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by George Malik on 05/05/12 at 02:31 PM ET
Updated 7x at 5:19 PM: The biggest Red Wings-related news regarding the World Championships thus far involves Kyle Quincey becoming the 12th Wings player or prospect taking part in the Worlds as Quincey will join Team Canada tomorrow, and as I’m writing this, the U.S. and Canada are facing off in a game which began at 12 PM EDT and will air at 7:30 PM EDT on the NBC Sports Network, and the Swedes will face off against the Czechs at
We’ve been sharing some semi-legal stream links for those of us who are “Geo-blocked” out of the IIHF’s on-demand stuff, and as I write this, Pavel Datsyuk didn’t fare in the scoring but played a strong game in Russia’s 5-2 victory over Latvia, and Jimmy Howard is playing for Team USA, which is tied 1-1 with Canada in the 1st period of their game.
I’ll update this post with news from the Russians’ win, Team USA’s tilt with Canada and the Czech-Sweden game as the day progresses, and just as we’ve been doing in the overnight report, please continue to send in links to solid streams of the game in the comments section.
They’re not exactly legal, but it’s not exactly fair that the countries which participate in the Worlds have been “Geo-blocked,” either, so we’ve gotta do what we’ve gotta do as fans to try and watch our favorite players do their thing. Don’t forget to keep your pop-up blockers, anti-spyware and script-blocking software handy as some of these foreign sights are rife with spyware, but I might suggest that, for example, the third feed at this link might, perhaps, help you watch the USA-Canada game from TSN’s feed…
Update #1: Jonathan Ericsson told Expressen’s Jonathan Lindquist that he’s essentially “day to day,” and is hoping to play in Monday’s game against Denmark, and Ericsson says that his bleeding buttock muscle resulted from taking a hard cross-check to his lower back. The rear end’s muscles and ligature from the hips, back and spine all meet up just above one’s butt (trust me, I had to have physical therapy for years for bad hip flexors, and the vast majority of the muscle and ligament un-tensioning involved my therapist jamming her thumbs into the areas where said ligaments, flexors and muscles attach right above one’s butt to relieve pressure)...So he’s gonna be OK and will play again during the tournament sooner or later.
Update #3: Jimmy Howard may have given up 4 goals on 34 shots, but he was fantastic for Team USA, which defeated Canada 5-4 in overtime. Justin Abdelkader should have been credited with an assist on the 4-3 goal, played 14:32, had 5 hits and went 10-and-10 in the faceoff circle. The IIHF’s website has already posted a short recap via Andrew Podnieks.
Update #4: Uffe Bodin of Hockeysverige.se spoke to Pavel Datsyuk about ticket prices among other things…
Update #5.5: Here’s Howard speaking to IIHF.com’s Podnieks:
“It’s an easy game to get up for,” Jimmy Howard, Ward’s counterpart said. “You’re having fun out there, and that’s exactly what it was today—fun. It’s great to get a good start. We’re now 2-0, and we just have to build off it.”
Johan Franzen scored a goal, Niklas Kronwall scored a goal and Henrik Zetterberg registered 2 assists in Team Sweden’s 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic.
Zetterberg was named the team’s best player as he registered 2 assists, went 9 and 7 in the faceoff circle and played 16:48;
Kronwall scored a goal on 2 shots and played 19:42;
Franzen scored a goal on 2 shots, lost his only faceoff and played 17:05;
And Calle Jarnkrok occasionally got a boost to play on Sweden’s 2nd line instead of its checking line, registering 1 shot and going 6 and 5 in the faceoff circle in 15:19 of ice time.
IIHF.com’s John Sanful has already posted an early recap.
“There was a lot of scoring chances at both ends,” Howard said. “If you look at our lineup, everyone can skate really well, and that’s what you need on the big sheet (of ice) over here.”
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