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from Damien Cox of the Spin,
Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?
It’s childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they’d just line up and drop the puck again?
Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you’re just asking for trouble. Basically, you’re allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.
a bit more in regards to the WJC…
The Drive For Five is alive and well.
Jordan Eberle scored two goals and the shootout winner to end another classic showdown as Canada edged Russia 6-5 in their semifinal game at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
With the win, Canada advances to Monday’s gold medal final and faces Sweden for the second year in a row.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Glob and Mail,
Because it took place during the NHL playoffs in a remote part of Russia, not a lot of North American fans saw Canada’s 8-0 demolition of the host country in the gold medal game of the world under-18 hockey championships last April.
But the Russians haven’t forgotten the humiliation.
His equipment had not yet been shed after a 5-1 victory over the Czech Republic in a world junior championship semi-final on Friday when centre Evgeni Grachev mentioned the Creaming in Kazan and said that Mother Russia owed Canada some payback.
Meanwhile, five players on Canada’s world junior team, and head coach Pat Quinn, helped author the annihilation, and most admit that it was one of those games where the stars aligned and where everything turned up maple leafs.
continued and you can catch the Canada/Russia game on the NHL Network in the US or TSN in Canada at 7:30pm ET tonight. The other semi-final game begins at 3:30pm today with Sweden taking on Slovakia.
from the CP,
Slovakia pulled off the first big upset of the world junior hockey championship with three first-period goals and 46 saves from Jaroslav Janus to defeat the United States 5-3 in the quarter-finals on Friday at Scotiabank Place.
Adam Bezak, Tomas Tatar and Jozef Molnar scored in the opening period on only eight shots against porous American goaltender Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
No, the late Don Sanderson should not be turned into a martyr for the anti-fighting crowd.
On the basis of what we know, he might well have been the first guy to say that fighting was part of the game, and that he knew what he was getting into that fateful Dec. 12 night while playing for the Whitby Dunlops. He died earlier today, and his family, one imagines, wouldn’t want to see his memory manipulated for the purposes of anyone’s political agenda.
At the same time, however, it would be equally wrong to pretend for the sake of the pro-fighting constituency out there that this was somehow just an accident that was unavoidable and could happen to anyone who laces up a pair of skates.
We cannot simply ignore the terrible truth that a young man has been killed in a hockey fight, that hockey violence has claimed a life.
I hope the NHL doesn’t pick-up on this marketing idea. It sort of spooks me out.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
Out on the ice, it was hockey skills and smiles. Nikita Filitov tore it up yesterday, racking up a hat trick and generating a scoring chance on practically every shift in Russia’s 8-1 steam-rolling of Slovakia at the Civic Centre.
After the game it was surprising English skills but no smiles. Not when talk with Filatov turned to the death of his “best friend in hockey,” Alexei Cherepanov….
“He is all the time in my mind,” Filatov says.
Understandable. This is Filatov’s first international tournament since Cherepanov’s death. Filatov won’t come out and say it but it’s apparent to anyone familiar with this Russian team: Cherepanov would have been expected to lead this team, but it now falls to him. Cherepanov would have worn the captain’s K, but that’s now sewn over Filatov’s heart.
Blood and urine samples taken from Alexei Cherepanov shows he had engaged in blood doping.
More from the AP via USA TODAY
The NHL Network (USA) will be televising two games today, Kazakhstan vs. Canada at 3:30pm ET & USA vs. Czech Republic at 7:30pm.
The Games are in HD as NHL Net picks-up the TSN feed for us in the States.
Don’f forget about the NHL Network (US) televising games from the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.: Germany vs. USA is on at 3:30pm ET today followed by Canada vs. Czech Republic at 7:30pm.
Check the full schedule of televised games at the NHL Network website.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
The WJC is different than, say, the Super Bowl. If you’ve seen one Super Bowl, you’ve seen them all—okay, maybe the games are different but the experience around the game is more or less the same. The same corporate tents, the same scalpers demanding five figures, maybe even six figures for seats, the same excessive halftime shows by some used-to-be-A-list performer, same monster stadiums. Not so the under-20s….
The Russians, particularly in Halifax, played fast and loose and the Canadian teams were as tight as frog skin. A lot of pundits are touting Sweden or even Russia to win this tournament and the U.S. figures to be stronger than usual (with a team that leans heavily on CHL talent). That might be an accurate read of the talent in this tournament ... and it might also take a bit of the weight of the Worlds of the Canadian teens’ shoulders.
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