IIHF World Championships - Day 7
Six Oilers will be representing their country at the annual tournament
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Zbynek Irgl scored twice in the shootout to lead the Czech Republic to a 3-2 shootout win over Denmark. Ladislav Smid collected his second assist in the tournament as the Czech Republic improve their record to 2-2-0 in the round-robin tournament.
Early in the first, Czech Republic had the opportunity to open the scoring as Zbynek Irgl went on the breakaway. He was able to beat Simon Nielsen but not the post.
In the other end from behind the net, Julian Jakobsen carried the puck to the front and was able to get into the high slot for the shot but Ondrej Pavelec made the glove save.
Late in the first, Ladislav Smid was called for hooking and sent Czech Republic to their first penalty kill of the game.
On the man-advantage, Morten Green took a shot from the point but was stopped by Pavelec. The rebound bounced out of the zone and the Czech Republic picked up the loose puck. Jiri Novotny went on breakaway but Nielsen made the high glove save to keep the game scoreless after one.
In the second, the Czech Republic went on the two-on-one rush as Jakub Voracek made a cross-crease pass to Jiri Tlusty, but Nielson flashed the leather and made the huge glove save.
With two minutes left in the third, Czech Republic went on the powerplay as Philip Larsen was called for tripping and 1:36 later, Stefan Lassen received a double minor penalty for high sticking. The Czech Republic had the two-man advantage for 24 seconds but was unable to capitalize.
In the third period, Czech Republic opened the scoring as Zbynek Michalek rushed in all alone and from the point, beat Nielsen stick side.
A few minutes later, Denmark had the chance to tie it up as Mikkel Boedker was in front with the rebound but missed the wide-open net and hit the post.
Near the five-minute mark in the third, Kim Staal from behind the net brought the puck in front and made the cross-crease pass to a wide-open Morten Poulsen, who buried it past Pavelec to tie the game at one.
After 60 minutes, the game remained tied at one and sent the game into overtime.
Two minutes into overtime, Jesper B. Jensen was called for tripping but the Czech Republic were unable to capitalize on the powerplay.
Overtime solved nothing so the game went a shootout.
Demark won the coin toss and choose Mikkel Boedker as their first skater. He was able to beat Pavelec top left shelf to put Denmark up, 1-0.
Jan Kovar was first for the Czech Republic but Nielsen made the pad save.
Staal was Denmark’s second shooter but Pavelec made the pad save.
Radim Vrbata was next for the Czech Republic but Nielsen made another pad save to preserve the1-0 shootout lead.
Morten Green tried the backhander shot but Nielsen made the glove save.
Jiri Hudler was the third shooter for the Czech Republic and was able to put it past a sprawling Pavelec to tie the shootout at one.
Hudler went again and was able to beat Nielsen but not the post.
Boedker was next for Denmark but was stopped by Pavelec.
Irgl beat Nielsen’s five-hole to put Czech Republic up, 2-1.
The next shooter for Denmark was Morten Madsen and he found the back of the net to tie the shootout at two.
Irgl was sent back out and he beat Nielsen again as the Czech Republic retake the 3-1 shootout lead.
Julian Jakobsen was next for Denmark but Pavelec made the pad save as the Czech Republic go on to win in the shootout.
In the game, Smid had one assist, two shots on net and 24:04 of ice time.
The Czech Republic will play Slovenia Friday and puck drop will be 8:15 A.M. (MT).
CANADA 3 vs. SWEDEN 0
Mike Smith stopped all 33 shots to collect his first shutout in the tournament as Canada went on to win, 3-0.
Canada got on the board first as Johan Fransson was called for tripping midway through the first.
On the powerplay, Brian Campbell made the slap pass shot to Justin Schultz, who made the cross-ice pass to Steven Stamkos and with the one-timer, beat Jhonas Enroth to put Canada up, 1-0.
Shortly after, Canada went on the penalty kill as Jeff Skinner was called for hooking. Sweden had the chance to score the equalizer as Calle Jarnkrok’s shot beat Mike Smith but not the crossbar.
Canada had the chance to extend their lead as Matt Duchene went on the breakaway and tried to go five-hole but was stopped by Enroth.
With a minute left in the first, Canada went on another breakaway as Eric Staal received the long stretch pass from the Canadian zone but Enroth made the pad save to keep Canada’s lead to one.
In just under a minute of play in the second period, Matt Read made a cross-ice pass to Luke Schenn and from the point, beat Enroth top shelf to put Canada up, 2-0.
Taylor Hall tried to extend Canada’s lead as he went one-on-one with a Swedish defender but Enroth made the save.
Midway through the second, Jordan Staal notched his first of the tournament as he buried the puck past Enroth to give Canada, a 3-0 lead.
Early in the third, Canada with the extra skater on the ice due to a delayed penalty call, Stamkos made the cross-ice pass to Eric Staal, who was all alone beside the net but tipped the puck wide of the wide open net.
Midway through the third, Sweden made a goalie change as Jacob Markstrom entered the game to take over for Enroth.
Shortly after, Andreas Jamtin rushed in on the left wing and made a pass to Henrik Tallinder but Smith was able to make the save. Tallinder tried to bang in the loose puck but Smith made the save again to preserve Canada’s 3-0 lead.
Smith stopped all 33 shots he faced as Canada went on to win, 3-0.
Taylor Hall was pointless in the game with four shots on net and 11:14 of ice time.
Jordan Eberle was also pointless in the game with one shot on net and 12:31 of ice time.
Justin Schultz had one assist in the game with two shots on net and 14:43 of ice time in the 3-0 win.
Canada are now 3-0-1 in the round-robin tournament and will be back on the ice Friday as they take on Belarus. Puck drop will be at 12:15 P.M. (MT).
-- Wendy Mach, edmontonoilers.com