship. It was no contest.
Finland didn’t face newly independent Russia at the Worlds until 1997. But in the last 17 years, the record between the Finnish Lions and the Russian Bear is seven wins, one tie, and seven losses. Dead even.
Still, funnily enough, Russia is almost always favoured to beat Finland. For the Finns, it’s like being the comedian Rodney Dangerfield with his “I don’t get no respect” routine.
"That was my last game for the Czech Republic. I'll be back to play in the NHL next year, but I won't play for my country again."
-Jaromir Jagr after losing to Sweden in the bronze medal game at the World Championship.
from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
Finland put up a defensive wall and scored in all three periods. The Czechs simply had no answer.
Now, the Russians -- the only unbeaten team at this World Championship -- should be out for revenge after the ever-tenacious Finns stunningly eliminated them with a 3-1 Olympic quarter-final victory in Sochi in February.
The final also promises to be a great goaltending duel between Rinne, a two-time nominee for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best netminder, and Russian starter Sergei Bobrovski, who won the Vezina last season.
It will be the first time Russia and Finland have ever met in a World Championship gold medal game since the IIHF introduced the playoff system in 1992.
The gold medal game will be broadcast on Sunday at 2:00pm ET on NBCSN and TSN.
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
Major proposals that were accepted for the IIHF Rule Book 2014-2018 include:
- Moving the blue lines to 22.86 metres (old: 21.33) from the end of the rink to increase each offensive zone by one and half a metres and standardize the length of the offensive zone at all IIHF Championships.
- The dimension of the rink is adjusted to 26-30 on 60 metres (old: 29-30 on 60-61 metres) with other dimensions in IIHF competition needing IIHF approval.
- Hybrid icing will be introduced beginning in the upcoming season in all IIHF Championships and qualifications.
- Spin-o-rama or lacrosse type of moves in penalty shots where the player completes a 360° turn as he approaches the goal will be prohibited.
- The membership has agreed that goalkeeper equipment should be reduced and that the “cheater piece” on the goalkeepers’ catch glove is the first piece to be removed as a recommendation. This will be tabled for discussions with manufacturers. As such, it will not yet be included as a rule in the IIHF Rule Book 2014-2018. The purpose is to give the IIHF and manufacturers the opportunity to discuss this initiative along with other measures to reduce the size of goalkeeper equipment.
It is not only NHL players who at times do not feel like being interviewed.
Petri Kontioly of Finland after defeating Canada today...
Canada just lost to Finland 3-2 in the IIHF World Championship quarter finals and the USA did the same, going down to the Czech Republic 4-3 earlier today.
Plus the New York Islanders made their decision...
The New York Islanders announced today that they will retain their first round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft and transfer their first round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Buffalo Sabres. The selection was packaged in the team’s deal for Thomas Vanek on October 27, 2013.
added 4:24pm, View a gif of the injury below...
added 4:33pm, below, video added...
A look at the Fan Village...
The U.S. Men's National Team, captained by Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, fell to the Latvian team 6-5 today in the preliminary round of the IIHF Federation Men's World Championship earlier today. In case you missed the game on NBCSN Nashville Predators Craig Smith was named Team USA's best player of the game.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Canadian fans are hard to come by at the world hockey championship, and some of those wearing paper hats with the red-and-white Maple Leaf are Belarusians who have picked a team to cheer for at the tournament.
Then there’s Chris Sebastian and Kevin Snowden, lifelong friends of Canadian captain Kevin Bieksa from Grimsby, Ont. After deciding last week to come to Minsk, they ran into some trouble along the way.
Sebastian and Snowden left Toronto in the second period of Team Canada’s opening game Friday against France and didn’t arrive until there was a minute left in Saturday’s game against Slovakia. It was a 32-hour journey with stops in five countries because they didn’t have the requisite visa to travel through Moscow.
Snowden pointed at Sebastian and said that he thought for 30 hours his friend was going to kill him because “we were flying all over Europe trying to get here and finally it came to the point where we had to make a decision: Are we going to go to Minsk tonight or not?” he said. “In order to do that we had to fly from Warsaw to Frankfurt, back to Minsk, spend an extra thousand (dollars) Canadian. It cost us a lot, but to get here and actually be here it’s just amazing.”
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