2013 IIHF World Championship – Quarterfinals – USA manhandles Russia, Canada is heading home

5/16/2013

Finland-Slovakia 4-3

Vaananen 1+0, 14:40 TOI

Kukkonen 0+0, 9:06 TOI

Radivojevic 0+1, 15:59 TOI

Slovakia’s struggles against Finland continue. Despite being down by three, the Slovaks found a way to tie the game. Juhamatti Aaltonen had the go-ahead goal, which ultimately was the game-winning one. Team Slovakia had some chances throughout the game but were unable to capitalize on any of them. Finland survived the final power play and they will face Sweden on Saturday.

Russia-USA 3-8

Bryzgalov 20 SA, 16 SV, 38:12

Carle 0+0, 19:19 TOI, +2

The most entertaining game of the day took place in Helsinki between team Russia and team USA. Paul Stastny scored first with what eventually became a one-sided show by the Americans. It’s the biggest loss for Russia (or even for the former Soviet Union) in their national team’s history. The Czechoslovak national team beat the USSR 7-2 in Helsinki in 1974 and Canada won over Russia 7-3 in Vancouver in 2010. The Russians have missed the semifinals for the first time since 2006.

Craig Smith recorded a game high five assists and the Captain Paul Stastny added two goals and two assists. The game was up and down for the first forty minutes. Stastny grabbed the puck from Kuznetsov, Smith passed it to Galchenyuk who made a deke on Bryzgalov to put the US up by three goals. Bryzgalov went to the bench but Varlamov wasn’t any better and allowed four more goals. This has been the first semifinals for the USA since 2009.

Czech Republic-Switzerland 1-2

Voracek 0+1, 18:33 TOI

Hubacek 0+0, 10:13 TOI, 2 PIM

After beating Norway 7-0 the Czech offensive woes continued against Switzerland. The team from the heart of Europe wasn’t able to score more than one goal in the do-or-die game. On the other hand, Switzerland perfectly executed their system yet again and extended their winning streak to eight. They will face the USA in the semifinals on Saturday.

Sweden-Canada

Gustaffson 0+0, 33:27 TOI

Giroux 1+0, 23:41 TOI, 56.25 FO%, 2 PIMs

Read 0+0, 11:42 TOI

Simmonds 0+0, 11:21 TOI

Schenn 0+0 11:22 TOI

In the last quarterfinals game, Sweden sent Canada back home after winning in a shootout. Steven Stamkos scored the game opening goal in the first and it looked like another defense-first matchup between two contenders.

Luckily Danielsson put Swedes on a board during the powerplay which wasn’t working for Sweden lately. Then the same player scored another power play goal just four minutes after the first. Claude Giroux was in a sin bin for cross-checking but he scored an equalizer one minute later.

The game wasn’t decided in the overtime so both teams headed into a shootout. Giroux didn’t score and Loui Eriksson buried the first. Eberle tied it in the next round. The game was still tied after three rounds and the Swedish coach surprised everyone with playing Petterson who scored a goal with a hard slap shot and sent Swedes to the semifinals where they will face their biggest rival – Finland.

Erik Gustafsson logged 33:27 minutes and played 61 shifts. Luke Schenn’s time was diminished mostly because of the presence of PK Subban. But still Luke played a very good game.