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In terms of what's become a daily Red Wings programming update: on Thursday, Jakub Kindl's Czechs punched a ticket to Saturday's World Championship Quarterfinal vs. Finland at 11:45 AM EDT on Saturday, Jusitn Abdelkader checked his way into a suspension from international play thanks to a boneheaded hit, and Gustav Nyquist's Swedes booked a showdown vs. the Russians in a World Championship Quarterfinal that will take place on Saturday at 7:45 AM.
Tonight, there are no NHL games on the schedule, so the NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports will air one game: the Memorial Cup semifinal between the Edmonton Oil Kings and Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs, tonight at 7 PM EDT. The winner of tonight's semifinal will battle Tyler Bertuzzi's Guelph Storm for the Memorial Cup on Sunday at 4 PM, which will coincide with the second period of the World Championship's Gold Medal game (that game starts at 2 PM EDT).
Red Wings prospect Mitch Callahan posted a rather infamous "selfie" after taking a puck to the mouth some six weeks ago, suffering a broken jaw and losing eight teeth after taking a Ryan Sproul slap shot to the face. I'm posting the Tweet minus piture here, and you have been warned as to its graphic nature--lots of blood and guts follow, and it's gross.
Callahan had to have surgery to repair his jaw, and he did return to the Grand Rapids Griffins' lineup for their playoff run while wearing a full shield and between dental appointments. His mom came to Michigan to help him deal with the wires in his jaw and the soft-food (and probably liquid painkillers, which taste just dreadful) diet:
Team Sweden managed to rally from a 2-1 deficit and defeat the pesky Belarussians (despite 2 goals from Belarus "native" Geoff Platt and superb goaltending from Kevin Lalonde), winning 3-2 against the team that defeated Sweden so infamously during the 2002 Olympics, and advancing to Saturday's Semifinal vs. Russia (at 7:45 AM EDT; Jakub Kindl's Czechs will battle Finland at 11:45)...
And while Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was named Sweden's Best Player (Sergei Kostitsyn was named Belarus's Best Player, so the BP-picker may have been drinking some Belarusian beer, but hey, Nyquist gets a nice atch), he may have been Sweden's best defensive forward, not its best offensive player. Nyquist was dangerous offensively, playing his give-and-go game to perfection, and he backchecked like nobody's business...
In short Red Wings-related form:
- Justin Abdelkader's boneheaded major penalty did indeed play a large role in Team USA's 4-3 loss to Jakub Kindl's Czechs at the World Championship's quarterfinals. Kindl's Czechs will play the winner of today's Canada-Finland game in Saturday's semifinal 1;
- At present, Gustav Nyquist's Swedes are tied 1-1 with Belarus in the second period (cough stream cough), and whoever wins that game will battle Russia in semifinal 2;
- DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose noted that SportsBusiness Journal named the Winter Classic its "Event of the Year," and SBJ also naed the NHL its sports league of the year and Gary Bettman its sports executive of the year. I thought the NHL got some spiffy awards...
Updated significantly at 1:53 PM: Team USA is out of the World Championships thanks to their 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic...
And if you were to ask me whether the Americans could win prior to the game, between Tim Thomas's middling goaltending (he was both spectacular and very, very mediocre yet again), the Americans' ridiculously young roster and their sloppy defense (their penalty-killing involved letting Danny DeKeyser and Seth Jones be picked off by 2 Czech forwards while the 3rd came in and scored, twice), there's no way in hell that I would've believed that the Americans could've beaten the Czechs.
Updated 2x with video at 10:46 AM: I'm watching the U.S.-Czech World Championship Quarterfinal game presently, and the Czechs are up 4-1 (game airing on NBCSN on tape delay, NBC Sports Live Extra and...elsewhere...) thanks to two power play goals scored on a 5-minute major against Team USA captain and Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.
There are certain Leafs fans who are now comparing Abdelkader to Matt Cooke--which is just as dumb as this hit was.
Abdelkader's gone out of his way to play overly physically during this tournament, attempting to "set the tone" for the young U.S. team by setting an example, but in worrying about physical play instead of just worrying about forechecking well and going to the front of the net, he's made some absolutely boneheaded plays, and he's probably going to be suspended for the balance of this tournament and several games in the next IIHF tournament he plays for this dim decision.
Update: TSN's on the case:
In seven hours, Team USA will kick off the World Championships' quarterfinals against Jakub Kindl's Czechs, and while NBCSN will air the game on tape delay at 9:30 AM EDT, NBC Sports' Live Extra claims that it's going to air both US-CZE game live at 9 AM and the other quarterfinals (Gustav Nyquist and Sweden battle Belarus at 2 PM EDT)...
But I'm going to make a slightly too-honest admission here: you may be better off watching a slightly fuzzier semi-legal stream as it won't be interrupted by commercials during game play (depending on luck, seriously). Also: Swedish commercials are awesome and the Russians sure know how to get excited.
In lieu of an overnight report due to 30+ hours sans sleep:
The World Championships' Quarterfinal rounds take place on Thursday, and three teams have Red Wings participants--and you need to know that the programming regarding one game is kind of screwy.
At 9 AM EDT, Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Team USA will play Jakub Kindl's Czechs, but USA Hockey's website has already announced that the game will air on NBCSN on tape delay at 9:30 due to the Monaco Grand Prix.
You will have to go to NBC Sports' "Live Extra" website and cross your fingers that your cable or satellite provider's bought in if you wish to watch the game live (as noted in the comment section, the Live Extra website claims to be airing the other quarterfinals as well? Who knows whether that's accurate).
The winner of the US-CZE game will play the winner of Canada-Finland on Saturday. The CAN-FIN game takes place at 1 PM EDT, and will air on TSN;
And Gustav Nyquist's Swedes will battle Belarus at 2 PM EDT.
Updated significantly at 1:38 AM: What a strange tournament. For Anthony Mantha and the Val-d'or Foreurs, the Memorial Cup's about learning how to deal with a spotlight that playing in Northern Quebec has never exposed the team to, and for Mantha in particular, getting the snot checked out of him as the OHL and WHL's best teams chase him up and down the ice.
For Mantha, a goal and an assist in 3 games is fantastic, as is the fact that they'll play the Edmonton Oil Kings in Friday's semifinal;
For Tyler Bertuzzi, however, the tournament's a very different animal. He's been able to piss off the Oil Kings, the Foreurs, and tonight, Bertuzzi and his Guelph Storm played against a very, very familiar foe in the host London Knights--and the shift disturber was downright dominant in terms of scoring (2 goals, the 3-1 marker and the 4-2 goal) and driving a team full of players whose buttons he could push and fans he could aggravate batty.
Bertuzzi's Guelph Storm got some fine revenge on their frequent OHL rivals, sending the host London Knights--the team Guelph defeated in the second round of the OHL playoffs--to the offseason via a 7-2 thrashing on Wednesday, and now Guelph will wait to play in Sunday's final.
Amongst Bertuzi's exploits:
Tyler Bertuzzi and the Guelph Storm are currently battling the London Knights at the Memorial Cup, Jimmy Howard's about to take over Vaughn Hockey's Twitter account, and the Wings posted a superb video chronicling the first game between Anthony Mantha's Val-d'Or Foreurs and Bertuzzi's Storm (which took place on Monday) earlier today....
And in light of the Grand Rapids Griffins' locker-room clean-out day, the Red Wings seem to have chosen today to wrap up what is now a seven-installment series chronicling the Griffins' attempt to defend their Calder Cup.
The Wings' latest video wraps up the series, and while its focus is Mitch Callahan, the seven-minute video includes comments from Tom McCollum, Riley Sheahan and Landon Ferraro as well:
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