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World Hockey Championships: Playoffs and Medal Round

The World Hockey Championships completed today in Minsk, Belarus.  I have already reported upon the preliminary round.  This is a report on the games since that point.  We start in the quarterfinals, which were single elimination.

Czech Republic 4 USA 3.  Alexander Salak was the Czech goalie.  Tim Thomas played for USA.  Brock Nelson opened the scoring for USA in the first period.  Tomas Rolinek soon tied up the game.  The Czechs too control in the second period with three goals.  Jiri Novotny provided two assists.  The Americans tried to even things up in the third period.  Tyler Johnson added two empty net goals in the last couple minutes, but it wasn't enough.  Peter Mueller had three assists in the game.  Seth Jones had two assists.  The Czechs move on to the medal round.

Russia 3 France 0.  Russia controlled much of this game.  Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist and Nikolai Kulomin had two assists to lead the Russian offence.  Sergei Bobrovsky had a 16 save shutout for the Russians.  Cristobal Huet took the loss in goal for France.  Russia moves on to the medal round.

Finland 3 Canada 2.   Pekka Rinne was in goal for Finland.  Ben Scrivens was in goal for Canada.  Finland took a lead on an Olli Palola goal.  Canada then took a lead in the second period with goals by Kyle Turris and Mark Schiefele.  Jusso Hietanen tied the game up in the third period and Iiro Pakarinen gave Finland a lead with slightly over three minutes left.  Finland was then able to hold onto the lead.  Jori Lehtera had three assists in the game.  Finland moves onto the medal round.

Sweden 3 Belarus 2.  Anders Nilsson was in goal for Sweden.  Kevin Lalande was in goal for Belarus.  Nicklas Danielsson scored a first period goal to give Sweden a lead. Belarus then took a lead in the second round on goals by Geoff Platt and Alexei Yefemenko.  The Swedes then took over when Jimmie Ericsson and Mattias Ekholm scored.

In the semi-finals we saw:

Russia 3 Sweden 1.  Oscar Moller took the lead for Sweden early on.  Then Russia took over with three unanswered goals.  Yevgeny Medvedev and Danis Zaripov each had two assists.  Sergei Bobrovsky was the winning Russia goalie.  Anders Nilsson took the loss for the Swedes.

Finland 3 Czech Republic 0.  Pekka Rinne had a strong game with a 20 shot shutout for Finland.  Alexander Salak was the Czech goalie.  Jori Lehtera scored two of the Finnish goals.  Jarkko Immonen had the other goal and also added an assist.

This sets up the medal round.

Bronze/4th game:  Sweden 3 Czech Republic 0.  Anders Nilsson had a strong game with a 29 save shutout.  Alexander Salak was the losing Czech goalie.  Joakim Lindstrom added a goal and an assist fr Sweden with Simon Hjalmarsson and Mikael Backlund adding the other goals.  Sweden wins the bronze medal.

Gold/Silver game:  Russia 5 Finland 2.  Sergei Bobrovsky was the winning Russian goalie and Pekka Rinne was the Finnish goalie.  Danis Zaripov led the Russian offence with a goal and two assists.  Sergei Shirokov had a goal and an assist.  Finland's offensive leader was Jori Lehtera who had two assists,  Russia wins the gold medal and Finland the silver. 

Pekka Rinne was named the tournament MVP by the media.  The directorate disagreed and named Sergei Bobrovsky the best goalie in the tournament, Seth Jones was named top defenceman and Viktor Tikhonov of Russia the top forward.  The All Star team consisted of Rinne, Jones, Anton Belov of Russia, Tikhonov, Sergei Plotnikov of Russia and Antoine Roussel of France. 

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