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World Championships News

Dubois adjusting to the international stage

The talent pool in Canada is so deep that when the World Championship rolls around, there are always new players who come to the tournament, make a strong contribution and open some eyes in the process. Pierre-Luc Dubois is one of those players. The 19-year-old forward has already enjoyed an impressive rookie season scoring 20…

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Rakell in form as Sweden wins big

Rickard Rakell was in inspired form for Sweden as the Tre Kronor eased to a fourth straight victory in Copenhagen. The 25-year-old collected two goals and an assist as the Swedish top line dominated once again; Austria had no answers as it slumped to another lopsided 7-0 loss. Adrian Kempe also starred, with a goal…

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Finland dances to easy victory

Finland moved into first place in Group B with its third win in a row, this over Norway to the tune of 7-0. The win was impressive for its total dominance of possession and relentless puck pursuit. Finland now has 23 goals in three games, tops among all 16 teams in Denmark so far. Norway…

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Czechs edge Swiss in shootout thriller

Czech goalie Pavel Francouz saved one Swiss penalty shot in regulation and went on to win the game for his team in the shootout. The Traktor Chelyabinsk man, who shot to fame when he won Olympic shootouts against Canada and the USA in February, won all five of his duels with the Swiss forwards. At…

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Latvia back on track

Latvia defeated Korea 5-0 to record its second win at the 2018 IIHF World Championships. Two first period goals carved out a lead that Latvia would not relinquish. They successfully rebounded from an 8-1 loss to Finland with a solid effort in the afternoon tilt at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning. Timely scoring and solid…

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Power Rankings

With a 14-0 goal difference, Russia takes over top spot in our second Power Rankings of 2018 1   RUS They make nice pastries, we score nice goals 2   SWE Not to brag, but we kick butt in the preliminary round 3   USA As Rick James sang, “He’s a very Kinkaid goalie” 4…

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Red Machine in cruise control

Russia roared to another convincing victory against one of the outsiders at this championship, following up its 7-0 win over France with a similar scoreline against Austria. Mikhail Grigorenko led the way with two goals, Kirill Kaprizov and Artyom Anisimov both contributed 1+1 and there were further markers from Alexander Barabanov, Maxim Mamin and Ilya…

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Will Czech drought end?

The Czechs could be champs this year in Denmark, and a new Kafka manuscript could be discovered during the tournament. Both are possible, but neither is likely. Only one player on the 2018 roster also suited up for the last Czech gold medal team in 2010: forward Roman Cervenka. This nation, which peaked from 1998…

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USA gets another big win

The United States put in a solid effort with a 4-0 win over host nation Denmark in tonight’s primetime game at Jyske Bank Boxen. Team USA won its second straight game of the tournament while Denmark drops its first contest after winning a thrilling opener against Germany last night. A first period goal by Will…

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Jaskin lifts Czechs over Slovaks

Dmitrij Jaskin’s overtime goal gave the Czech Republic a 3-2 tournament-opening win over neighbouring rival Slovakia. Slovak goalie Marek Ciliak was outstanding with 39 saves, although he conceded the tying Czech goal to Martin Necas with just 10 seconds left. On the winner at 2:09, Jaskin rushed in, put the puck off Slovak captain Andrej…

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