IIHF World Championships

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KOSICE, Slovakia — Kaapo Kakko scored twice, including an empty-net goal with 34 seconds left, to lift Finland to a 3-1 win Friday over Canada in the opener for both teams at the men’s world hockey championship.

Arttu Ilomaki had a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Kevin Lankinen finished with 20 saves for the Finns.

Canada’s Jonathan Marchessault tied the game midway through the first period and Matt Murray stopped 24 shots. The Canadians opened the tournament a day after Hockey Canada and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to hold John Tavares out because of his oblique injury.

In another game, Evgeny Dadonov had two goals and Nikita Kucherov scored one to help Russia beat Norway 5-2.

The U.S. was scheduled to play Slovakia while Sweden faced the Czechs later Friday.
Finns beat Canada 3-1, Russia tops Norway at hockey worlds


It was basically Malkin who led the Russian team to victory in this game: Evgeni Malkin leads Russia past Norway in World Championships opener | TribLIVE.com

Ovechkin, meanwhile, watched most of it from the sidelines, pretty much, only went out on the ice in last moments of the match... Weird. Maybe they are saving him for when it really matters lol

More on the Canada-Finland game:
Finland vs. Canada results: Score, highlights from Canada's tournament-opening loss

Also, US went on to lose to Slovakia, 4-1: U.S. Men Fall to Slovakia, 4-1, in First Game of Men's Worlds
 

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Alexander Ovechkin’s scoring drought came to an end as Russia romped a record victory. Since the break-up of the USSR, the Russian national team had twice won by nine-goal margins (12-3 vs Great Britain in 1994, 10-1 against Italy in 2017) but this was the first time the post-Soviet Red Machine had achieved a 10-goal margin of victory in competitive play at World, Olympic or Euro Hockey Tour level. The final score of 10-0 was still some way short of the USSR's best, a 28-2 hammering of Italy in 1967.

Ovechkin’s long-awaited first goal was one obvious highlight. The Capitals legend got Russia’s fourth late in the first period, much to the joy of his fans in the Ondrej Nepela Arena. But there was much more to enjoy: the two Nikitas, Gusev and Kucherov, were on song once again, combining to create three of Russia’s goals. Alexander Barabanov’s pace was an on-going threat, while Yevgeni Kuznetsov had a fine all-round game as he posted 2+2.

After finding the net, Ovechkin also found himself pursued by the media scrum after the game. Although the Russian team was clearly eager to finish the evening's formalities as quickly as it disposed of the Italians, he shared a few thoughts.

"Of course, a win like this lifts our confidence," he said. "But mostly I felt a bit sorry for the Italians tonight. They battled hard, they are good guys, but the different skill levels was immediately apparent.

"Scoring my first goal is just like ticking a box. I've done it, we'll move on. What more can I say."

Italy’s first task was to survive the first few shifts and frustrate Russia. That lasted for just 31 seconds. The Kucherov-Gusev axis came to the ice for the first time and the Italian defence was so concerned about closing those two that it left Nikita Zaitsev with all the time he could ask for to step up to the right circle and fire into the open side of Andreas Bernard’s net.

The two Nikitas combined for Russia’s second goal, moving the puck around the Italian end and setting up Dinar Khafizullin as he stepped up from the blue line to shoot home from between the hash marks. 2-0 inside nine minutes and already the question was about how many Russia might score.

Italy last scored a top-level World Championship goal on 13 May 2017, early in a 1-4 loss to Germany. Since then it had gone without for 295 minutes ahead of this game – but it came close to finding the net midway through the first period. Marco Rosa got on the end of an odd-man rush and squeezed a shot behind Andrei Vasilevski but the angle was too tight and the puck slipped across the face of the net to safety. It was Italy’s best chance of the first period.

If the Italians are enduring a World Championship scoring drought, Ovechkin was having similar problems here in Bratislava. The Great 8’s failure to score in Russia’s first three games attracted plenty of discussion back home and it seemed to sum up his recent fortunes when his line grabbed Russia’s third without his contribution. Barabanov’s pace down the left had the Italian defence all over the place and the SKA forward went behind the net before picking out Kuznetsov to make it 3-0.

At last, though, Ovi’s moment arrived. Kuznetsov turned provider, swinging the puck along the diagonal for Ovechkin to smash home a one-timer from the left-hand dot. Bernard got a piece of it but couldn’t keep it out; the Italian goalie’s frustration was more visible than any relief on Ovechkin’s part.

Wave after wave of Russian offence crashed into the Italian net, but there was some relief for Italy in the final minute. Mikhail Sergachyov’s slap shot flew past Bernard but Gusev’s efforts to screen the goalie saw him take up a position on the paintwork; goalie interference, goal disallowed.

In the second period, Russia needed just 18 seconds to find the net. Again, it was a Capitals combination. Dmitri Orlov found Ovechkin, and he released Kuznetsov for a solo duel with Bernard. The goalie came off worst and was called to the bench to be replaced by Marco de Filippo.

The goals kept coming. Ilya Kovalchuk wired a wrister over Filippo’s glove. Dadonov went close to grabbing the goal of the game after stickhandling to the net follow some sublime build-up play. He did not wait much longer, though, scoring on the power play after another deadly link-up from Gusev and Kucherov. Even when short-handed, Russia was dangerous. Anisimov sat for tripping, Barabanov led a breakaway but seemed to have lost out when one trick too many against Alex Trivellato left both players stepping away from the puck. But Barabanov recovered possession and found Mikhail Grigorenko on the doorstep for a simple finish to make it 8-0 at the end of the second period.

The third period saw Kucherov add a goal to his earlier hat-trick of assists. A rather tired-looking Italian defence created little puck pressure and the Lightning forward was able to get a centre point shot past Filippo on the glove side. Within a minute Dadonov brought up double figures – and collected his sixth of the tournament – when he retrieved the puck from the skates of an Italian defenceman and put it in the net. That opened the record-breaking 10-goal margin for Russia, but it took the crossbar to keep that lead fully intact after Diego Kostner's shot evaded Vasilevski only to fly to safety off the piping.

The Russian goalie acknowledged that, after his heroics against the Czechs, facing Italy brought a very different kind of challenge. "For me, in some ways, this was a tough game," he said. "I didn't face many shots, I was getting cold out there, but I had to stay focussed because the Italians were getting some counter-attacks.

"In the end, I wasn't too worried if we allowed a goal at the end - ultimately, what difference does it make to win 10-0 or 10-1? The main thing is to win the game."

To their credit, the Italians kept battling to the end and launched several crowd-pleasing attempts on goal in the closing stages. However, there would be no consolation goal as Russia secured a third shutout in a row and improved to four wins from four. Italy remains at the foot of the Group B table with no points and no goals from four games. Upcoming encounters with Norway and Austria, also winless, will determine the outcome of the relegation battle.
IIHF - Russia enjoys record victory



More pics at the site.

Ouch! Poor Italy lmao

Any how, Russia is on a four game streak now.

Previously, they had 5-2 over Norway

5-0 over Austria

And 3-0 over Czechia

That last one, to be fair, was the only serious opponent they've faced, thus far. But, still, that too was a great performance, against the Czechs. :)

Canada, meanwhile, started, unfortunately, with a 3-1 loss to Finland

But rebounded with 6-5 over the hosting Slovaks (to many boos from the home crowd lol)

They play France tomorrow. I doubt it will be anywhere close lmao But, who knows...
 
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Mods - this thread is blatant trolling. :-(


All my favorite Canucks are playing for The US or Sweden.

Not sure what to cheer for here.
 

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Canada 5-2 on France:



IIHF - Game Centre 2019 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

I am especially pleasantly surprised by Germany.

They beat the host Slovaks 3-2 on the 15th
IIHF - Game Centre 2019 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

And Slovakia is a pretty strong team; they earlier trounced the US 4-1 on the 10th
IIHF - Game Centre 2019 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

And on the 13th, as mentioned in previous posts, Canada had to fight hard to overcome them at 6-5, see first post for recap video.

Yet the Germans, who have never been known as a big hockey power, I do believe, beat them, on their (Slovaks') own home soil, no less!

They also beat Britain 3-1 on the 11th, Denmark 2-1 on the 12th, and France 4-1 on the 14th.

More importantly, the Germans actually made it to the finals in the Olympics last year, only finally falling to the Russians in a hard battle, 4-3

They became Olympic Silver medalists!


Definitely a team with big potential, will keep an eye on them :)
 
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Canada 5-2 on France:



IIHF - Game Centre 2019 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

I am especially pleasantly surprised by Germany.

They beat the host Slovaks 3-2 on the 15th
IIHF - Game Centre 2019 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

And Slovakia is a pretty strong team; they earlier trounced the US 4-1 on the 10th
IIHF - Game Centre 2019 IIHF ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

And on the 13th, as mentioned in previous posts, Canada had to fight hard to overcome them at 6-5, see first post for recap video.

Yet the Germans, who have never been known as a big hockey power, I do believe, beat them, on their (Slovaks') own home soil, no less!

They also beat Britain 3-1 on the 11th, Denmark 2-1 on the 12th, and France 4-1 on the 14th.

More importantly, the Germans actually made it to the finals in the Olympics last year, only finally falling to the Russians in a hard battle, 4-3

They became Olympic Silver medalists!


Definitely a team with big potential, will keep an eye on them :)
Yeah the Germans are becoming a force to be reckoned with in a lot of sports. That Olympic team had no quit, and hopefully got a whole bunch of German kids to put on some skates.
 
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Canada won on Germany 8-1

Germany plays USA on 19th and Finland on 21st. Serious opponents, we shall see how they do.