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The Swedish press came down hard upon the World Championship’s organizers on Friday as the Globen Arena in Stockholm and Hartwall Arena in Helsinki were essentially half-full—if that—because even games like the Sweden-Norway and Finland-Belarus openers were not exactly barn-burners, though the Wings’ Swedes readily admitted that prices between about $45 and $195 per ticket in U.S dollars made less than smart financial sense in terms of bringing families to games, especially given that ticket prices are likely to increase for marquee match-ups.
So the tournament’s organizers addressed the “fiaskot” (you can guess what that translates into in English) on Saturday morning, as IIHF.com’s John Sanful reports—and I hate to say it, but they did so in a really half-assed manner:
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
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.
Kyle Quincey will join Canada at the world championship tomorrow, according to @HC_TeamCanada.
The other Wings participating in the Worlds are Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Calle Jarnkrok, Niklas Kronwall and Henrik Zetterberg for Sweden, Pavel Datsyuk for Russia, Valtteri Filppula for Finland, Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader for Team USA, Tomas Tatar for Slovakia and Petr Mrazek for the Czech Republic.
Update: Marie Hallman reports that Ericsson will sit out today’s game, with Jonas Brodin taking his place, but will return shortly (Ericsson was apparently hit with a puck in his lower back, just above the rear, where tons of muscles and ligaments attach to, well, one’s rear and spine), and Expressen’s Callum Bloodworth and Louis Holmberg report that Ericsson will play on Monday against Denmark: As this might interest you the most, let’s begin at the beginning: via the schedule post and MLive’s Brendan Savage, here’s the corrected version of the Red Wings players’ World Championship schedule for today:
May 5: 9:15 a.m. – Latvia vs. Russia; [12 PM EDT—USA vs. Canada (will air at 7:30 PM EDT on NBC Sports Network)]; 1:15 p.m.—Sweden vs. Czech Republic
On Friday, Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots in Team USA’s 7-2 win over France, Tomas Tatar scored a goal in Slovakia’s 3-1 loss to Canada, Valtteri Filppula led all Finnish forwards in ice time in his team’s 1-0 win over Latvia and Henrik Zetterberg and Calle Jarnkrok registered assists in Sweden’s 3-1 victory over Norway, which Zetterberg told IIHF.com’s Lukas Aykroyd was a…chippy affair:
The Detroit Red Wings never had a “Russian problem” when Igor Larionov, Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov were helping the team win Stanley Cups in the 90’s, or when Pavel Datsyuk joined the fray in the early 2000’s, and in light of the shenanigans involving Predators forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, Larionov, who now represents some of the NHL’s best Russian prospects—prospects that Larionov very consciously prefers to place with North American Major Junior hockey franchises for their formative years’ worth of hockey—spoke to the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek about the lingering cultural divide, offering a blunt assessment of the reasons why the Alex Galchenyuks and Nail Yakupovs of the world still battle the same biases and predispositions that Larionov had to tangle with some 20 years ago:
“Obviously, I’m concerned about that,” Larionov said. “To me, sometimes, before you judge a person, you have to do your homework, see the guy and talk to the kid and talk to the parents and follow him for quite a while to form an impression and make a decision. To me, it’s a lack of communication, and stereotyping. It’s like a bad stereotype of the Russians – doesn’t care about the Stanley Cup, doesn’t respect the fans, doesn’t respect the teammates, doesn’t respect the club. You can’t judge one or two Russian players and talk about everybody. Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Czechs, you can always find a bad apple in the bunch.”
Sigh. Whether New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise will hit the open market as a free agent this summer is up for debate, but what is not is the fact that the NHL’s press corps is even more excited about the prospect of Parise signing with a team other than the Devils than the teams that would happily line up with Brinks trucks in tow to court Parise’s services already are. The Toronto Sun’s Mike Zeisberger continues to connect supposed dots between Parise and the Red Wings, among other teams, and while I’d love to see him come to Detroit, I’ll also readily admit that other teams would pay him more, with those “other teams” quite possibly, if not probably, including Parise’s current employer, the New Jersey Devils:
The ice isn’t the only place where Zach Parise is being shadowed consistently these days. While the Philadelphia Flyers continue to be frazzled and frustrated in their failed efforts to contain the diminutive, skilled captain of the New Jersey Devils, a pair of Hall of Fame eyes have been glued to Parise’s every spectacular move from way up in a press box.
Those professional peepers belong to Mark Howe, now the Detroit Red Wings director of pro scouting, who told QMI Agency he probably has seen Parise play “about 60, 61 times” over the past two years. And while Parise’s God-given skills make him one of the most talented forwards in the game, it is his will to succeed that impresses Howe the most.
Updated 5x at 7:03 PM: The final two games of the first day of the World Championships are in the books, and the vast majority of the Red Wings’ players taking part in the the “nightcaps” acquitted themselves very well (and yes, as you and I find more non-Geo-blocked live streams of games, they’ll mysteriously appear in the comments section so that you and I can watch as many of these games as possible):
Updated 4x at 2:04 PM: Recaps are coming in slowly as the first day of the World Championships remains an in-progress event (Finland faces Belarus at 1:15 PM EDT and Sweden faces Norway at 2:15 PM EDT), but in addition to expanding upon Jimmy Howard’s 21-save performance against France in the Americans’ Worlds opener, TSN reports that Tomas Tatar scored a goal in 14:56 of ice time as the Slovaks fell to Canada by a 3-1 tally.
It took a few days to do so, but Fox Sports Detroit has rendered Art Regner’s almost hour-long “Lunch with Art” interview with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock into five parts. Here’s Part 1 (after the jump cut as Silverlight is a pain in the butt):
Very briefly: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped 21 of 23 shots and Justin Abdeklader played pretty darn well in terms of physicality from what I watched of Team USA’s 7-2 win over France in the team’s World Championship opener (via the NBC Sports Network). The game was, however, much closer than the score indicates.
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