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by George Malik on 05/12/12 at 10:52 AM ET
Updated 2x at 9:41 AM: Per IIHF.com’s Szymon Szemberg:
IIHF Disciplinary Decision: RUS Alexei Yemelin 1 game suspension, Dmitri Kalinin 3 games (1 automatic+2).
Here’s the dealy-o per IIHF.com:
Kalinin’s third period cross-check on Franzen (one that knocked the Swede out of the game with a broken nose) resulted in a match penalty for the Russian, which carries an automatic one-game suspension. Upon further review the Disciplinary Panel decided to add two additional games to the suspension. This means that Kalinin will sit out Russia’s final two preliminary round games and one game in the playoff round.
In the other incident involving Franzen, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel has ruled that Yemelin’s slash on Franzen in the first period, for which he received a two-minute penalty at the time, was in fact a spear and in violation of the IIHF rules. Yemelin will miss Russia’s next game on Sunday against the Czech Republic.
As noted in the overnight report, the Red Wings’ representatives at the World Championships are in action today and tomorrow, and while I’m going to miss today’s games due to attending a friend’s graduation, here’s the schedule…
May 12: 5:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Belarus; 1:15 PM Canada vs. Kazakhstan : 2:15 p.m. – Italy vs. Sweden
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
And this morning, there’s good news to report on several fronts:
• The Slovakia-Belarus game is already over, and Tomas Tatar registered 2 assists, 2 shots, a +2 and 12:07 of ice time in Slovakia’s 5-1 win over the Kostitsyn brother-reinforced Belarussians (whose senior goaltender, Andrei Mezin, bizarrely left the team on Saturday).
• And as we wait to find out whether Alexei Emelin or Dmitri Kalinin will be disciplined or suspended for spearing Johan Franzen and then breaking his nose via a cross-check to the face, respectively, in Russia’s ugly 7-3 win over Sweden on Friday, TV4 reports that Franzen is OK, though SVT’s Marie Lehmann posted an ugly picture of the swelling. He will not play against Italy today, and although Patric Hornqvist has joined the team, the Swedes may or may not have to dress eleven forwards.
Lehmann reports that Franzen’s nose was indeed broken, and dislocated, or in Franzen’s words, “pointing the wrong way,” and re-set at the hospital. The handsome man groused to Aftonbladet’s Emil Karlsson and Jonathan Ekeliw about Friday’s events as he witnessed them (and this is very roughly translated):
“The worst referees I’ve ever seen”
Got his nose broken—furious at referees
Johan Franzen had to leave the game against Russia with a broken nose. The day after the game, he’s really bruised—and still angry with the referees.
“They’re the worst I’ve seen. They should never be refereeing again at this level,” says Franzen to Sportbladet.
He was agitated in the Swedish team’s 3-7 loss to Russia. The referees were challenged and Russian defenseman Alexei Emelin was accused of both an ugly blow and acting.
In the first period, he gave—after taking a slash—Johan Franzen a spearing. The Tre Kronor players wanted a match penalty, but the sentence was only two minutes in the sin bin.
“It was an obvious spearing and it’s supposed to be a match penalty, obviously,” said Franzen, who is still disappointed with the refereeing pair. Finn Antti Borman and American Keith Kaval.
“They don’t know the rule book…”
“They were the worst I’ve ever seen. They don’t know the rule book and I hope that they never referee in this kind of context again.”
Later Emelin was behind Russia’s recovery from 1-3 to 3-3, when he first, as the Swedes [saw it], dove for a penalty against Franzen, and then he put the puck into the net when the Tre Kronor star sat in the penalty box again.
“I heard that Malkin received the award as the best player, but it was the referees who decided the game on their own. We had control before they began to find penalties,” said Frarnzen, who, shortly after the 3-3 goal, had his nose broken after a cross check from Dmitri Kalinin, and was taken to a hospital.
“Stick the handle of a fork in your nose and you’ll understand how I feel right now. It’s pressing down on me a little bit but I had anaesthetic and so on.”
“Knew it was broken”
Weren’t you scared of all the blood?
“No, I realized that my nose was broken, but as long as it was in one part I didn’t worry. It’s worse with knees or feet. It was bleeding very badly, but it was only from the inside of the nose, luckily.”
Is your World Championship over?
“No, no. I’ve been to the hospital and got my nose fixed. Now it’s straight—well, at least somewhat straight.”
Franzen will miss tonight’s game against Italy, but could be back already in the game against Latvia on Tuesday.
“We were at the hospital half the night, and didn’t get back until two or three. I think he (Franzen) is doing well, but he’s certainly got a sore nose. It could have been worse, but I don’t think he’ll play tonight,” says team doctor Bjorn Waldeback.
Could there be talk of special protection?
“Well, what we’re thinking about is that he could play with a full cage from now on.”
Johan Franzen seemed to be in a good mood in any case, and kicked around a little soccer ball along with, among others, Viktor Fasth, Jakob Silfverberg and Gabriel Landeskog before a workout. He refrained, however, from taking to the ice.
Will you play against Latvia on Tuesday?
“Oh, I both believe and hope so,” says Franzen. “If it was a quarterfinal, I would have played this evening.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson was also injured in the game against Russia.
“He got a slap shot right off his foot. It’s not a hundred percent that he’ll play tonight,” says Bjorn Waldeback.
Franzen more or less repeated his comments to Expressen’s Sebastian Mattson and Mattias Ek, but they also noted the following from Waldeback, who says that Franzen had x-rays at the hospital:
“He was bleeding quite hard and the first thing to do was to stop the bleeding at the local clinic. Then we went to one of Stockholm’s major hospitals. It took half the night before we were done,” says Waldeback to HockeyExpressen.se.
Franzen did breathing exercises. Doctors also checked that the Detroit star didn’t suffer a concussion.
“He’s remarkably well today,” says Waldeback, which also describes the time it took to repair Franzen’s bloody nose.
“You drive two inverted prongs into the nose and straighten it with a decent flick.”
More from Waldeback: “He had two nasal fractures only a few months ago. It was a bit hard to tell, but he’s got a new one now. The experts that we talked to recommended to not play tonight, but it’s how he feels. Some are amazingly good. It’s a shame to expose your nose to that risk.”
Is he up to date in terms of protection to his nose? Will he wear a cage?
“It’s 50-50, depending on how he feels and understands. The nose is still protected by the shield. He must be able to play the game he wants to play.
So it’s not certain that he’ll play with a cage?
“No, but it is likely.”
On the Russian front, Sportbox.ru reports that Emelin and Kalinin practiced as usual, and, predictably, Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak admitted to the press that Emelin and Kalinin at least “broke the rules,” and may be suspended, but Championat notes that he blamed Franzen in both instances, and went a step further, suggesting to the Russian Hockey Federation’s website that the referees were indeed to blame—for allowing the Swedes to target Russian NHL’ers, which he insists will lead to no participation by NHL’ers in the World Championship sooner than later…
And both Sovetsky Sport and Allhockey.ru note that Kalinin told Vesti Sport that he reacted unintentionally to protect Semyon Varlamov, telling Vesti Sport that “it was useless” for him to explain himself to the IIHF’s disciplinary committee, and that the Swedes were the ones who acted predictably.
To quote Seinfeld, “Yadda yadda yadda.” We’ll find out if the players are suspended, probably after I leave for my friend’s graduation, but I’ve asked Paul to keep an eye out for the news.
Otherwise, I strongly suggest that you read Ryan Suter will remain with Nashville...
And I can only say that I worked this hard to translate stuff that may or may not matter because I barely got any sleep last night, and as such, I’m going to post a quick Worlds, Day 9 recap when I get home and then plain old go to bed for the night. I don’t want to make myself sick covering the Worlds, but I’m pretty damn close to beat to hell after putting in eight sixteen-hour days. It happens, but I’m not sure if you’re interested in the detail I’m going into, and going into the Sunday/Monday/Tuesday grind, I may lighten up a bit and do more summarizations and links to articles instead of out-and-out translations.
I’m sorry about that, but I feel it’s my responsiblity to let you know what’s going on if I alter content levels, and I just want to avoid being totally burnt out going into Thursday’s quarterfinals, Saturday’s semifinals and the gold and silver medal games on Sunday…and for the rest of the spring, frankly.
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