Nope, sorry, no Seth Meyers here, just me talking about the Quidditch World Cup of hockey, basically, and the big weekend for the five teams featuring players we like.
‘murricawatch: Because we tote blue passports
America pulled off a huge upset, defeating Finland on their home ice 5-0. Max Pacioretty put America on the boards near the end of the first period with an unassisted tally that was all the red white and blue needed for a lead going into the intermission. Kyle Palmieri extended America’s lead in the second, Justin Faulk built on it (with a Pacioretty assist), then Chris Butler and Bobby Ryan finished off the home team in the third. Sad to say, though, that Kari Lehtonen was injured during this game and is out for the foreseeable future. The IIHF version of a Shanaban was handed down to Finland’s Anssi Salmela for boarding Alex Goligoski: he got five minutes and a misconduct for it in game, plus a three-game suspension to follow.
Happier notes: Pacioretty is proving himself absolutely clutch for the Americans–his ten points in six games is third in the entire tournament for scoring.
Going into the last game of the preliminary round, America is in third place in Group H with 13 points.
Other games with folks in them that we like
Canada took down Kazakhstan 8-0 with Devan Dubnyk in net. Dion Phaneuf, Corey Perry, Alexandre Burrows, Evander Kane, John Tavares, Teddy Purcell and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins all scored–Phaneuf twice–to pile on the victory. Duncan Keith put together three assists. Patrick Sharp helped out once too. Jordan Eberle assisted on Burrows’ and Tavares’ goals. Canada scored shorthanded, on the power play and five times in the third period, including four goals in about four minutes. Um…wow?
The Czech Republic was shut out 2-0 by Russia. Evgeni Malkin provided one of the goals, adding onto the opening goal scored before a full minute of the game had elapsed. He just came off a hat trick against Sweden, but this time he just needed one. David Krejci didn’t do so well in this game–obviously, scoreboard–because he won just 45 percent of his faceoffs when usually he’s pretty good at the dots for the Czechs.
Slovakia beat Belarus 1-0 in an extremely tight game. Tomas Tatar got the lone goal and I’m sure Zdeno Chara is happy to see his team do so well after stumbling right out of the gate.
Sweden downed Italy 4-0. Marcus Kruger got one of the goals, but the rest of the offense was provided by members of the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche. Literally, everyone on the scoresheet for this game is an NHL player.
Whoa. That’s weird–all four of those games were shutouts. In fact, out of four games on May 13 (Canada played on the 12th), three ended in shutouts. Then you have Norway beating Germany 12-4. C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!!
Next up for our teams
USA: Switzerland, May 15. Switzerland doesn’t stand much of a chance of making the next round, so this game will be more about the Americans trying to get more points and hold on to their spot.
Canada: Belarus, May 15. Belarus is also probably not gonna make it to the second round.
Czech Republic: Germany, May 15. At this point Germany is on the outside looking in too, really.
Slovakia: France, May 15. France is really making a bid to earn the last of four spots in the semifinals–they’re in fifth right now and Slovakia is right ahead of them.
Sweden: Latvia, May 15. Latvia has been officially eliminated from the quarterfinal chances.
This tournament has been such a blast so far. It’s like the Quidditch World Cup, except real and without Death Eater attacks.