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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 4:03 PM
Finland 3, USA 2

Jesse Joensuu scored his second goal of the night with nine seconds remaining in the game as Finland beat Team USA 3-2 to advance to the semi-final against Russia on Saturday afternoon (14:30).

Cheered on by the home crowd, Finland rallied back from 2-1. Jesse Joensuu scored his second of the night off a nice feed from Petri Kontiola from behind the net, to win the game for Finland, 3-2, with just 8.8 seconds remaining in the game.

Petri Vehanen made 24 saves for Finland.

"I've watched the World Championships on TV for 18 years, and to be here now is fantastic, but I try to not think about it too much, and just focus on my work here," said Joensuu whose first goal in the game was also his first in the national team.

"When we were down by a goal in the third period, I top line came through. It looked like no other line couldn't score, so fortunately they did," Joensuu said.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 9:24 AM

SLOVAKIA 4, CANADA 3

Michal Handzus tipped in a shot with 2:32 to play in regulation as Slovakia eliminated Canada with a 4-3 quarter-final victory at the World Hockey Championship.

The goal came just five seconds after Canadian captain Ryan Getzlaf was given a five-minute major for kneeing Juraj Mikus.

Tomas Kopecky, Miroslav Satan and Milan Bartovic also scored for Slovakia. Evander Kane, Jeff Skinner and Alex Burrows replied for Canada, which had fought back from an early 2-0 deficit to lead it 3-2 heading into the third period.

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WATCH: Game Highlights
Canada fought back from a 2-0 deficit but could not hold on to a 3-2 lead in the third period
WATCH: Game Analysis
TSN's Bob Errey looks at what led to Canada's shocking loss to Slovakia including Ryan Getzlaf's late penalty.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 3:45 PM

USA 5, SWITZERLAND 2

Paul Stastny had a goal and two assists to lead the United States to a 5-2 win over Switzerland. Team USA finished the preliminary round with a 4-2-0-1 record, good for second place in Group A.


The result sets up a quarter-finals showdown between the US and Finland on Thursday. The game will be a re-match of a lop-sided 5-0 American win over the hosts a few days ago in the round robin.


"We've played well all through the tournament," said Stastny, "and the last couple of games we've played better and better. This quarter-final game is almost more important
than anything because after that anybody can win a medal."

Canada will face Slovakia in the other quarter-final in Helsinki and play the early game. Switzerland finishes in sixth place and goes home now after posting a disappointing record of 2-0-0-5.


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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 10:03 AM

NORWAY 6, DENMARK 2


Denmark concluded its 2012 World Championship schedule with a 6-2 loss to rival Norway on Tuesday in Stockholm.

Coming into the game Norway had already earned a quarter-final spot while Denmark had avoided relegation.

Norway took control over the game in the second period with five unanswered goals that deflated Denmark

A frustrated Denmark lost its collective cool in the final period, as the game was further out of reach.

Frans Nielsen was assessed two roughing penalties in the game. He finished the tournament with three assists and eight penalty minutes in seven games and was named one of Denmark’s three top players for the tournament.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 9:10 AM

CANADA 5, BELARUS 1

Ryan O’Reilly scored twice to lead the way as Canada locked up the top spot in the Helsinki Group at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship with a 5-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday.

the No. 1 seed ensures it can't face the powerhouse Russians until at least the final - good news given that Russia has knocked Canada out of the tournament the last four years.

Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for Canada (6-0-1).

John Tavares recorded an assist on Nugent-Hopkins' goal in the second period. Tavares then immediatley took a double-minor for roughing, coming to the aid of Nugent-Hopkins in a skirmish after the goal.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.14.2012 / 4:32 PM

DENMARK 2, LATVIA 0

Denmark dashed Latvia’s slim hopes for playoff qualification today with a 2-0 win at the Globe Arena. With the win, Norway now qualifies for the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Morten Green and Morten Madsen’s second period goals helped Denmark to its first win of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Denmark now finally moves out of eighth place with a chance to avoid relegation.

Frans Nielsen leads Denmark with three assists in six games. The Dutch close out their 2012 IIHF Wolrd Championship Tournament schedule Tuesday morning against Norway.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.14.2012 / 4:00 PM


TSN's John Lu explains how John Tavares' standout play at the World Championship is raising his stock for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.14.2012 / 11:07 AM

By Chris Johnston

There might be only one person who is a more passionate supporter of Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship than John Tavares.

His mom, Barb.

The tournament has turned into an annual event for the family, with John currently starring on the ice for a third straight year and his parents back among the entourage of Canadian friends and family offering support. It’s an event none of them would miss — at least as long as John’s New York Islanders aren’t part of the NHL playoffs.

“Any time there’s anything for Hockey Canada you’re certain to see my face,” Barb Tavares said Sunday before the group gathered for a Mother’s Day brunch.

She is the epitome of a committed hockey mom.

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.14.2012 / 9:39 AM

SLOVAKIA 1, SWITZERLAND 0

Tomas Tatar's goal at 18:13 of the first period stood up as the only score of the game, giving Slovakia a critical 1-0 win over Switzerland Sunday in Helsinki. Goalie Jan Laco stopped all 21 shots to record the shutout.

The win inched Slovakia closer to a quarter-finals appearance while the loss eliminated Switzerland from that possibility.

"It was a tough game and a very frustrating loss," said Nino Niederreiter, one of the young Swiss stars who is being looked to as the future of the team. "We threw a lot of pucks on their net but obviously not enough. We needed to have more net presence."

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POSTED ON Monday, 05.14.2012 / 9:12 AM

USA 5, FINLAND 0

Five different players scored and Jimmy Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./Detroit Red Wings/University of Maine) made 18 saves, as the U.S. Men's National Team blanked defending champion and tournament co-host Finland, 5-0, in preliminary-round play this afternoon at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship at Hartwall Arena.

Team USA won for the fifth time in six games and has secured a spot in the tournament quarterfinals for the eighth time in the last nine years, regardless of the outcome of its final preliminary-round game Tuesday (May 15) against Switzerland.

Max Pacioretty scored the only goal of the first period with just 3:41 remaining, as he battled in front of the crease and was able to put a bouncing puck past Finland netminder Kari Lehtonen.

The U.S. scored two goals in the final five minutes of the second period and led 3-0 after 40 minutes. Kyle Palmieri drove to the net and banged home a rebound for his first goal of the tournament at 15:33, before Justin Faulk scored his fourth goal of the tournament off a power-play blast from the left circle at 17:56.

Team USA tacked on two more goals in the third period to secure the victory. First, Chris Butler recorded his first goal of the tournament with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 2:12. Bobby Ryan scored the final goal of the game at 4:08 with a shot in tight that found its way into the back of the net.

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USA Shuts Out Finland
Watch Highlights from Team USA's 5-0 victory over Finland on Saturday in Helsinki

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STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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