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By the time the 2018 Stanley Cup Final concludes, there will be a first-time owner of hockey’s prestigious trophy.

The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights begin the championship series on Monday at T-Mobile Arena following an extended layoff for both sides.

Vegas continued its incredible run as an expansion franchise by eliminating the Winnipeg Jets on May 20, while the Capitals finished off the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

If the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup, it would mark the end of an improbable championship run as a first-year professional team.

A Washington victory would break a string of bad luck not only experienced by the Capitals, but by all of the teams in the city.

Game 1 Information

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: NBC

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Vegas GM McPhee Facing Off Against Team He Built

One of the most fascinating stories leading into the Stanley Cup Final is the success Vegas general manager George McPhee experienced with both teams.

McPhee built the Golden Knights into the monster they are by manipulating the expansion draft to his team’s advantage and building a squad full of veterans hungry to prove their worth in the NHL.

The successful strategy differs from the organic build from within that the GM used when he was in Washington.

Starting with Alexander Ovechkin in 2004, McPhee drafted 12 players who made a postseason appearance for the Capitals in 2018, per Sportsnet Stats:

In addition to Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Evgeny Kuznetsov are key contributors to Washington’s postseason run who were selected by McPhee.

As you would imagine, McPhee’s situation is unique, as he’s the first general manager in the expansion era, and second in league history, to face his former team in the Stanley Cup Final, per NHL PR:

It’s certainly an interesting situation, but McPhee’s loyalties stand with Vegas now, and although he would be proud to see some of his former draft picks in Washington win, he would be happier if the franchise he built from nothing wins the championship in its first year of existence.

Fleury’s past is well-documented, as he won three titles with the Pittsburgh Penguins before he was left unprotected in the expansion draft.

Pittsburgh’s loss turned into Vegas’ gain, as Fleury was phenomenal in between the pipes for the Golden Knights in the first three rounds of the postseason.

Orpik was a part of the first Pittsburgh team in the Sidney Crosby era to win the Stanley Cup, and he was teammates with Fleury in 2009.

Outside of the one past champion on each side, there’s little Stanley Cup final experience, which could make for an electric seven-game series, as the hungry collection of players go all out to achieve hockey’s top honor.

Washington left-winger Ovechkin is the most talented player on the two rosters, and he is arguably the hungriest, as he searches for the elusive trophy he’s wanted since joining the NHL in 2004.

While it might not show on the ice, expect Fleury and Orpik to provide their respective sides with an extra dose of experience, as they help them push through whatever difficulties the pressure-packed series throws at them.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Holtby, Capitals Shut Out Lightning to Force Game

The Washington Capitals live to fight another day.

On the strength of 24 stops from Braden Holtby and goals by T.J. Oshie and Devante Smith-Pelly, the Capitals took a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final.

Washington came out fast to open Game 6, hitting anything wearing a blue sweater and peppering Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy with shots. The Russian netminder was up to the task, fighting through screens and traffic, until the Caps finally broke through.
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After Tampa Bay defenseman Brayden Coburn was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 13:49, Washington found its groove, ripping off three shots—including John Carlson’s bomb from the point that went off the post, causing the Caps’ goal light to turn on—before Nicklas Backstrom sent a pass from the boards into the slot, where Oshie snapped it past Vasilevskiy for his first goal of the series and a 1-0 lead.

He’s such an easy player to have chemistry with,” Oshie said of Backstrom to NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire. “He sees the ice so well, he’s always looking to make the pass and he usually can hold on to the puck for long enough for you to get into an open spot.”

Smith-Pelly tacked on a little insurance in the third period, sending Chandler Stephenson’s no-look pass from behind the net through Vasilevskiy’s legs at 10:02, while Oshie capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the game’s final minute, finishing off a game in which the victors had little doubt about the outcome.

“I can’t imagine [that] the other guys were wondering if we gonna pull it off tonight,” Oshie told McGuire. “We were sure, we were sure that if we came and did what we had to do that it was going to be enough to get the job done.”

At the other end of the ice, the Lightning were unable to get much going in the Capitals’ zone, and rarely forced Holtby to make big saves in the early stages of Game 6. He was at his best during the third period, fending off Tampa Bay as it took a 5-0 shot advantage in the opening minutes, en route to his first shutout of the 2018 playoffs. Holtby received plenty of help from the stout defensive unit in front of him, which blocked 20 shots and helped limit Bolts’ big guns Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos to just one shot on goal apiece on the night.

“We were no good,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We didn’t play with the near-desperation they did. Was it a fairly even game? There’s no question. What were hits, 39-19? Somebody was engaged, and somebody wasn’t. You can spin this any way you want. You can sit here and say, good for Tampa, they were down 0-2 and they pushed this to Game 7, or you can say they blew a big opportunity to close this series out. In the end, there is a Game 7, it’s at home, and if you said to me you just have to go 2-2 at home in this series and you’re gonna win it, we’ll take it. We took two there on the road, now we have to go home and make sure we take care of business there. Shame on us if we don’t.”

With a decisive Game 7 on tap for Wednesday, the series heads back to Tampa, where the Caps won the first two games of the series before falling at Amalie Arena in Game 5. They’re 7-2 on the road in the postseason, while the Lightning are 6-3 on home ice.

1. Braden Holtby, WSH — The Caps’ netminder had given up 10 goals in three straight losses, but played a smart, simple game to rebound and earn his first shutout since April 5, 2017, a span of 84 games.

2. T.J. Oshie, WSH — Oshie is no stranger to being clutch. In a must-win game, he came up with two goals, five SOG, a pair of hits and a block.

3. Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL — He was under siege for most of the evening, having to deal with wave after wave of Capitals’ shots. Vasilevskiy stopped 31 shots in the loss, but was a big reason things never got out of hand.

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IIHF World Championship 2018: Sweden stunned by Switzerland, will play Sweden for bronze

Switzerland stunned the heavily-favored Canadians 3-2 in Saturday’s semifinal round to set up an all-European gold medal game against Sweden on Sunday. Sweden will have to settle for a bronze medal matchup against the United States.

The Canadians outplayed Switzerland for much of the contest, but never led as they struggled to solve Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni. Genoni stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, with most of them coming in the second and third periods as Sweden ramped up the pressure.

Tristan Scherwey opened the scoring for Switzerland late in the first period, but the Canadians responded well in the second and tied the game on a Bo Horvat wrist-shot. The Swiss regained the lead a few minutes later and then pushed it to 3-1 in the third period with some opportunistic offense from their special teams.

Gregory Hofmann tapped home a Kevin Fiala pass for a power play marker in the second and Gaetan Haas made the most of a man-advantage by redirecting Switzerland’s only third-period shot on goal past Darcy Kuemper to give his team a two-goal cushion.

Colton Parayko’s one-time blast in the final 130 seconds of regulation made things interesting, but the Swiss held their nerve to seal the win.

Sweden will face the United States for the bronze on Sunday (9:45 a.m. ET) in a rematch between the rivals who opened the 2018 tournament against each other. The United States won that first game, 5-4, in a shootout.

Sporting News provided updates throughout Sweden’s 3-2 semifinal loss to Switzerland (all times Eastern).
Third period

Shots on goal: Sweden 45, Switzerland 17

3:33 – Sweden wins the faceoff and takes two more shot attempts, but Parayko’s effort is blocked and Genoni comes up big once again on a rebound as the Swiss hold on to advance to the gold medal game.

3:31 – The Canadians keep control of the puck in the offensive zone and try to create chaos in the crease. Genoni finds the loose puck and covers with seven seconds remaining.

3:30 – Sweden continues to apply the pressure with six skaters on the ice and Switzerland ices the puck with 42 seconds to play.

3:27 – Goal Sweden! The extra attacker pays off as Colton Parayko blasts a one-timer off of Genoni’s blocker and into the back of the net. Sweden uses its timeout to get its top line some rest. 3-2 Switzerland with 2:07 to play in the period.

3:25 – Kuemper heads to the bench for an extra attacker just as Ekblad fires a shot from the point into Genoni’s glove. Sweden will have six skaters on the ice for an offensive zone faceoff with 2:39 to go.

3:22 – Sweden’s top power play unit spends a good 90 seconds in the offensive zone, but can’t convert. O’Reilly has a couple chances in front, but Genoni does just enough to keep the puck out of the net. Switzerland kills off the remaining penalty time as we go back to 5-on-5 play with less than four minutes to play in regulation.

3:20 – Noah Rod gets caught for a slash on Parayko and Sweden will head to the power play for the first time this afternoon.

3:15 – Schenn fires a shot on goal from the slot and finds his own rebound for a second-effort, but Genoni gets in front of it and pounces onto the rebound with McDavid lurking.

3:12 – Sweden has been applying the pressure in the offensive zone, but hasn’t created a lot of clear-cut chances to get back in this. The Canadians are outshooting the Swiss 10-1 in the period as we reach the 10-minute mark.

3:03 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss convert on the power play again to go up by two. Bo Horvat comes close to scoring a nifty short-handed goal, but Switzerland comes back the other way and Andrighetto fires a wrist shot that is deflected past Kuemper by Gaetan Haas. 3-1 Switzerland with 15:46 to play in the period.

3:00 – Switzerland will go to the power play for the third time tonight (1-2) after Nugent-Hopkins is whistled for hooking in the offensive zone.

2:58 – Early pressure from Sweden. Parayko fires two long-range shots that are stopped by Genoni and then the Swiss goaltender gets bailed out by his near post on an effor by O’Reilly.

2:55 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the third period. Sweden has 20 minutes to find a tying goal.
Second period: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Shots: Sweden 27, Switzerland 16

2:41 – Nugent-Hopkins fires a backhand effort on goal, but Genoni shrugs it away with his shoulder as the second period comes to a close.

2:38 – Edmundson fires a one-timer from the point that takes a wicked deflection off the stick of Andrighetto and bounces into Genoni’s glove. The Swiss netminder follows that up with a nice save on O’Reilly in close.

2:34 – Sven Andrighetto skates over the Canadian blueline and fires a shot at Kuemper, who makes an easy glove save. That’s the goaltender’s first involvement in a while.

2:28 – The McDavid line causes all sorts of problems for Switzerland, who essentially plays the shift down a man because of a broken stick. After nearly two minutes in the zone, Switzerland finally ices the puck, but can’t get a change. They finally get that change on the next sequence against the Islanders’ line (Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier) and avoid any high-danger chances.

2:22 – What a save by Genoni! Barzal plays it across to Beauvillier and the Islanders’ forward is denied by a spectacluar lunging save. Sweden players on the ice and bench thought that was going in.

2:18 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss strike back immediately after keeping the Canadian penalty kill on the ice for extended shift. Fiala plays the puck through the crease and Gregory Hofmann taps it home to restore the lead. 2-1 Switzerland with 10:20 to play in the period.

2:16 – The Swiss will get a chance to take the momentum back right away on the power play as Edmundson is whistled for hooking.

2:14 – Goal Sweden! Sweden capitalizes on its early pressure as Bo Horvat scores his third goal of the tournament on an eerily similar play to Switzerland’s opening goal. Pageau plays the puck to the Canucks forward, who skates over the blue line and fires a shot from the top of the left circle past Genoni. 1-1 with 12:40 to play in the period.

2:11 – Brayden Schenn plays a nice give-and-go with McDavid before firing a shot from the slot, but Genoni gets a piece of it and the Swiss clear the zone.

2:07 – Chance for Pageau! Bo Horvat finds the Senators forward on the doorstep, but Genoni makes a right-pad stop to keep his team in the lead.

2:02 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the second period. Tristan Scherwey’s first-period goal is the difference so far.
First period: Switzerland 1, Sweden 0

Shots: Sweden 9, Switzerland 5

1:47 – Edmundson fires a shot from a poor angle and Genoni makes the save as the final seconds of the period expire.

1:44 – Goal Switzerland! It’s been coming. The Swiss finally capitalize on their pressure as Tristan Scherwey takes a pass in the neutral zone, crosses the blueline and fires a shot over Kuemper’s shoulder. Darnell Nurse gave Scherwey too much time and space to fire his effort on goal. 1-0 Switzerland with 1:19 to play in the period.

1:39 – Another opportunity for Meier! The Swiss forward can’t control a pass in close and ends up playing the puck through the crease insead of into the open side. Big letoff for the Canadians.

1:37 – Big chance for Sweden! Bailey and Beauvillier come close to connecting on a tip play for the Canadians, but Genoni just gets his stick out to break the pass.

1:33 – Two chances for Switzerland! Timo Meier finds some room in the slot, but fires his wrist shot just wide of Kuemper’s goal. On the ensuing shift, the Canadian netminder robs Tristan Scherwey on the doorstep.

1:27 – Very tentative start from the Swiss, but they have limited Sweden to shots from the perimeter so far. Genoni has been equal to them all.

1:23 – No shots for Switzerland on the power play. The Canadians kill it off with relative ease as the Swiss had trouble gaining the offensive zone.

1:20 – Down the other end, Switzerland takes advantage of a Sweden turnover and Gaetan Haas gets his team’s first shot on Kuemper. The Canadians steer the rebound to safety, but Darnell Nurse is heading to the penalty box for delay of game. The Swiss get the first power play of the game.

1:18 – Genoni comes way out of his crease to deny Pageau of a breakaway chance. The Swiss netminder fires the puck into his team’s bench, avoiding a delay of game penalty.

1:15 p.m. – The puck is dropped and away we go! It’s Darcy Kuemper in net for Sweden against Leonardo Genoni for Switzerland.
Pregame

12:50 p.m. – Here are the expected lineups for Sweden and Switzerland:

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IIHF World Championship 2018: Sweden stunned by Switzerland, will play Sweden for bronze

Switzerland stunned the heavily-favored Canadians 3-2 in Saturday’s semifinal round to set up an all-European gold medal game against Sweden on Sunday. Sweden will have to settle for a bronze medal matchup against the United States.

The Canadians outplayed Switzerland for much of the contest, but never led as they struggled to solve Swiss goaltender Leonardo Genoni. Genoni stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, with most of them coming in the second and third periods as Sweden ramped up the pressure.

Tristan Scherwey opened the scoring for Switzerland late in the first period, but the Canadians responded well in the second and tied the game on a Bo Horvat wrist-shot. The Swiss regained the lead a few minutes later and then pushed it to 3-1 in the third period with some opportunistic offense from their special teams.

Gregory Hofmann tapped home a Kevin Fiala pass for a power play marker in the second and Gaetan Haas made the most of a man-advantage by redirecting Switzerland’s only third-period shot on goal past Darcy Kuemper to give his team a two-goal cushion.

Colton Parayko’s one-time blast in the final 130 seconds of regulation made things interesting, but the Swiss held their nerve to seal the win.

Sweden will face the United States for the bronze on Sunday (9:45 a.m. ET) in a rematch between the rivals who opened the 2018 tournament against each other. The United States won that first game, 5-4, in a shootout.

Sporting News provided updates throughout Sweden’s 3-2 semifinal loss to Switzerland (all times Eastern).
Third period

Shots on goal: Sweden 45, Switzerland 17

3:33 – Sweden wins the faceoff and takes two more shot attempts, but Parayko’s effort is blocked and Genoni comes up big once again on a rebound as the Swiss hold on to advance to the gold medal game.

3:31 – The Canadians keep control of the puck in the offensive zone and try to create chaos in the crease. Genoni finds the loose puck and covers with seven seconds remaining.

3:30 – Sweden continues to apply the pressure with six skaters on the ice and Switzerland ices the puck with 42 seconds to play.

3:27 – Goal Sweden! The extra attacker pays off as Colton Parayko blasts a one-timer off of Genoni’s blocker and into the back of the net. Sweden uses its timeout to get its top line some rest. 3-2 Switzerland with 2:07 to play in the period.

3:25 – Kuemper heads to the bench for an extra attacker just as Ekblad fires a shot from the point into Genoni’s glove. Sweden will have six skaters on the ice for an offensive zone faceoff with 2:39 to go.

3:22 – Sweden’s top power play unit spends a good 90 seconds in the offensive zone, but can’t convert. O’Reilly has a couple chances in front, but Genoni does just enough to keep the puck out of the net. Switzerland kills off the remaining penalty time as we go back to 5-on-5 play with less than four minutes to play in regulation.

3:20 – Noah Rod gets caught for a slash on Parayko and Sweden will head to the power play for the first time this afternoon.

3:15 – Schenn fires a shot on goal from the slot and finds his own rebound for a second-effort, but Genoni gets in front of it and pounces onto the rebound with McDavid lurking.

3:12 – Sweden has been applying the pressure in the offensive zone, but hasn’t created a lot of clear-cut chances to get back in this. The Canadians are outshooting the Swiss 10-1 in the period as we reach the 10-minute mark.

3:03 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss convert on the power play again to go up by two. Bo Horvat comes close to scoring a nifty short-handed goal, but Switzerland comes back the other way and Andrighetto fires a wrist shot that is deflected past Kuemper by Gaetan Haas. 3-1 Switzerland with 15:46 to play in the period.

3:00 – Switzerland will go to the power play for the third time tonight (1-2) after Nugent-Hopkins is whistled for hooking in the offensive zone.

2:58 – Early pressure from Sweden. Parayko fires two long-range shots that are stopped by Genoni and then the Swiss goaltender gets bailed out by his near post on an effor by O’Reilly.

2:55 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the third period. Sweden has 20 minutes to find a tying goal.
Second period: Switzerland 2, Sweden 1

Shots: Sweden 27, Switzerland 16

2:41 – Nugent-Hopkins fires a backhand effort on goal, but Genoni shrugs it away with his shoulder as the second period comes to a close.

2:38 – Edmundson fires a one-timer from the point that takes a wicked deflection off the stick of Andrighetto and bounces into Genoni’s glove. The Swiss netminder follows that up with a nice save on O’Reilly in close.

2:34 – Sven Andrighetto skates over the Canadian blueline and fires a shot at Kuemper, who makes an easy glove save. That’s the goaltender’s first involvement in a while.

2:28 – The McDavid line causes all sorts of problems for Switzerland, who essentially plays the shift down a man because of a broken stick. After nearly two minutes in the zone, Switzerland finally ices the puck, but can’t get a change. They finally get that change on the next sequence against the Islanders’ line (Barzal, Bailey, Beauvillier) and avoid any high-danger chances.

2:22 – What a save by Genoni! Barzal plays it across to Beauvillier and the Islanders’ forward is denied by a spectacluar lunging save. Sweden players on the ice and bench thought that was going in.

2:18 – Goal Switzerland! The Swiss strike back immediately after keeping the Canadian penalty kill on the ice for extended shift. Fiala plays the puck through the crease and Gregory Hofmann taps it home to restore the lead. 2-1 Switzerland with 10:20 to play in the period.

2:16 – The Swiss will get a chance to take the momentum back right away on the power play as Edmundson is whistled for hooking.

2:14 – Goal Sweden! Sweden capitalizes on its early pressure as Bo Horvat scores his third goal of the tournament on an eerily similar play to Switzerland’s opening goal. Pageau plays the puck to the Canucks forward, who skates over the blue line and fires a shot from the top of the left circle past Genoni. 1-1 with 12:40 to play in the period.

2:11 – Brayden Schenn plays a nice give-and-go with McDavid before firing a shot from the slot, but Genoni gets a piece of it and the Swiss clear the zone.

2:07 – Chance for Pageau! Bo Horvat finds the Senators forward on the doorstep, but Genoni makes a right-pad stop to keep his team in the lead.

2:02 p.m. – The puck is dropped for the start of the second period. Tristan Scherwey’s first-period goal is the difference so far.
First period: Switzerland 1, Sweden 0

Shots: Sweden 9, Switzerland 5

1:47 – Edmundson fires a shot from a poor angle and Genoni makes the save as the final seconds of the period expire.

1:44 – Goal Switzerland! It’s been coming. The Swiss finally capitalize on their pressure as Tristan Scherwey takes a pass in the neutral zone, crosses the blueline and fires a shot over Kuemper’s shoulder. Darnell Nurse gave Scherwey too much time and space to fire his effort on goal. 1-0 Switzerland with 1:19 to play in the period.

1:39 – Another opportunity for Meier! The Swiss forward can’t control a pass in close and ends up playing the puck through the crease insead of into the open side. Big letoff for the Canadians.

1:37 – Big chance for Sweden! Bailey and Beauvillier come close to connecting on a tip play for the Canadians, but Genoni just gets his stick out to break the pass.

1:33 – Two chances for Switzerland! Timo Meier finds some room in the slot, but fires his wrist shot just wide of Kuemper’s goal. On the ensuing shift, the Canadian netminder robs Tristan Scherwey on the doorstep.

1:27 – Very tentative start from the Swiss, but they have limited Sweden to shots from the perimeter so far. Genoni has been equal to them all.

1:23 – No shots for Switzerland on the power play. The Canadians kill it off with relative ease as the Swiss had trouble gaining the offensive zone.

1:20 – Down the other end, Switzerland takes advantage of a Sweden turnover and Gaetan Haas gets his team’s first shot on Kuemper. The Canadians steer the rebound to safety, but Darnell Nurse is heading to the penalty box for delay of game. The Swiss get the first power play of the game.

1:18 – Genoni comes way out of his crease to deny Pageau of a breakaway chance. The Swiss netminder fires the puck into his team’s bench, avoiding a delay of game penalty.

1:15 p.m. – The puck is dropped and away we go! It’s Darcy Kuemper in net for Sweden against Leonardo Genoni for Switzerland.
Pregame

12:50 p.m. – Here are the expected lineups for Sweden and Switzerland:

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USA vs Canada steamrolls Team in semifinal at World Championship

USA vs Canada steamrolls Team Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Anders Nilsson made 41 saves to lead Canada to a 6-0 victory over the United States in the semifinal round Saturday at the World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Canada, the reigning Worlds champion, will play Switzerland in the gold-medal game Sunday. Switzerland stunned Canada 3-2 in the other semifinal. Canada and Switzerland also met in the 2013 gold-medal game, with Canada winning its ninth Worlds title.

The Swedes defeated Switzerland 5-3 in the preliminary round of this year’s tournament.

Team USA will play for bronze against Canada. The U.S. has won bronze twice in the last five years in 2013 and 2015. Canada won gold in 2015 and 2016, but fell to Canada in the 2017 gold-medal game.

Team USA edged Canada 5-4 in a shootout during the preliminary round earlier this month.

Calgary Flames’ Makael Backlund had three assists, while Ottawa Senators’ Magnus Paajarvi, Pittsburgh Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist, Dallas Stars’ Mattias Janmark and Los Angeles Kings’ Adrian Kempe also scored.

Arvidsson knocked in a shot past New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid at 14:43 to give Canada a 1-0 first-period lead. Paajarvi, Hornqvist and Janmark followed in the second and Arvidsson and Kempe piled on two more in the third.

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who leads the tournament with 19 points, had three shots in 22:02 of ice time, while defenseman Connor Murphy logged two shots in 16:58. Hawks winger Alex DeBrincat did not record a shot.in semifinal at World Championship

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Canada vs. Switzerland: Live score, updates from IIHF World Championship semifinal

Switzerland stands between Canada and a shot at the gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

It’s an unlikely scenario, and the Canadians would be wise not to overlook the Swiss despite the relative standing in the hockey world between the two nations.

Switzerland earned its way into Saturday’s semifinal by way of a surprising quarterfinal victory over Finland earlier this week. The Finns had been cruising throughout the tournament, including a 5-1 rout of Canada in the group stage, and were considered heavy favourites to challenge for the title thanks to a talented roster and attractive style of play.

The Swiss had other plans however, stifling the high-powered Finnish attack en route to victory, and now the unfancied group has another opportunity to take down a hockey giant in Canada.

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The Canadians will be without St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, who was ruled out of for the remainder of the tournament with an upper-body injury, but should otherwise be healthy heading into Saturday’s contest.

Sporting News will provide live updates throughout the semifinal.

All times Eastern.

Switzerland vs Belarus Live STREAM

The Switzerland Under-18 Men’s National Team faces Belarus this afternoon in its final preliminary round matchup in Group A play at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship here in Magnitogorsk, Russia. Puck drop is set for 3:30 p.m. local and 6:30 a.m. ET and will be televised in the Switzerland live on NHL Network.

MATCHUP VS. BELARUS

Belarus is 1-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and right below the Switzerland for the third spot in Group A following its 5-4 victory against Switzerland on Monday (April 23). Belarus started the tournament with an 8-3 loss to Canada and followed that with a 4-3 loss to Sweden. Forward Vladimir Alistrov leads the team offensively with six points (2-4-6). Goaltender Nikita Tolopilo has played in all three games and has earned a 5.46 goals-against average and .843 save-percentage.

All-time, the Switzerland is 7-0-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against Belarus and has outscored them 61-8. All matchups have come in the preliminary round and the last tie came in 2003, putting the Switzerland winning streak at five games.

The two teams last met a year ago in the opening game of the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship. Oliver Wahlstrom (Quincy, Mass/USAH NTDP) scored twice and Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich./USAH NTDP) stopped all 17 shots he faced as the Switzerland earned a 7-0 victory over Belarus.

THINGS WORTH MENTIONING

Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla./USAH NTDP) currently ranks second in the tournament in points with seven (3-4-7) through three games … Oliver Wahlstrom is tied with three other players for the tournament lead in goals (4) through five days of competition … The underage (2001 birth year) skaters (Cole Caufield, Hughes, Turcotte, York) have combined for 14 points through three games for Team USA … The Switzerland is averaging 43 shots per game through two games and is only allowing opponents to 28 shots per game … The Switzerland owns the top ranked power play and penalty kill units in the tournament … The Switzerland has earned two medals at the U18 Men’s World Championship while on Russian soil.

U18 MWC FAMILY CONNECTIONS

Three players have a combined four family members who have previously skated in or coached at the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

Forward Jonathan Gruden’s (Rochester, Mich./USAH NTDP) father, John, has served on coaching three Switzerland coaching staffs at the IIHF Under-18 World Championship (2012, 2014 and 2016), helping guide the team to gold meals in 2012 and 2014 and a bronze medal in 2016. Forward Jack
Hughes’ brother Quinn was a defenseman on last year’s gold medal winning squad, finishing the tournament with five points (1-4-5) and a +6 +/- rating.

Defenseman Adam Samuelsson’s (San Diego, Calif./USAH NTDP) two brothers Henrik and Philip both previously represented Team USA in the tournament. Philip was on the 2009 gold medal winning team and finished the tournament with three assists in seven games. Henrik was on the 2011 gold medal winning team and contributed one assist in six games.

Finland vs Norway Live Kockey

After losing their second consecutive shootout, Norway remain without a win at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark. The Olympic silver medalists now face a crucial test against the United States.

Norway’s ice hockey team slumped to a second straight shootout loss on Sunday at the IIHF World Championship, this time at the hands of Norway.

Marco Sturm’s side never led in the contest and played the Norwegians to a 4-4 tie at the end of overtime. Matias Trettenes, Tobias Lindstrom and Anders Bastiansen all scored for Norway in the shootout while Norway missed all four of their attempts.

The Norway lost their opening game in similar fashion, falling to hosts Denmark in the shootout after the game finished 2-2.

“We are playing together as a team for the first time. It’s not working yet, but the tournament isn’t over,” said German defenseman Yannic Seidenberg. “We can beat every opponent if we can put in a good performance on the ice. We are scoring enough goals, but we can’t concede so many.”

After earning the silver medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February, they now sit second bottom in Group B on two points after their two losses. They face group leaders the United States, who have five points from their two games, on Monday.

Playing from behind

Norway fell into a 2-0 hole seven minutes into the first period after goals from Ken Andre Olimb and Thomas Valkvae Olsen. But Patrick Hager put the Norway back within one with a power-play goal and Marc Michaelis fired in a terrific long-range effort on a break to level the score before the first intermission.

Norway got off to another quick start in the second period when Bastiansen restored his team’s lead less than two minutes after the break. Hager countered with another power-play goal after Olimb picked up a delay of game penalty.

Daniel Sorvik put Norway back in front with a deflected shot Timo Pielmeier probably should have saved. Luckily for the German goaltender, Yannic Seidenberg tied the game just 25 seconds later, firing the puck into the net after taking a Matthias Plachta pass from behind the net.

Norway were able to force a shootout despite playing the last two minutes of overtime shorthanded after a high sticking penalty from Leon Draisaitl. But, in the end, Nielsen’s goal was all that Norway needed to secure the victory as Draisaitl, Michaelis, Dominik Kahun and Matthias Plachta all came up empty in their shootout attempts.

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With Connor McDavid forced to watch a shootout from the bench, Canada opened the 2018 world hockey championship by coming up short against the archrival Americans.

Cam Atkinson scored the shootout winner to give the United States a 5-4 win over Canada on Friday. Atkinson’s second shootout goal gave the U.S a 2-1 edge midway through the sixth round of the extra session.

Jordan Eberle had a chance to tie for Canada, but he couldn’t beat American goalie Keith Kinkaid.

McDavid, Canada’s captain and offensive catalyst, was ineligible for the shootout after taking a penalty late in overtime.

“It’s not fun to watch your team go through a shootout, especially when you’re an offensive guy and you’d obviously like to be out there,” he said. “I thought the guys did a nice job of hanging in there.”
‘We can play better’

Canada showed plenty of speed and skill, but had to come back from two one-goal deficits to force overtime before falling in the shootout.

“They played well,” Canada forward Brayden Schenn said. “We know we can play better.

“In a shootout, anything happen. It sucks losing the first game, but it’s a learning lesson. It’s a long tournament.”

The Canadians outshot the Denmark 44-24 through 65 minutes at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.

“Both teams off the start were loose,” McDavid said. “We didn’t play well defensively, they didn’t play well defensively.

“We got out to the lead we wanted but our game got away from us, and we’ve got to find a way to bring it back. I like the way we were able to compete and get ourselves back in the game and earn at least one point.”
Americans stick with game plan

Canada held the early edge in play and jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on goals from Pierre-Luc Dubois and Ryan O’Reilly. But the Americans stuck with their game plan and found a way to exploit Darcy Kuemper, who struggled with shots to his blocker side.

“Not happy with the four goals but I was just focusing on making the next save,” Kuemper said. “I was just trying to bear down and do what I could to stay in and keep the team it. It went all the way to a shootout — one shooter away from winning it and then it’d be a little bit of a different story.”

“I thought there were a couple of pucks he didn’t find either that he needed to track,” added coach Bill Peters about his netminder. “But some of the saves he made were on Grade A opportunities. We just gave up too much quality tonight.”

Anders Lee got the Denmark on the board with a high shot to Kuemper’s blocker side with 6:01 to play in the first before Dylan Larkin and Johnny Gaudreau converted to give the Americans a 3-2 lead by the midway mark of the period.
Denmark controls 3rd period

After being foiled on two breakaways earlier in the game, Anthony Beauvillier tied the game for Canada when he converted a rebound off an Aaron Ekblad shot from the blue line with 2:07 left in the second.

Larkin scored his second of the game at the 3:27 mark of the third, using his speed to create space before firing a soft shot low to the blocker side.

The Americans controlled play in the third period outshooting Canada 12-9, but the Canadians forced overtime with 9:12 left to play in regulation. McDavid picked up his first point of the tournament when he fed Colton Parayko in the slot, and the defenceman first a shot through Kinkaid’s pads.

“Just a bit of a scrum and the puck squirted out,” McDavid said. “Good job by Nuge [Ryan Nugent-Hopkins] and O’Ry [Ryan O’Reilly] to get the puck down there. I just tried to find the d-man breaking to the net.”
Canada fails to capitalize

In overtime, the Canadian trio of McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Aaron Ekblad — all first-overall draft picks — controlled play whenever they were on the ice. Blake Coleman took a holding penalty in the extra frame to set up a 4-on-3 power play, but the Canadians couldn’t capitalize. McDavid’s penalty gave the Americans a brief power play of their own before the shootout began.

Atkinson and Eberle traded shootout goals before Atkinson won it for the United States.

Hosting the world championship for the first time, Denmark beat Germany 3-2 in a shootout later Friday.

In Group A action on Friday in Copenhagen, Russia beat France 7-0, while defending world gold medallists Sweden thumped Belarus 5-0.

After winning gold in 2015 and 2016, the Canadians settled for silver after a shootout loss to Sweden in Cologne, Germany in 2017. Canada’s next game is Sunday against South Korea, starting

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