Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dispatches from the World Championships

While North America's professional players continue on in their quest for the Stanley Cup, across the Atlantic in Slovakia the other championship of note for the Spring is taking place.

The 2011 IIHF World Championships continue on through until the Gold Medal game on May 15th, as sixteen teams work their way through the elimination rounds and on towards the sudden death finals.

Below items of note we have discovered on the championships, with particular dedication towards the efforts of Team Canada and Team USA.

The full review of the tournament can be found on our HockeyNation anchor page here.

May 14-- Putin promises firs-class worlds
May 14-- Finland, Sweden eye world hockey gold
May 14-- Time for no-shows to step up for nation
May 14-- Russian coach says Finland deserved victory in semifinals
May 13-- A player by player look at Canada at the IHHF World Hockey Championship
May 13-- Nicholson: Two years without medal at hockey world's totally unacceptable
May 13-- Canada makes another early exit at world Championship with 2-1 loss to Russia
May 13-- Hitchcock hoping for NHL coaching job
May 12-- Canada knocked off podium
May 12-- Canadians can't hold off Russian push
May 12-- Russia rallies to eliminate Canada at hockey worlds
May 12-- Finland blitz Norway to reach world semis 
May 12-- Canada turns to 'calm' Bernier
May 11-- Russians to crank up intensity: Hitchcock
May 11-- Familiar Foes
May 8-- With Canada and Sweden, it's heart vs. skill
May 8-- Dubnyk will be wary if Canada calls again
May 8-- Jonathon Bernier gets next start for Canada at worlds
May 8-- Team Canada remains fresh at World Hockey Championship
May 8-- Danish team robbed of computers, iPads, iPods at world hockey event
May 7-- Canada hangs on to beat Norway at worlds
May 7-- Canada edges Norway at Hockey worlds
May 7-- United States advances to quarter finals
May 6-- Canada rallies to top U. S. in shoot out
May 6-- Canada needs shootout to beat U. S. at hockey worlds
May 6-- Eberle, Nash rescue Canada in shootout against U. S.
May 5-- Canadian players thinking about keeping visors after world championship
May 5-- Jeff Skinner's breakthrough season continues at hockey worlds
May 4-- Mature Phaneuf impresses Team Canada brass at worlds
May 4-- Phaneuf leaving his mark on the world
May 4-- Phaneuf making presence felt at hockey worlds
May 4-- James Reimer expected to continue heavy workload
May 3-- Phaneuf's thunderous hit doesn't miss Swiss forward
May 3-- Canada needs overtime to beat Swiss at world hockey championship
May 3-- Canadians need OT to beat Swiss
May 2-- History has Switzerland believing it might beat Canada at worlds
May 2-- U. S. rallies to beat Norway at hockey worlds
May 1-- Canada demolishes France at hockey worlds
May 1-- Canada has no trouble with France second time around
May 1-- Canada crushes France 9-1 at hockey worlds
May 1-- Spezza brings 'real maturity' to worlds
April 30-- Stewart skates into big role for Canada at hockey worlds
April 30-- U. S. cruises to 5-1 over Austria, Finland beats Denmark 5-1 at hockey worlds
April 30-- U. S. and Finland begin worlds with easy wins
April 30-- Youngsters lead Canada over Belarus
April 29-- Germany shocks Russia

2011 IIHF World Championships

The 2011 IIHF World Championships are underway in Slovakia, below we provide up to date scores and summaries of the games thus far, heading up to the Gold Medal Game on Sunday, May 15th.

All of Team Canada's game and selected other games including the USA's can be seen on TSN.

Schedule for the 2011 Championships

News items from the 2011 World Championships

Championship Round

Sunday, May 14 (Gold Medal) Sweden 1 vs Finland 6 Finland wins the Gold Medal
Sunday, May 14--(Bronze Medal) Russia 4 vs  Czech Republic 7 

Semi Finals

Friday, May 13-- Sweden 5 vs Czech Republic 2 (Czech Republic plays for bronze)
Friday, May 13-- Russia 0 vs Finland 3 (Russia plays for bronze)

Quarter finals

Thursday, May 12-- Finland 4 vs Norway 1 (norway eliminated)
Thursday, May 12-- Canada 1vs Russia  2 (Canada eliminated)

Wednesday, May 11-- Czech Republic 4 vs USA 0  (USA eliminated)
Wednesday-May 11-- Sweden 5 vs Germany 2 (Germany eliminated)

Qualification Round

Monday, May 9-- Canada 3 vs Sweden 2
Monday, May 9-- Slovakia 4 vs Denmark 1
Monday, May 9-- France 2 vs Norway 5
Monday, May 9-- Russia 2 vs Finland 3 (shoot out)
Monday, May 9-- Switzerland 5 vs USA 3
Monday, May 9-- Germany 2 vs Czech Republic 5
Sunday, May 8-- Latvia 4 vs Austria 1
Sunday, May 8-- Slovenia 1 vs Belarus 7
Saturday, May 7-- USA  3 vs France 2
Saturday, May 7-- Finland 2 vs Slovakia 1
Saturday, May 7-- Austria 3 vs Slovenia 2
Saturday, May 7-- Latvia 6 vs Belarus
Saturday, May 7-- Norway2  vs Canada 3 
Saturday, May 7-- Denmark 4 vs Germany 3 (shoot out)
Friday, May 6-- Canada 4 vs USA 3 (shoot out) 
Friday, May 6-- Germany 4 vs Finland 5 (shoot out)
Friday, May 6-- Czech Republic  3 vs Slovakia 2
Friday, May 6-- Sweden 4 vs France 0
Thursday, May 5-- Russia 4 vs Denmark 3
Thursday, May 5-- Switzerland 2 vs Norway 3
Thursday, May 5-- Slovenia 5  vs Latvia 2
Thursday, May 5-- Belarus 7 vs Austria 2

Preliminary Round

Wednesday, May 4--  Denmark 3 vs Latvia 2 (1 OT)
Wednesday, May 4-- Austria 0 vs Norway 5
Wednesday, May 4-- Finland 1 vs Czech Republic 2
Wednesday, May 4-- Sweden 6 vs USA 2
Tuesday, May 3-- France 2 vs Belarus 1 (1 OT)
Tuesday, May 3-- Russia 4 vs Slovakia 3
Tuesday, May 3-- Canada 4  vs Switzerland 3 (1 OT) 
Tuesday, May 3-- Slovenia 2 vs Germany 3 (1OT)
Monday, May 2-- Sweden 3 vs Austria 0
Monday, May 2-- Latvia 2 vs Finland 3
Monday, May 2-- USA 4 vs Norway 2
Monday, May 2-- Czech Republic 6 vs  Denmark 0
Sunday, May 1-- Russia  6 vs Slovenia 4
Sunday, May 1--- Canada 9 vs France 1
Sunday, May 1-- Slovakia 0 vs Germany 3
Sunday, May 1-- Switzerland  4 vs Belarus 1
Saturday, April 30-- Norway 5 vs Sweden 4
Saturday, April 30-- Czech Republic 4 vs  Latvia 2
Saturday, April 30-- USA 5 vs Austria 1
Saturday, April 30-- Finland 5 vs Denmark 1
Friday April 29-- Germany 2 -- Russia 0
Friday April 29-- Switzerland 1 -- France 0
Friday April 29-- Slovakia 3 -- Slovenia 1
Friday April 29-- Canada 4 -- Belarus 1

Shinny time in Slovakia

The 2011 IIHF World Championships are underway in Slovakia, homeland of Zdeno Chara, who of course is rather busy these days and can't make it home for the celebration.

Sixteen hockey playing nations (some of them still trying to develop the nuances of the game) will compete for the chance to shake hands with Rene Fasel and claim Champion of the World status from the IIHF for the next 365 days.

Canada once again sends an amalgam of players to compete for national honour, a roster bolstered by players from NHL teams that managed not to make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, a consolation prize of sorts for those that were allowed, or chose, to make the trek to Europe.

Below we'll follow the path of the tournament from the opening day results to the final championship.

IIHF World Championships Home page  

IIHF World Championship Results Updates

2011 IIHF World Championships Schedule and Results

TSN World Championships page

2011 IIHF World Championships News and Features

Thursday, April 28, 2011

NHL Playoffs 2011 Round Two: Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins

On to the second round of the playoffs and the epic battles to come between the Capitals and the Lightning.

As in the first round, we will offer up results, summaries and items of note for this match up from the Eastern Division.

Boston wins the series 4 games to 0

Saturday, April 30-- Boston 7 at Philadelphia 3  
Wednesday, May 4--   Philadelphia 1 at Boston 5 
Friday, May 6--  Philadelphia 1 at Boston  5

Game Four, May 6

Boston Globe-- The Avengers
Boston Globe-- Bruins shed Flyers - and a burden
Boston Globe-- Welcome surge on power play
Boston Globe-- Lucic reacquainted with net
Boston Globe-- Boychuk shot a slap to face
Boston Globe-- Trading places not a fun swap
Boston Globe-- Source: Patrice Bergeron has concussion
Boston Globe-- No collapse as Bruins sweep Flyers with 5-1 win
Boston Herald-- Bruins get back at Flyers
Boston Herald-- Milan Lucic flying high again
Boston Herald-- Concern for Patrice Bergeron injury
Boston Herald-- Johnny Boychuk boomer
Boston Herald-- Hub's hot for hockey once again
Boston Herald-- Bruins' play impresses Linseman
Boston Herald-- B's sweep Philly
Philadelphia Daily News-- Flyers now face numerous questions
Philadelphia Daily News-- Goalie issues aside, Flyers needed goals more
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Goalies not the only reason for Flyers playoff demise
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Swept Away
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Everything went wrong for Flyers
Globe and Mail-- Bruins sweep away Flyers

Pre game information

Boston Globe-- Now it's time to finish this unfinished business
Boston Globe-- Decision made to sit McQuaid
Boston Herald-- After last year, it's closing time for Bruins
Boston Herald-- Nathan Horton proves self in playoffs
Boston Herald-- Tim Thomas loves to make history in OT
Boston Herald-- Flyers reminding Bruins of last year
Boston Herald-- It's deja vu for Bruins
Boston Herald-- No avoiding comparison
Boston Herald-- Flyers need to win 4 straight again against Bruins
Philadelphia Daily News-- A little irony in performance of Bruins goalie Thomas
Philadelphia Daily News-- For the Flyers, this year's deficit to Bruins nothing like last season
Philadelphia Inquirer-- This Flyers team not ready to repeat history

Globe and Mail-- Bruins need one more win to clinch

Game Three, May 4

Boston Globe-- Triple Decker
Boston Globe-- Are the Bruins better than people thought?
Boston Globe-- Quick start brought the house down
Boston Globe-- Praising Zdeno Chara
Boston Herald-- Captain Zdeno Chara anchors Bruins' win
Boston Herald-- Patrice Bergeron draws attention to faceoffs
Boston Herald-- Trade trio picks up
Boston Herald--  Power play breaks out of 0-30 slide
Boston Herald-- No support for Boucher
Philadelphia Daily News-- Flyers one loss from being extinguished by Bruins
Philadelphia Daily News-- Flyer find themselves in a hole lot of trouble
Philadelphia Daily News-- Bruins crush Flyers, 6-1
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers manhandled by Bruins

Pre-game information

Philadelphia  Daily News-- Flyers coach Laviolette opens up the head games
Philadelphia Daily News-- Can the Flyers come back?
Philadelphia Daily News-- Flyers need a thief in goal in Boston 
Philadelphia Daily News-- All Flyers' Richards can do is keep shooting
Philadelphia Daily News-- Philly teams comfortable on the brink of victory
Philadelphia Daily News-- Now Flyers take their act on the road
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Law of averages is on Flyers' side
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Injury updates and a Game 7 mentality
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers' Laviolette says pressure is on the Bruins
Boston Herald-- No time for a letdown
Boston Herald-- Bruins at home on the road
Boston Herald-- Dennis Seidenberg makes up for lost time
Boston Herald-- Shane Hnidy at ready on blue line
Boston Globe-- Overtime has really paid off
Boston Globe-- Bruins look poised, Celtics not so much
Boston Globe-- How important is the Bruins first line?
Boston Globe-- McQuaid injury may force shift
Boston Globe-- No quit in Flyers veteran O'Donnell
Boston Globe-- Destiny unbound
Boston Globe-- Standing tall, sitting pretty

Game Two, May 2

Globe and Mail--  Krejci gives Bruins 2-0 lead
National Post-- Goalie, luck help Brins go 4-0 in OT in playoffs
National Post-- Hart stirs Flyers' crowd with "God Bless America"
Philadelphia Daily News-- No explanation for Pronger's absence from Game 2
Boston Herald-- Tim Thomas, B's steal one
Boston Herald-- It's not about the cage
Boston Herald-- Save by Tim Thomas!
Boston Herald-- Sean O'Donnel recalls '03--4 Bruins being tested
Boston Herald-- Rask reserves right to have fun as backup
Boston Herald-- Minus McQuaid, defense won't fold under pressure
Boston Herald-- David Krejci's OT goal gives Bruins 2-0 lead over Flyers
Boston Globe-- Goaltender played role of leading man

Pre-game information

Boston Globe-- Bruins get off to a flying start
Boston Globe-- Boxed in by power play
Boston Globe-- Bracing themselves
Boston Herald-- Milan Lucic building up steam
Boston Herald-- Expect Philly to fight back
Boston Herald-- Claude Julien senses power improvement
Boston Herald-- Zdeno Chara set for storm
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers take long look at what went wrong in Game 1 against Bruins
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Briere wary of Chara's high stick
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers need to match Bruins' hunger
Philadelphia Daily News-- How long can Flyers' continue spin in goal?
Philadelphia Daily News -- Mount Laviolette not yet ready to blow
Philadelphia Daily News-- Will the desperation well ever run dry for the Flyers?
Globe and Mail-- Thomas a difference-maker in net for Bruins

Game One, April 29

Philadelphia Inquirer-- One ugly flyer loss
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers' Boucher takes exit from game in stride
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Defense lacking from all corners
Philadelphia Inquirer-- Flyers routed by Bruins in opener
Philadelphia Daily News-- Boosh or Bob? Too sloppy to decide
Boston Globe-- Bruins pound Flyers 7-3 in Game 1 of East semis
Boston Herald-- Bruins answer bell
Boston Herald-- Brad Marchand pots pair, stirs pot
Boston Herald-- David Krejci proves a pivotal performer
Boston Herald-- Dennis Seidenberg in a pinch
Boston Herald-- Powerplay's not that special
Boston Herald-- Gregory Campbell, killers quite deadly
Boston Herald-- Flyers' Brian Boucher has a tough Saturday
Boston Herald-- Flyers come up lame in Game 1
Boston Herald-- Bruins blow away Flyers
Globe and Mail-- Bruins pound Flyers in series opener
Pre-game Information

Philadelphia Daily News-- Van Riemsdyk seems to be reaching primo level

A review of all the round two series action can be found here.

NHL Playoffs 2011 Round Two: Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning

On to the second round of the playoffs and the epic battles to come between the Capitals and the Lightning.

As in the first round, we will offer up results, summaries and items of note for this match up from the Eastern Division.

Tampa Bay wins the series 4 games to 0

Friday, April 29-- Tampa Bay 4 at Washington 2
Tuesday, May 3--  Washington 3  at Tampa Bay 4  
Wednesday, May 4--  Washington 3 at Tampa Bay  5 

Game 4, May 4

National Post-- Questions abound as Capitals swept away
Globe and Mail-- Capitals owners writes fans will "demand change"
Globe and Mail-- Lightning sweep Capitals
Globe and Mail-- Boudreau shouldn't take the fall in Washington
Toronto Star-- Lightning sweep into Eastern Conference final
CBC-- Coaching wasn't Capitals downfall
TSN-- Who could pay the price for the Capitals loss?
ESPN-- Capital's blame game?
ESPN-- Only thing left to say: What a waste
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington Capitals 5-3 to sweep ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's Sean Bergenheim has a new role: hero
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's Marc-andre Bergeron ends slump with a blast
Tampa Washington Capitals, out of the playoffs again, ponder their fate and future
Washington Post-- Capitals ousted from playoffs again, face questions about future
Washington Post-- After another playoff collapse, the Capitals must make changes
Washington Post-- Capitals are swept by Lightning in second round
Washington Times-- Caps search for answers in wake of sweep
Washington Times-- Capitals swept away by Lightning
Washington Times-- Capitals were on thin nice throughout the series

Pre game information

Globe and Mail-- Boudreau shouldn't take the fall in Washington
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning living dangerously with penalties
Tampa Just consider the possibilities for red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's thoughts with assistant coach Wayne Fleming...

Game 3, May 3

Globe and Mail-- Lightning strikes thrice
National Post-- Capitals on verge of total collapse
National Post-- Yzerman has produced a dangerous team
Toronto Star-- Lightning zap Caps in 24 second span to take control of series
Washington Post-- Lightning takes 3-0 series lead over Capitals
Washington Post-- Caps collapse in third period of Game 3 loss to Lightning
Washington Post-- Ovechkin says Caps dominated Game 3, will win
Washington Post-- Nuevirth's play uneven in Capitals' 4-3 loss to Lightning
Washington Times-- Lightning put Caps on brink of elimination with 4-3 victory in Game 3 
Washington Times-- History repeats for Capitals
Washington Times-- Caps coach doesn't believe Malone's goal should've counted
Tampa Just consider the possibilities for red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa  Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 3 ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's thoughts with assistant coach Wayne Fleming...
Tampa  Steven Stamkos shows star quality at best time for Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning living dangerously with penalties

Pre game notes

Globe and Mail-- Boudreau, Caps on hot seat in must-win Game 3
National Post-- The only way to play it safe
National Post-- Capitals' playoff history repeating itself
Washington Post-- Capitals can't learn any more lessons the hard way
Washington Post-- No room for complacency with 2-0 lead over favoured Capitals
Washington Times-- Regardless of fatigue, there's no rest for the weary
Washington Times-- Capitals seek burst with quick turnaround
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Wayne Fleming underling  surgery ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning LW Simon Gange wants to play Game 3
Tampa The bigger the stakes, the better the Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman...
Tampa GM Steve Yzerman has returned self-assurance to the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher not worried about his team ...
Tampa Monday provides much needed day off for Tampa Bay Lighting

Game 2, May 1

Globe and Mail-- Lightning shock Capitals in OT
National Post-- Lightning stun Capitals in overtime
Washington Post-- Lightning capitalizes in overtime of Game 2
Washington Post-- Two games in, Caps and Lightning may have a rivalry on our hands
Washington Post-- Lightning gets a lift against Capitals from veteran goalie ...
Washington Post-- Power Play struggles are costing Washington dearly
Washington Post-- Capitals bad line change leads to the Lightning's game-winning goal
Washington Times-- Powerless Caps fall in overtime, trail Lightning 2-0 in series
Washington Times-- Caps' season to be defined by 27 hours in Tampa
Washington Times-- Capitals done in by bad line change
Washington Times-- Resilient Lightning bounce back again
Washington Times-- Carlson, Knuble back for Washington
Tampa Bay. com-- Lightning gets a Roloson rescue
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington 3-2 in overtime...
Tampa Vinny Lecavalier a star once again
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's hustle sets up all three of its goals
Tampa 'Lucky' Simon Gagne sits but could play soon for Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Improvement of Tampa Bay Lightning defense hard to figure out

Pre game Information

Globe and Mail-- Caps' Boudreau preaching patience against Lightning
Washington Post-- Caps were undone by their poor power play in Game 1 loss...
Washington Times-- Frustration mounting on Backstrom as goal scoring woes continue
Washington Times-- Caps realize they need to be more patient in Game 2 against Lightning
Tampa Injured Simon, Gagne Pavel Kubina not expected to play ...
Tampa Improvement of Tampa Bay Lightning defines hard to figure out
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's third line a key to team's playoff success
Tampa Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau not happy his team reverted to ...

Tampa Teams view Jason Chimera's hit on Tampa Bay defensman ...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning release extra tickets for semifinal playoff series...
Toronto Star-- Bolts' ailing coach an inspiration
Toronto Star-- Lightning's Downie getting it done

Game One, April 29

Globe and Mail-- Bolts strike down Caps in Game 1
Globe and Mail-- Bolts' Gagne injured
National Post-- Lightning strike firriest against Capitals
Washington Post-- Capitals drop game 1 to Lightning, 4-2
Washington Post-- Fortune doesn't favor the Capitals
Washington Post-- Capitals drop Game 1 to Lightning, John Carlson misses ....
Washington Post-- Tampa Bay relies on its supporting cast in Game 1 win
Washington Times-- Caps stray from what worked and pay for it against Lightning
Washington Times-- Caps power play struggles haunt them in Game 1
Washington Times-- Gagne's injury a scary start to series
Washington Times-- Caps drop first game of second round with 4-2 loss to Lightning
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning beats Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 1...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning lose Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina to head injuries...
Tampa Tampa Bay Lightning's Simon Gagne alert after hitting head on ice

A review of all the round two series action can be found here.