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Red Wings at the Worlds, Saturday: Datsyuk scoreless in Russian win; Howard wins barn-burner; Z^2

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


2:15 PM.

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 #2: IIHF.com’s Lukas Aykroyd has posted a Russia-Latvia recap, and the stat sheet reveals that Datsyuk went 9-and-5 in the faceoff circle, had a shot and played 15:58 in the Russians’ win.

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: TSN posted an early CP recap, a 9:08 highlight clip from the game and an analysis of the penalty which yielded the game-winning OT goal.

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.”

Update #6: NHL.com, the Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones and Team USA‘s website (with an accompanying photo gallery) posted USA-Canada recaps, and…

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.

Update #7: MLive’s Brendan Savage penned a Worlds wrap-up, and USA Today’s Kevin Allen mostly spoke to Jack Johnson after Team USA’s win, but here’s a quip from Howard, too:

“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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RWBill's avatar

I had just found the first row link as the first period was coming to an end.  The announcer sounds like some sort of east Euro accent like the Saturday Night Live Two Wild and Crazy Guys.

Posted by RWBill on 05/05/12 at 02:37 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I think that was Dutch.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/05/12 at 02:44 PM ET

yzemaze's avatar

The streams at youtube are blocked for Germans, too. But it’s really no problem to view them with an UK-based proxy. (With a little help by FoxyProxy)

Posted by yzemaze from somewhere in f***ing Bavaria, Germany on 05/05/12 at 03:11 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Every country whose teams are participating in the Worlds have been “geo-blocked,” with the exception of Canada, I believe. So no dice for Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Latvia etc.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/05/12 at 03:20 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So wait, USA is playing and NBC is still not showing it?

No wonder nobody here cares about the Worlds, we can never watch it anyways.

http://www.lshunter.tv/hockey-live-streaming-video.html  <—- Gives you lots of options for feeds.

Chanfeed, sadly, has not been linking to Worlds feeds.  They’re money normally for NHL feeds…

Posted by Primis on 05/05/12 at 03:52 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It always boggles me how a USA team comprised of 3rd and 4th line NHLers and a few others consistently is Canada’s kryptonite anymore.  How does Canada’s roster not have someone to neutralize a Joey freaking Crabb?

Posted by Primis on 05/05/12 at 04:03 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

NBC will air the game at 7:30 PM EDT. At present, it’s tied 4-4 going to OT, but Howard’s been great despite giving up 4 goals, and Justin Abdelkaer’s been at his crash-and-bang best, getting an assist on the 4-3 goal.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/05/12 at 04:11 PM ET


So wait, USA is playing and NBC is still not showing it?

No wonder nobody here cares about the Worlds, we can never watch it anyways.

http://www.lshunter.tv/hockey-live-streaming-video.html  <—- Gives you lots of options for feeds.

Chanfeed, sadly, has not been linking to Worlds feeds.  They’re money normally for NHL feeds…

This. Exactly this.

Even better - the NBC Sport’s homepage and not a word that the WC is even happening. And they call themselves a serious sports media? Hah!

I’m a Swede living in Texas and I have no “proper” way of watching the games, everything is blocked. Thankfully I can listen to the games via the Swedish Radio’s website but it’s not quite the same - especially when you hear how great the games are to watch.

Anyway, thanks for the link! Hopefully I can watch the next game. smile

Posted by ShaneTX's Wife on 05/05/12 at 06:39 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

NBC is a joke but I’m sure we will hear from the noobs who think they’re doing an awesome job with their coverage of the NHL playoffs.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/05/12 at 10:15 PM ET

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