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Updated 4x with highlights at 3:01 PM: What a strange day at the World Championships. After Slovakia upset Canada, the Russians played a spotty, sloppy game on sticky, goopy ice at the Globen Arena in Stockholm, and almost played “cruise control” hockey from the outset against an incredibly tenacious, nasty and gritty Norwegian team, emerging with a 5-2 victory (and semifinal match-up against the USA-Finland winner on Saturday) whose score belies an incredibly, incredibly tight game.
As we await the main event, part 1 for North American fans in Finland versus the U.S. at 11:30 AM EDT (on the NBC Sports Network and TSN), and we will soon find out whether, as Fox Sports Detroit’s Art Regner suggests, that RedWingsFeed)...
Updated 5x with highlights at 3:02 PM: Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey and Team Canada tempted fate on Thursday morning and found out the hard way that single-game elimination hockey is a cruel mistress, dropping a 4-3 decision to Slovakia in the Quarterfinals, ending Canada’s World Championship run.
Canada surrendered a 2-0 lead to Slovakia, awoke groggy and rallied to score three straight goals, and nursed a 3-2 lead for thirteen minutes of the third period…
And then Tomas Tatar, who had an astonishingly wonderful game, came roaring up the right wing, and as Quincey engaged him, and the otherwise invisible (in a good way) Quincey took the open man and left the shooter to his goaltender, Milan Bartovic got off a wonky shot and chipped the rebound past a shaky Cam Ward, tying the game 3-3 with 4:35 left in the 3rd.
Updated with Hudler speculation at 8:48 AM: Slovakia and Canada are already playing in the World Championship quarterfinals as I write this (and Tomas Tatar is playing fantastic hockey this morning), and Expressen’s Jonas Solberger and Aftonbladet’s Tomas Ros are confirming that Jonathan Ericsson’s good to go after missing almost two weeks with inflammation to his SI joint, with Ericsson slated to play in the last game of the day—Sweden vs. the Czech Republic at 2:15 PM EDT…
And the NBC Sports Network is indeed airing each and every one of the Quarterfinals via TSN’s broadcast feed this morning, so if you do have a spare moment at work or school, there’s nothing wrong with asking whoever monopolizes your time to check out the Canada-Slovakia game, Russia vs. Norway (8:45 EDT), USA vs. Finland (11:30 AM EDT) or perhaps the Sweden-Czech game.
As the World Championship’s Quarterfinals begin bright and early at 6 AM EDT with Canada and Slovakia kicking off the day’s festivities (on TSN and the NBC Sports Network), and my migraines haven’t gone away, I’m gonna tuck in early while warning you that the headaches mean that you might not see as much translated Swedish, Russian, Finnish, etc. as usual (sorry), and also warning fans who aren’t used to what has now become a two-week grind in Helsinki and Stockholm to prepare…
To witness hockey that will resemble the shot-blocking, trap-happy stuff we’ve been watching NHL teams play as opposed to what has essentially looked like successful Red Wings playoff hockey when the top teams have tangled. The Quarterfinals in particular tend to involve low-scoring, chippy and sometimes shootout-decided hockey for a very simple reason:
Among the many news items in the catchy-uppy post, the Left Wing Lock’s Sarah Lindenau posted the schedule for this summer’s Red Wings prospect development camp, which will take place at its usual time, the second week of July, at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, MI:
Per USA Today’s Kevin Allen...
The NHL Players Association has notified its players Wednesday through a memo that the NHL has sent written notice it plans to “terminate and/or modify” the collective bargaining agreement when it expires on Sept. 15. This is a formality because it was well understood by the NHLPA that the league wanted to negotiate a new deal.
Under CBA Article 3.1(a), according to the memo, had no notice been given by either party, the existing CBA would have remained in place for another year.
In the memo, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told players they would be notified when negotiating sessions are to begin. He said all players are encouraged to attend as many of the bargaining sessions as possible.
“There is no better way to send a message to the league that players are engaged in the process of bargaining for a fair new contract,” Fehr said in the memo.
And the Hockey News’s Ken Campbell:
Updated 2x with TONS of stuff at 5:27 PM: Here’s a round-up of the English-language news I missed due to my post-concussive equivalent of migraines, and just as the first catch-up post talked about future events before getting down to brass tacks, this post will follow the same format:
• First and foremost, Pavel Datsyuk and John Tavares will face off in the semifinals of EA Sports’ NHL 13 Cover Vote from Friday, May 18th until Wednesday, May 23rd;
St. James: if the Red Wings can’t land Parise, might Alexander Semin may be their consolation prize?
Given his incredibly inconsistent performances, never mind the fact that his agent is Mark Gandler (who’s insisted to ESPN’s Craig Custance that his client won’t bolt for the KHL), the prospect of the following “marriage” makes me cringe, but, via RedWingsFeed, the Free Press’s Helene St. James broaches the subject anyway: the Wings are not able to target Zach Parise this summer, their best bet in terms of an unrestricted free agent forward who can score goals is…Alex Semin:
Semin is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there’s little chance he’ll be back with Washington. He has had three consecutive sub-par playoff performances, and that, coupled with the fact the Capitals continue to struggle every spring despite high expectations, is certain to prompt change in Washington. The 2011-12 Caps had one of the NHL’s highest payrolls, partly because of the $6.7-million contract they gave to Semin last summer. All that got Washington was 21 goals and 33 assists in the regular season and just four points in 14 playoff games.
For the record, CSKA Moscow’s website is confirming that their Board of Directors met yesterday, and have appointed newly-retired Red Wing Sergei Fedorov the club’s general manager.
As stated a few days ago, Fedorov’s retirement and the questions as to whether his number should be retired by the Red Wings…aren’t black and white, let’s put it that way.\
Update: Fedorov is confirming the news to Sport-Express.
Prior to taking a three-day break due to what I can best describe as the equivalent of post-concussive migraines, the World Championships’ round robin stage was still underway in Stockholm and Helsinki.
Today, the round robin portion of the tournament has wrapped up, and the top four teams from the Stockholm Group—Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Norway—will tangle in the Quarterfinals on Thursday before heading to Helsinki, where they’ll meet up with the winners of the Helsinki Group’s quarterfinal teams—Canada, the United States, Finland and Slovakia—on Saturday. [update/edit: And there’s good news for Sweden as IIHF.com’s Szymon Szemberg reports that Jonathan Ericsson will be playing for the Swedes]
In other words, out of the four teams that are still alive in Stockholm, two will advance to play against the two remaining teams in Helsinki for the Semifinals on Saturday, with the winners of those games playing for Gold on Sunday, and the losers playing for Bronze. Here’s how the schedule hashes out from tomorrow to Sunday (per the IIHF’s website):
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