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My apologies for the lack of Worlds updates today…I’m worn out from lack of sleep and an aggravated light sensitivity issue (thanks, concussion in 2006), so I need to take the afternoon off. I’ll be back at the latest sometime tomorrow. Sorry for the interruption in service.
After the news came down that the IIHF suspended Russia’s Alexei Emelin and Dmitri Kalinin one and three games, respectively, for Emelin’s spear and Kalinin’s cross-check to Johan Franzen’s face on Friday—Franzen is OK despite suffering a broken and dislocated nose, and grumbled about the refereeing in Friday’s loss with the Swedish media…
Updated at 6:57 PM with a better translation from Yahoo Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov: As I was attending my pal’s graduation, the news came rolling across Twitter: my first favorite Red Wing, Sergei Fedorov, has chosen to hang up his skates. According to Sovetsky Sport and multiple Russian sources, Fedorov has retired at the age of 42 and will become CSKA Moscow’s general manager in short order, though he may play in one final game this fall (roughly translated of course):
Ice hockey player Sergei Fedorov has accepted an invitation to become CSKA Hockey’s general manager, a source close to the club told the agency “F-Sport.”
“Sergei came into the club office, where yesterday (Friday) evening, he met with club director Alexey Khudaykov,” and both were satisfied,” said the agency’s source.
“Most probably, the first game of CSKA in the next season will be a farewell for Sergei, it would be the end, and he would focus on the managerial work on the team,” said the source.
Fedorov left Detroit under incredibly acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2003, with Fedorov and his father, Viktor, asserting via the Russian press and Sport-Express’s Igor Larin in particular that Mike Ilitch pulled a contract off the table, while VP Jimmy Devellano and various sources suggested that the opposite was true.
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…
The Red Wings’ players at the World Championships will engage in a weekend slate of games which will help determine their final rakings in the Helsinki and Stockholm group standings as round robin play slowly progresses toward its conclusion on Tuesday. Here’s what’s on tap for this weekend, per the schedule post and MLive’s Brendan Savage:
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
Justice for the Mule? Russian players may be disciplined for spearing, breaking Wings forward’s nose
Updated with a completely unrelated Valtteri Filppula Nike commercial for the hell of it: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was speared by Alexei Emelin and then had his nose broken on a vicious cross-check to the face by Dmitri Kalinin (the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that he’s going to be OK) in Sweden’s ugly 7-3 loss to Russia on Friday, but the IIHF’s website reports that, by the time Franzen probably returns to Sweden’s lineup for Tuesday’s game against Latvia, the players who angered an then busted the Mule might have sat out a game or two as well:
On the heels of Russia’s 7-3 preliminary round win over Sweden, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel will be reviewing two incidents that occurred during what was a heated match between the two hockey powers.
The first incident involved a slash on Johan Franzen by Alexei Yemelin, which occurred when Sweden scored its second goal to go up 2-1 in the first period.
The second incident under review again involved Franzen, who received a cross-check to the face from Dmitri Kalinin in front of the Russian net in the third period. The Swedish forward left the game following the cross-check, while Kalinin received a match penalty. Franzen later went to the hospital after the game with what is suspected to be a broken nose.
Via Andrew Johnson on Twitter, here’s the Emelin spear…
Updated 4x at 5:51 PM: St. James reports that Franzen will be OK: After Justin Abdelkader registered an assist in Team USA’s 3-2 OT win over Belarus, and Valtteri Filppula’s Finns imploded, dropping a 3-1 lead and losing 5-3 to Canada, I thought I’d take in a star-studded match-up between Sweden and Russia…
And instead, what I watched left me angry as angry can be. Sweden did indeed surrender a 3-1 lead and lose 7-3 to Russia in no small part because Johan Franzen, who scored a goal, got on the short end of the discipline department—after being speared after Zetterberg scored—first getting baited into pushing and shoving against Alexei Emelin, who dove like a soccer player after hacking Franzen and getting hacked back, and then getting 4 minutes for first going after Dmitri Kalinin and then slugging Evgeni Malkin (who registered a hat trick)...
While 12 members of the Red Wings’ organization participate in the World Championships, with Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg facing off this afternoon (at present, Zetterberg’s power play goal has given Sweden a 2-1 lead over Russia after 1 period), the Detroit Free Press does its best to make Wings fans remember what was—and what could be next spring—by re-posting an article Mitch Albom wrote ten years ago today, regarding Steve Yzerman practicing and playing through a mangled knee as the Wings advanced through the playoffs on their way toward their third Stanley Cup of the modern era—and Pavel Datsyuk’s first as a Wing:
Steve Yzerman is in his car, driving to practice. He doesn’t really do much on the practice ice these days. For one thing, his bad knee can’t take it. And, anyhow, at this point in the season, he and the other veterans don’t exactly need work.
But he goes. He goes because “you’re supposed to be there, ” he says. “If we have an 11 a.m. practice, it’s not like I can show up at 11:15 and say, ‘Hey, Scotty, how you doin’?’
“You can’t take advantage of your status. Other guys won’t say anything, because they don’t want to rock the boat, but they start wondering why they should be doing it if you’re not. It creates dissension.”
Updated 3x at 3:31 PM: Finland imploded!: As mentioned earlier this morning, the Red Wings’ participants at the World Championships are participating in a very busy day of games in Helsinki and Stockholm. Two games remain on that schedule, with Valtteri Filppula and Finland tangling with Kyle Quincey and Canada at 1:15 PM, and Pavel Datsyuk’s Russians playing in a huge game against Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall and Calle Jarnkrok (and Jonathan Ericsson, who won’t play but hasn’t been ruled out of the tournament) an hour later…
1:15 p.m. – Finland vs. Canada; [2:15 PM] – Russia vs. Sweden
And in the game that’s already in the books, Justin Abdelkader registered an assist and played a strong, hard-skating and sometimes vicious game, hacking, whacking and goalie-crashing his way to a promotion from the checking line to a more scoring-oriented trio of Abdelkader, Kyle Okposo and Craig Smith, but the Jimmy Howard-less Americans—Howard sat out this one as he’d played on Thursday—had a rough game against Kazakhstan, rope-a-doping their way to a 3-2 overtime win.
Pretty cool news for Red Wings fans, via NHL.com: Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk has made the top eight in EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover Vote, and Datsyuk will tangle with Islanders forward John Tavares between May 18 and 23 at http://covervote.nhl.com in an attempt to reach the fan-voted top four, per NHL.com:
[Philadelphia Flyers f]orwards Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell are among the eight quarterfinalists announced Friday by EA Sports and the National Hockey League. They are joined by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, John Tavares of the Islanders and Anze Kopitar of Los Angeles.
The quarterfinal voting, which begins Friday, will be split into two voting periods. Giroux faces Kopitar in one Bracket A battle, while Hartnell faces Malkin in a Battle of Pennsylvania showdown in the other half of Bracket A. In Bracket B, it is Datsyuk vs. Tavares and an all-goalie battle between Lundqvist and Rinne.
Bracket A voting runs from Friday to May 17. Bracket B voting begins May 18 and closes May 23. The semifinalists will be announced May 24, when the next round of voting begins. The EA Sports Cover Vote Finals takes place from May 29 to June 4.
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