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Team USA’s loss to Finland yesterday has produced a hailstorm of criticism for the officials based on a goal scored by Finland that led to their late rally. For anyone who hasn’t seen the controversial non-goal—which was reviewed by the video judge and still declared a goal—it can be seen on the video below.
Both teams agree it was a major error, as can be seen in the post-game reaction on this TSN clip.
Update 10:23am May 13: From The Chronicle Herald,
The video goal judge was dismissed by the International Ice Hockey Federation after the botched call. The IIHF acknowledged the goal “should not have counted” on its website and stated the goal judge will “not be working for the rest of the tournament.”
“It’s a mistake,” Esche said. “The guy made a mistake and you have to live with it.”
U.S. head coach John Tortorella wasn’t as forgiving on Monday.
“Did they sack him? They should,” Tortorella said. “I don’t know how they handled it but as far as dismissing him, yes I support it.
From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,
It’s believed the Wild and Canadiens have held talks with Yashin’s agents.
The 35-year-old Yashin, a former No. 1 pick of the Senators, had 43 points in 56 games this season with Yaroslavl. He returned to his homeland after receiving a $17.6-million US buyout from the Islanders last summer.
“Some teams were asking me about (Yashin) at the under-18 championships in (Kazan, Russia last month),” said agent Todd Diamond. “We had a few teams that were inquiring. He had a great year over there. He was the MVP of the league and he was the leading scorer in the playoffs.”
via Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
“I think all that music is drowning out the crowd response,” he (Ken Hitchcock) said of the special environment which exists at the IIHF World Championship that you don’t experience at a normal NHL game.
“Standing on the bench, it’s confusing,” he said.
“Fans are yelling and singing like they do in Europe and it’s going against all that canned music like we have in North America. I think the music is drowning out the crowd response.”
“The natural stuff from the fan bases and the canned music is combining to make a lot of racket.”
“What makes the world championships unique is the noise of the fan bases. Listening to those people is wonderful.”
From Rhéal Séguin at the Globe & Mail,
Hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak has taken hundreds of flights over his career and witnessed many bizarre incidents on planes, but nothing like last week’s midair altercation that left a drunken Russian passenger dead.
Mr. Tretiak was fast asleep in the first-class section of an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Toronto, on his way to the prestigious international hockey championship in Quebec City, not knowing that one of his diehard fans was determined to talk to him.
“I felt someone shaking me on my shoulder and I woke up. There was this guy standing next to me. He looked like he had been drinking. Before I realized it, somebody else was pulling him away as he screamed, ‘Tretiak, Tretiak.’ And then they just took him away,”
continued… *a strange story, and obviously very upsetting, experience for Tretiak
from Lightning Strikes,
This news release just arrived from the Lightning. No confirmation on the ACL, but the fact that the team is acknowledging surgery is likely would seem to square with the early reports. Here’s the release:
TAMPA BAY - Tampa Bay Lightning center Jeff Halpern has suffered a right knee injury that is expected to require surgery, it was announced by Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.
added 8:10pm, from the CP via TSN,
Tampa Bay centre Jeff Halpern is expected to miss the next six to eight months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, the Lightning announced Wednesday.
from Reuters via the Guardian,
If Canada ends the tournament with a medal, Heatley will join goaltender Sean Burke as the most decorated Canadian at the worlds with four medals.
With his four points (three goals and an assist) from Canada’s 5-1 win over Slovenia on Friday, Heatley needs just four more points to pass Team Canada general manager and former NHL great Steve Yzerman (39 points) as the country’s all-time leading scorer at the tournament
added 7:16pm, via CBC,
Dany Heatley notched a goal and three assists to become his country’s leading scorer in the modern era of the world hockey championship as Canada demolished Latvia 7-0 Sunday in Halifax.
from the CP,
Tretiak says he’s hopeful that the NHL and European hockey federations can come to some sort of agreement on player transfers.
“I think there should be friendship between the NHL and the Russian leagues,” Tretiak said. “That is what I hope.”
Tretiak says his hope is that other Russian-born players are not denied a chance to play in North America as he was.
Sitting in Le Colisee Pepsi, where Tretiak played a handful of games, he says not playing in the NHL was his greatest regret.
from the Calgary Herald,
Finnish defenceman Joni Pitkanen pulled out of the IIHF world hockey championship with a knee injury, but he wasn’t getting a lot of sympathy from head coach Doug Sheddon.
“I wouldn’t put a gun to anyone’s head to play for their country,” said Sheddon, who is convinced the injury wasn’t all that serious.
“The commitment has to be better and I didn’t see a whole lot of commitment from him,” Sheddon said.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Kopitar will face two of his L.A. teammates, Dustin Brown and Patrick O’Sullivan on Team USA Sunday. Today he faces Kings’ assistant coach Mike Johnston.
“He’s a star player,” says Johnston, a veteran of seven world championships. “If you are looking for a player to build a team around, he’s that kind of guy. He’s a key guy to what we’re trying to put together in L.A. He’s already capable of dominating games. He has size, poise and maturity.”
Kopitar’s goal of holding Canada to five goals?
“Don’t believe him. He’s going to go out and try and control and dominate the game,” said Johnston
Canadian captain Shane Doan sees a lot of the young Slovenian playing against him with the Phoenix Coyotes.
“He’s big and strong and he has a great shot. Even though you have guys on him, he’s capable of beating them. He creates space for the guys he plays with.”
from Allan Hougaard at the Hockey News,
The Czech Ice Hockey Association has decided not to sign the IIHF’s player transfer deal with the NHL after the 14 hockey clubs in the Czech Extraliga voted in favor of ending the current deal immediately. This likely means there will be no regulations surrounding the transfer of players between the European teams and the NHL next season.
The existing NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement was originally supposed to last until 2011, but the Euro nations in the agreement demanded it be reopened in December 2007. In order to gain time to negotiate a new, long-term agreement, the IIHF and NHL have been working to arrive at a one-year extension of the existing agreement.
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