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World Hockey Championships - Playoffs

After a preliminary round and a qualifying round, the World Hockey Championships in Germany have gone to the playoffs.  Here are the results:

Quarterfinals

Czech Republic 2 Finland 1 (shootout)  Petri Kontiola opened the game with a Finnish goal in the first minute.  The Czechs finally tied it on a third period goal by Jakub Klepis.  The game played to a tie as goaltenders Pekka Rinne and Tomas Vokoun were only beaten once each.  Due to the need for a quick winner, some sort of skills competition was played with the Czechs winning.

Sweden 4 Denmark 2  Sweden controlled this game.  They scored first on a Marcus Nilson goal and at one point held a 3-0 lead.  Captain Magnus Johansson had two assists to be the only Swede who managed multiple points in the game.  Denmark’s offence was led by captain Jesper Damgaard, who had two points.  Jonas Gustavsson was the winning goalie for the Swedes.  Patrick Galbraith was the Danish goalie.

Russia 5 Canada 2  Russia controlled this game.  Maxim Afinogenov scored first and they took a 3-0 lead at one point.  Evgeni Malkin scored twice for the Russians, Ilya Kovalchuk added three assists and Vitaly Atyushov had two assists.  No Canadian players managed more than one point.  Semyon Varlamov was the winning goalie and Chris Mason was the loser.

Germany 1 Switzerland 0   This was a defensive battle.  Dennis Endras, the German goalie stopped 41 Swiss shots for a shutout.  He beat Swiss goalie Martin Gerber, who was beaten in the second period by a Philip Gogulla goal, which was the difference in the game.

Semi-Finals

Czech Republic 3 Sweden 2 (shootout)   This was a relatively even back and forth game.  Johan Harju opened the scoring for the Swedes, but it was tied by Tomas Mojzis before the first period ended.  Andreas Engqvist gave Sweden another lead, which was tied with eight seconds left by Karel Rachunek.  Needing a winner, they had another skills competition, which was won by the Czechs giving them two straight ties that they won in skills competitions. 

Russia 2 Germany 1   Russia was unable to dominate the hometown Germans.  The game was kept close.  Marcel Goc gave the Germans a first period lead.  Evgeni Malkin tied it up in the second period.  Pavel Datsyuk scored the winner with less than two minutes left.  Vasili Koshechkin was the Russian goaltender and Robert Zepp manned the German net.

Bronze/4th Game

Sweden 3 Germany 1   Sweden controlled most of the play in this game.  Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson opened the scoring for the Swedes in the first period.  Alexander Barta tied it up with a goal for the Germans.  Despite a large advantage in shots and scoring chances, the Swedes could not take the lead until the third period when Jonas Andersson scored twice.  Jonas Gustavsson was the winning goalie.,  Dennis Endras lost for the Germans, but did a good job keeping them in the game despite being outshot by a 2:1 margin.  Sweden won the bronze medal.

Gold/Silver Game

Czech Republic 2 Russia 1   Despite Russia controlling most of the play, Jakub Klepis opened the scoring for the Czechs.  Tomas Rolinek added an insurance goal in the second period.  The Russians pressed hard to get back into the game but could not score until Pavel Datsyuk added a late goal with the Russian goalie pulled.  Tomas Vokoun stopped 35 of 36 Russian shots to win the Czechs the gold.  Semyon Varlamov was the losing goalie as the Russians took the silver.

Dennis Endras, the German goalie, was chosen as tournament MVP.  Pavel Datsyuk was chosen the top forward and Petteri Nummelin of Finland was chosen the top defenceman in the tournament.

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Lindas1st's avatar

Russians pressed hard to get back into the game but could not score until Pavel Datsyuk added a late empty net goal.

I think you mean an extra-attacker goal. When the team that’s scores has their goalie pulled.
As opposed to an empty net goal which is scored when the team that scores does so into an emty net. The Czechs did have their goalie in when Datsyuk scored while Russia pulled Varlamov.
Just Sayin’.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 05/23/10 at 06:50 PM ET

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