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World Hockey Championship Playoffs

Last week I updated the World Hockey Championships preliminary and qualifying rounds.  The playoffs have been played now in the tournament.  Here are the results from the 2009 World Hockey Championships from Switzerland:

QuarterFinals

Russia 4 Belarus 3

This was a much more back and forth game than expected.  Belarus jumped out to a 1-0 and 2-1 lead before Russia evened the score and took the lead for good on a third period goal by Ilya Kovalchuk (one of his two points).  Russia’s other two point man was Alexander Radulov.  Belarus had a strong game from Oleg Antonenko, who scored three points.  Andrei Mezin manned the Belarus goal, keeping his team in the game.  Russia began the game with Ilya Bryzgalov in goal, but pulled him for Alexander Eremenko.

USA 3 Finland 2

All of the scoring in this game came in a busy second period.  Finland struck first on a goal by Niko Kapanen.  USA hit with three in a row from Dustin Brown, TJ Oshie and Ryan Suter (who was the only player to score two points).  Finland then tried to narrow the gap with a goal by Hannes Hyvonen.  Finland pressed the Americans hard to try to get back into the game and might have if not for Robert Esche in goal stopping 47 of 49 shots.  Pekka Rinne manned the Finland goal.

Canada 4 Latvia 2

Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period, which they held through the rest of the game as the teams exchanged goals.  Steve Stamkos and Dan Hamhuis led the way for Canada, with two points each.  Latvia was led by Herberts Vasiljevs, who also scored two points.  Chris Mason manned the Canadian nets, with Edgars Masalskis in the Latvian goal.

Sweden 3 Czech Republic 1

The Czechs outshot the Swedes 34 to 20, but were only able to beat goaltender Jonas Gustavsson one time.  Jakub Stepanek was not so strong in the Czech goal.  The Swedes were led by two points from Mattias Weinhandl.  The Czechs lone goal was scored by Petr Cajanek.

SemiFinals

Russia 3 USA 2

This was a tight defensive battle with neither team taking control through most of the game.  The US had goals by Dustin Brown and Kyle Okposo, but in the end could not stop the Russians.  Russian was led by Ilya Kovalchuk’s two points and also had goals from Alexander Frolov and the game winner by Konstantin Gorovikov.  Ilya Bryzgalov was the winning goalie for Russia.  Robert Esche played for USA.

Canada 3 Sweden 1

Canada took an early lead and never looked back.  Derek Roy scored twice, with Shawn Horcoff adding the other goal.  Loui Erkisson scored the lone Swedish goal late in the game.  Dwayne Roloson was the winning Canadian goaltender.  Jonas Gustavsson was in goal for Sweden.

Bronze/4th Game - Sweden 4 USA 2

USA might have played the stronger game, as they outshot Sweden 39-28.  Stefan Liv was the strong goaltender for the Swedes.  Robert Esche was the American goalie.  Sweden was led by Mattias Weinhandl’s three points and Loui Eriksson’s two.  The US had goals from Jack Johnson and Joe Pavelski. It was a late empty net goal by Johnny Oduya of Sweden that guaranteed the Swedes the bronze medal.

Gold/Silver Game - Russia 2 Canada 1

Canada took an early lead on a goal by Jason Spezza.  Russia tied it up when Oleg Saprykin (one of his two points) scored on the power play and took the lead on an Alexander Radulov goal.  Canada pressed hard outshooting the Russians 38 to 17, but could not beat Russian goalie Ilya Bryzgalov again.  Dwayne Roloson was the losing Canadian goalie.  Russian wins gold and Canada wins silver.

The media picked the tournament all star team.  It included Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk and Martin St Louis and Steve Stamkos of Canada.  On defence, Shea Weber of Canada joined Kenny Jonsson of Sweden.  In goal was Andrei Mezin of Belarus.

 

 

 

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