Pavelec saves Czechs, Canada snipes Sweden
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 18 shots to lead the Czech Republic to a 2-1 shootout win against Denmark.
2013 IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP-DAY 6
CZE 2, DEN 1
CAN 3, SWE 0
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CZECH REPUBLIC 2, DENMARK 1
STOCKHOLM – After two days off to clear their heads and rest up after losing to Switzerland, the Czech Republic rebounded today with a 2-1 win over Denmark. But the Czechs needed a shootout to avoid a historic loss.
The game was a nail biter with both teams scoring in the third to send the game into overtime then a shootout. Zbynek Irgl’s two goals in the shootout closed the books on a game that was closely contested.
Assistant captain Stefan Lassen was called for a double minor in the second period that provided the Czechs with the opportunity they needed. The penalty was called at 19:40 of the period. The Czech Republic would have 3:39 to start the third to get something going offensively.
Denmark started the third period strong, killing off the penalty and drawing one of their own. But still could not pull the trigger and get on the board. Zbynek Michalek’s goal at 14:07 helped break a scoreless tie as these teams were locked in a defensive struggle for the entire game.
Michalek delivered with his slapshot down the wing to provide the first goal of the game and all that would be needed. His shot went low stick side of Nielsen who was helpless to stop it. Petr Hubacek and Ladislav Smid received assists on the play.
The Danes would not give up. With 4:05 remaining in the period Morten Poulsen scored on a beautiful pass from Kim Staal. Pavelec had no chance to react and Poulsen an empty side of the net to slam it home.
"We didn't have a very good start." said Kutlak. "We waited so long to score, but then we got one and they got it back. But we have to be honest; they deserved it. They played a pretty good game."
The goal gave the Danes new life and sent the game into overtime.
In overtime Jesper B. Jensen was called for tripping, giving the Czech Republic and opportunity but to no avail. Instead the game would go to a shootout. In the second round of the shootout, Irgl’s two goals paved the path the the win.
Recently added goaltender Ondrej Pavelec provided experience and a steadying force in goal that was critical throughout, especially when the game was a scoreless tie. Pavelec arrived just in time to a Czech team that’s struggled in net over its last two games.
The Czechs will now play Slovenia tomorrow with a chance to add another win and bolster their playoff prospects. Denmark takes on the red-hot Switzerland.
CANADA 3, SWEDEN 0
STOCKHOLM – Canada got the only goal of the first and the only two goals of the second en route to an impressive 3-0 win over Sweden tonight at the Globe Arena. With the win, Canada moves into second place of the Stockholm group with 10 points, one behind Switzerland and one ahead of the Swedes.
Canada gets right back at it, playing Belarus tomorrow night, while Tre Kronor have a day off before playing Slovenia.
Steven Stamkos opened the scoring for Canada on the power play. Defenceman Brian Campbell sent a nice cross-ice pass from the top of the right face-off circle over to Stamkos who blasted the puck past Jhonas Enroth for the 1-0 lead at 8:56.
Canada was blessed with a handful of brilliant chances but weren't able to solve Enroth. Captain Eric Staal also had a breakaway near the end of the period, only to be foiled by the Swedish goalie.
Canada took charge just 55 seconds into the second period when Luke Schenn took a pass from Matt Read, waited half a beat, and then roofed a shot over Enroth’s glove.
Canada made it 3-0 at 11:00 when Jordan Staal came out of the penalty box to create a two-on-one with Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly made a perfect pass, and Staal ripped a shot into the open side. Coach Pär Mårts called a timeout, but it had little effect. The Swedes hardly tested Mike Smith and failed to control the puck anywhere on the ice.
The Swedes had a great chance to get back into the game with an early power play in the final period, but Martin Thörnberg blasted a shot high over an open net and the moment was lost.