Before the start of the world championships, Canada was the favorite to win the tournament the silver medal. The host team, Finland, was number 1 on the list of the most experts.
Joel Armia, Esa Lindell, Mikko Lehtonen, Miro Heiskanen, Sami Vatanen, Harri Sateri, Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Granlund… there were several quality players who responded Yes at the invitation of the Finnish coach for this tournament against his team.
But neither did the lineup of Claude Julien and André Tourigny: Nick Holden, Travis Sanheim, Nicolas Roy, Mathew Barzal, Maxime Comtois, Morgan Geekie, Adam Lowry, Dawson Mercer, Drake Batherson, Dylan Cozens, Damon Severson, Ryan. Graves, Logan Thompson, Thomas Chabot, Josh Anderson, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Kent Johnson… we had every right to expect a great performance from hockey nation.
The preliminary tournament started well for Canada, who won their first four matches. The Canadians, however, escaped against Denmark and Switzerland afterwards, managing to at least defeat the French in their last preliminary game. Result: They took (only) third place in their group.
This morning, Canada was playing its quarter-final match against mighty Sweden (who have several nhl players), who finished their preliminary phase with only two defeats (one in extra time and one in the penalty shootout).
How did Canada do? It will have been a match in two stages.
After only 87 seconds elapsed in first, Carl Klingberg gave Sweden the lead. Less than five minutes later, William Nylander scored a superb breakaway goal. It was then 2-0 for the Swedes.
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canada is came out strong in second, dominating 19-1 in shots on goal. But guess that? Sweden scored the only goal of the period, courtesy of Max Friberg, a former player for the Canadian organization. 3 to 0.
At the beginning of thirdRyan Graves a réduit l’écart et fin d’engagement, Pierre-Luc Dubois a inscrit le deuxième but des siens… puis Mathew Barzal envoyé tout le monde en prolongation grace à un son premier but du tournoi (inscribed the day of his birthday).
Another game that goes into extra time: that’s the fashion these days…
In extra time, three against three, William Nylander tripped up Drake Batherson. Canada therefore found themselves on the power play (four against three) and this same Batherson scored the winning goal with assists from Barzal and Dubois. Everything fell apart in a matter of minutes for the Swedes.
A CANADIAN COMEBACK STORY
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Canada wins in overtime on a power play courtesy of William Nylander. Gossipmongers will say that the Maple Leafs are incapable of making the playoffs, regardless of the league.
— Maxime Morin (@MaxMorinRDS) May 26, 2022
Canada therefore wins by a score of 4-3 and in extremis avoids having to go home earlier than expected. Had Claude Julien been singled out? Would that definitely have closed the doors on him in the NHL?
Note that Pierre-Luc Dubois is currently Canada’s leading scorer (12 points in eight games). Josh Anderson has six points in eight games. He was not used at the end of the third and in extra time.
Canada will now face the Czech Republic, who defeated Germany this morning, in the semifinals on Saturday.
Starting at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, Switzerland will face the United States and Slovakia, Finland. The two winning nations will meet in the other semi-final on Saturday. The grand final will be played on Sunday. Will Canada participate? Or will he have to settle for the bronze medal game?
Mathias Brunet also invites you to turn on your television around 1:00 p.m. today and place in RDS.
Juraj Slafkovsky and the Slovaks take on Finland in the World Championship quarterfinals in the early afternoon. Take a close look at it, if you get the chance. Who knows if it won’t end up in Montreal… I say that, I don’t say anything…
— Mathias Brunet (@mathiasbrunet) May 26, 2022
Will the HC dare to recruit Slafkovsky, and not Wright, with their first choice? Remember that the NHL Entry Draft will take place on July 7 and 8 in Montreal.
Slafkovsky (6’4 left winger) has nine points from seven games since the start of the tournament. Remember that he had concluded his Olympic tournament with seven goals in as many games earlier this year. Say you just turned 18…
We asked Shane Wright and Logan Cooley what it would be like to be drafted by the Canadiens…but did we ask Juraj Slafkovsky?
– When we compare ourselves, we console ourselves.
Most appearances in conference finals by a Canadian team in the salary cap era:
— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) May 26, 2022
– Xhakej, Mysak and the Bulldogs are really dominant.
The #bulldogs from Hamilton, Ont.
46-3-1 record in his last 50 games #Phew
11-0 in the playoffs to date. #OH
— Stephane Leroux (@StephRDSJunior) May 26, 2022
– Patrick Roy will not have been named QMJHL Coach of the Year.
Jim Hulton is Coach of the Year at the #QMJHL, for second consecutive Year. The only two who have done so in the history of the League: Gerard Gallant and Guy Chouinard!
— Mikaël Lalancette (@MikLalancette) May 26, 2022
– Will there be leaks?
A presentation of the new logo to a select group in “preview” mode is scheduled for tonight.
– Nilton Jorge (@NiltonJorge) May 26, 2022
– There will be a new field for the UEFA Champions League final.
For those who are wondering about the lawn of the Champions League final https://t.co/dgiFRtGwI8
– Nicholas Harguindey (@NHarguindey) May 26, 2022
– Real continues to gain in value.
Forbes Awards | The value of Real Madrid at the top of Europe https://t.co/XtZJ4kDEEy
– The Sports Press (@LaPresse_Sports) May 26, 2022
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