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by George Malik on 05/12/12 at 06:53 PM ET
After the news came down that the IIHF suspended Russia’s Alexei Emelin and Dmitri Kalinin one and three games, respectively, for Emelin’s spear and Kalinin’s cross-check to Johan Franzen’s face on Friday—Franzen is OK despite suffering a broken and dislocated nose, and grumbled about the refereeing in Friday’s loss with the Swedish media…
The Franzen-less Swedes, playing with only 11 forwards, rolled along, defeating Italy 4-0, with Henrik Zetterberg registering a pair of assists.
Statistically, Zetterberg finished the game with those 2 assists, a 6-and-1 faceoff record, 1 shot and finishing at +1 in only 15:55 of ice time (Zetterberg’s been playing 22+ minutes a night);
Niklas Kronwall was scoreless but had 2 shots and finished at +1 in 17:39 of ice time, playing with Victor Hedman;
And Calle Jarnkrok was held off the scoresheet but went 7-and-2 in the faceoff circle, had 3 shots and finished even in 16:17 of ice time.
Back in Helsinki, Kyle Quincey and Canada assured their spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Kazakhstan 8-0, though Quincey didn’t score a point, took one shot and finished at +1 in 13:08 of ice time, playing on the third defensive pair with Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell.
I’d post the various Swedish, Canadian and Slovak comments, as well as the predictable Russian reaction to the suspension—they’re obviously pissed off—but I’m running on about 4 hours of sleep over the past two days and sweated off a few pounds while watching my friend graduate from U of D in the rafters of an un-air conditioned Callahan Hall during a 3-hour-long ceremony, so I’m exhausted I’ll do the multilingual scuttlebutt later if that’s OK with you, because I need to drop for a few hours.
In all honesty, I may wait till the overnight report to do it because I’m that wasted by these 16 to 18-hour workdays, so I’m sorry about that but the body’s been worn out as far as it will take.
Sunday’s schedule will look like this:
May 13: 9:15 a.m. – USA vs. Finland [on the NBC Sports Network]; 10:15 AM– Russia vs. Czech Republic; 1:15 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Slovakia
Update, FTR, I did not look at Kirkland Krawford’s recap/wrap-up from the Detroit Free Press before I penned this, but he got to the news before I did;
And MLive’s Anar Khan both covered the Franzen situation and got an update regarding Jonathan Ericsson’s health from Ken Holland:
Holland said he’s not sure if defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will return to the tournament. He was injured in Sweden’s opener against Norway on May 4, when he was cross-checked in the back.
“He continues to be hopeful and optimistic that he can get healthy enough to play,’’ Holland said. “It’s some type of lower back injury. He tried skating the other day. He didn’t feel good, wanted to give it another couple of days.’‘
Holland called it a day-to-day injury, nothing that will require further attention after the tournament ends.
Again, Ericsson took a cross-check directly over what is called the sacroiliac joint, which is essentially the spot just above one’s butt where the vast majority of one’s muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves attach to the pelvis and spine, and because Ericsson was hacked so hard that he was bleeding, he is dealing with back pain and, as so many lower back muscles and ligaments attach and one’s butt, hip flexors and even groin muscles start at the SI joint, he’s pretty much sore from the middle of his back to just above his knees.
I’ve had significant back issues and hip flexor pain due to fiddle-string-tight ligature through my SI joint, and despite lots of physical therapy, my hip flexors tend to fire up and spasm down my thighs when I sit in a cramped position or get stressed (seriously).
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