The quarter finals for the IIHF World Championships began yesterday and unfortunately for many Caniacs, most of their favorite players were eliminated by the end of the night. Cam Ward, Jeff Skinner and Team Canada were up 3-2 entering the third period, but Slovakia was able to tie it up late in the third period and take the lead on a Ryan Getzlaf kneeing major. Skinner scored during a second period power play for team Canada and Cam Ward finished the game with 24 saves on 28 shots. Two of Slovakia’s goals were of the “lucky bounce” variety, as one goal bounced off of a players backside and another off of a players knee. Both Jeff Skinner and Cam Ward had pretty successful tournaments, despite being knocked out in the quarterfinal round. Jeff Skinner played 8 games, finished with 5 points (3G, 2A), 4 PIM, was a +3 and averaged 15:40 ice time. Cam Ward also played 8 games for Team Canada, registered an assist, had a 2.83GAA and .906 save percentage for the World Championships. It will be very interesting to see if both Ward and Skinner will be with Team Canada for the 2014 Olympic games (assuming the NHL participates).
Team USA had much more upsetting fate as they were scored on with just six seconds left by Jesse Joensuu of Team Finland to give the Finns the victory to head onto the semi-finals. After the game, Justin Faulk was named as one of the top 3 performers of Team USA. This was no surprise as Faulk was near tops of defensive scoring throughout the whole tournament. Justin Faulk played 8 games in the tournament, registering 8 points (4G, 4A), was a +9, had just 2 PIMs, and had 1 power play goal and a game winning goal. His average ice time was 20:13 per game. Patrick Dwyer also contributed greatly to Team USA’s penalty kill, as his only goal of the tournament came shorthanded. Dwyer also had 2 assists to end up with 3 points for the tournament in an average ice time of 10:21 per game.
One of the most memorable moments for Justin Faulk was his game winner against Kazakhstan:
The only Cane left is Jussi Jokinen playing for Team Finland. He and his teammates will play Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Team Russia on Saturday. The winner of Finland/Russia will go onto the gold medal game to play the winner of Slovakia/Czech Republic. Like Faulk, Jokinen also has 4 goals and 4 assists in 8 games for his team. All four of his goals have come on the power play. Jokinen has 6 PIMs in 16:04 of ice time so far for Team Finland.
I have no idea what language this guy is speaking, but he sounds excited about Juice’s goal against his Hurricanes’ teammate Cam Ward:
Will Team Finland repeat as IIHF World Champions? It would be the first time that a team has repeated while being the host country since the Soviet Union did in 1979. Discuss in the comments! Feel free to check us out on Facebook at CardiacCane. Also, be sure to follow Cardiac Cane writers on Twitter at: @CardiacCaneFS, @Esbee92, @peacelovepuck, @caniaccaz and @caniac176