IIHF World Chamipionship Day 4 and 5: Giroux shines, Gus making progress, Bryz being Bryz

5/6/2013

Germany-Slovakia 2-3

Noebels 0+0, 2:48 TOI

Radivojevic 0+0, 17:05 TOI

Team Slovakia won their third game against Germany 3-2 despite losing twice in that game. Team Germany has only one point so far, while Slovakia has six points.

Czech Republic-Switzerland 2-5

Voracek 0+1, 19:18 TOI, -2

Team Czech Republic lost the second straight game when they couldn’t beat the red-hot Switzerland. The Czechs made it more difficult for themselves to advance into the playoffs. But the schedule looks quite good for Jakub Voracek’s team – games against Denmark, Slovenia, Canada, and Norway are coming up.

Czech Republic started very good with Jiri Tlusty’s shot on Martin Gerber, but Switzerland took the lead midway through the first. Team Czech came back in the second stanza but Switzerland proved themselves as the best team in Group A while scoring two in the third. Jakub Voracek recorded one assist on the first goal scored by Jiri Hudler (2+0 in the game).

Sweden-Belarus 2-1

Gustafsson 0+0, 24:49, +1

The Swedish national team found out that there’s nothing like a weak opponent on the World Championship. They beat Belarus with a goal coming with just 8 minutes remaining in the third period, scored by Fredrik Pettersson top shelf.

Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson played another strong game (24:49 TOI, team highest), despite being held off the score sheet. Peter Laviolette should be happy with his progress and gaining experience on an international level of playing.

Finland-France 3-1

Vaananen 0+1, 16:15 TOI, +1

Kukkonen 0+0, 9:46

Finland won their third straight, but it wasn’t an easy victory. At the end of the second, Pesonen scored the game opener and Aaltonen added the second one just thirty seconds after. France made it a one-goal game with Bellemare’s goal, but Vitaluoma sealed the deal for Finland midway the third period.

5/7/2012

Austria-Latvia 6-3

Austria gained their first three points against Latvia, a team that has been playing in the World Championships since 1997. Now, they’re going to face the elimination, and they could eventually fall down into the First Division.

Slovenia-Denmark 2-3 OT

Lauridsen 0+0, 20:22 TOI

Despite losing twice in this game, the Danes won it with an overtime goal scored by Morten Green. Oliver Lauridsen,, paired with Jespen Jensen, played more than twenty minutes.

Canada-Norway 7-1

Giroux 1+1, 52.94 % FO, 16:12 TOI, +2

Read 0+0, 100 % FO, 13:05 TOI, -1

Simmonds 0+0, 12:17 TOI, -1

Schenn 0+0, 18:32 TOI

After the loss to Switzerland, Canada came back in a big way, manhandling the Norwegians 7-1. The Canadians were leading 4-0 after the first. Taylor Hall scored twice, while Steven Stamkos scored once and recorded four points. Claude Giroux recorded two points for one goal  on a power play and one assist on Stamkos‘ goal.

Russia-USA 5-3

Bryzgalov 22/19

Carle 0+0, 19:10 TOI, +1

In what was likely yesterday’s best game, Russia faced off against Team USA. The Russians scored early in the first, but with two goals from Paul Stastny, the US national team came back. Ilya Kovalchuk tied the game at two just 36 seconds after Stastny’s second.

Ilya Bryzgalov didn’t show his best, especially  with the first goal scored against him. As Slava Malamud stated, he may have played himself out of the Olympics in Sochi. The second and third goals were deflections, but Bryz could have had at least one of them if he’d stood tall just a bit longer.