2013 IIHF World Championship – Group battle ends

5/12/2013

USA-Germany 3-0

Carle 0+0, 18:33 TOI

Noebels 0+0, 13:18 TOI

The Americans won easily against Germany. They got off to an early lead with two goals scored by Butler and Stastny. Gionta added the last one in the third stanza. Gibson made 30 saves and earned his first shutout after letting only one goal against Finland.

Canada-Czech Republic 2-1

Giroux 0+0, 17:46 TOI, 72.73% FO

Read 0+0, 13:33 TOI, -1

Schenn 0+0, 7:55 TOI, 25 PIM

Simmonds 1+0, 14:08 TOI, -1

Voracek 0+0, 17:25 TOI, 2 PIM, -1

The Czech team lost the last game before playing the crucial battle against Norway. Team Canada led the game after Eric Staal buried it behind Ondrej Pavelec. It’s very possible that Wayne Simmonds redirected the puck from his favorite spot in front of the crease. Petr Koukal tied it at the end of the first but Jeff Skinner won it with the go-ahead goal in the third period.

Both goalies showed strong performances and they had a lot of work from the very beginning. Smith stopped Tomas Hertl in the second minute and Pavelec made a couple of saves against the Canadian first line led by Giroux with Stamkos and Ladd.

Luke Schenn got a 5-minute major for checking from behind/boarding against Zbynek Irgl. Although I think that the hit was bad it wasn’t dirty at all and worth a game misconduct.

Here’s a gif of that situation: http://imgflip.com/i/1i2wr

Russia-Slovakia 3-1

Bryzgalov 23 SV, 1 GA

Radivojevic 1+0, 14:01 TOI, +1

After two losses the Russians came back and gained a victory over Slovakia. Ilya Bryzgalov made a couple of quick saves in the first period on Olvecky and Surovy.

“It wasn’t easy in the first twenty minutes. We were nervous a little bit and they played very well on counter attacks so when we lost the puck in the neutral zone, they created a few good opportunities” reminded Kovalchuk. “Our goalie played excellent today and he was our best player by far,” adder a New Jersey Devil.

Norway-Switzerland 1-3

Thoresen 0+0, 17:05 TOI 10 PIM, -1

Tollefsen 1+0, 29:39 TOI, -1

Team Norway lost their crucial game against Switzerland and made it difficult for themselves to advance to the quarterfinals. They have to defeat the Czechs to make the playoffs.

5/13/2013

Latvia-France 3-1

Denmark-Belarus 3-2

Lauridsen 0+0, 20:30 TOI, 2 PIM, +1

After winning against Belarus team Denmark saved itself from falling to the World Championship B.

Austria-Russia 4-8

Austria was trailing by two but made a comeback and tied the game at 4. But then the Austrians fell apart and the Russians scored four unaswered goals to win that game.

Bryzgalov – healthy scratch

Canada-Slovenia 4-3 OT

Giroux 0+1, 18:56 TOI, 42.86% FO, +1

Read 0+0, 15:58 TIO

Schenn – did not play because of one-game suspension

Simmonds 0+0, 18:12 TOI

After learning that they’re out of World Championship for the next year, the Slovenians showed some relentless work and played an equal game for at least 40 minutes against Canada. They played a tied game after 60 minutes but then Stamkos put the game-winning goal behind Luka Gracnar, a 19-year-old goalie from HC RedBull Salzburg. Devan Dubnyk had a bad day letting 3 easy goals in. Giroux recorded and assist on Stamkos’ first goal.

5/14/2013

Slovakia-USA 4-1

Radivojevic 1+0, 15:38 TOI, +1

Carle 0+1, 19:32 TOI

The Slovaks prepared s big surprise for team USA which lost by a three-goal margin. USA started very slowly and Slovakia earned an early two-goal lead after two big mistakes made by Ben Bishop. Then they controlled the game and the Americans were unable to get back on track and do something to win the game.

Belarus-Switzerland 1-4

Team Switzerland hasn’t lost a single match on the tournament and they are going to face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals after beating Belarus 4-1.

France-Germany 2-3 OT

Noebels – healthy scratch

Czech Republic-Norway 7-0

The Czech Republic finally found their chemistry after adding Tomas Plekanec and Marek Zidlicky. Both made an inital impact, especially Plekanec who led team in points (0+3) in the game. His line with Jiri Tlusty and Tomas Fleischmann scored the first three goals of the game and saved the Czechs from being eliminated for the first time since 1993.

Hubacek 0+2, 13:26 TOI, +2

Voracek 0+1, 15:06 TOI, +1

Thoresen 0+0, 18:30 TOI, -2

Tollefsen 0+0, 21:04 TOI, -4

Latvia-Finland 2-3 OT

Finland won their final game against Latvia in overtime and they are going to the quarterfinals from the first place in Group B facing Slovakia as their opponent in the playoffs.

Vaananen 0+0, 15:28 TOI

Kukkonen 0+0, 7:56 TOI, -1

Denmark-Sweden 2-4

Gustafsson 0+0, 20:33 TOI

Each of Sedin twins scored a goal in the final game of group matchups. Erik Gustafsson played around 20 minutes and 29 shifts.

Playoff matchups:

Group A (Stockholm)

Switzerland-Czech Republic

Canada-Sweden

Group B (Helsinki)

Russia-USA

Finland-Slovakia