Team USA wins IIHF World Championship against Canada; Finland claims bronze
Team USA won their second consecutive World Championship this morning, defeating Canada 7-5 in a thrilling game early this morning. Team USA jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but a busy second period saw Canada score three unanswered goals in rapid succession to tie the game. Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne scored for the US in the third period to break the tie and win the game despite a late flurry by the Canadians. The game was also Caroline Oullette’s final game in a Team Canada uniform. The veteran won a silver medal, her 13th medal in international play.
Finland also claimed the bronze medal after defeating the Russian squad 4-1 earlier today. The Finns broke a four year medal drought despite paying without superstar Noora Raty in net.
Russian minor league coach loses shirt in bench brawl
Another week, another strange Russian hockey video. It never gets old.
This week, we take you to Russia’s top minor league, the VHL. In a game betwen the THC and Izhstal, the two head coaches got into an altercation on the benches. Both teams came together with the referees to try and hold their coaches apart, and amid the confusion, Izhstal’s coach Andrei Razin somehow lost his suit jacket….and tie…and shirt. We’re still not quite sure how it happened, but it’s certainly an entertaining watch regardless.
Record set for fastest four goals in NHL history
When the Blues came to Dallas for a regular season game on … night, the two teams were just hoping to come away with two points. Instead, they both played a part in NHL history, scoring four goals in 49 seconds according to the Elias Sports Beareau. Travis Moen started the barrage of goals with a penalty shot conversion with 11 seconds remaining in the first period. The remainder of the first passed without incident, but the second period saw Patrik Berglund score fifteen seconds in, Jaden Schwartz convert 17 seconds later, and Jamie Benn respond six seconds after Schwartz’s tally. The Stars would eventually fall short in a 7-5 loss to the Blues.
Lightning set new ticket policy for playoffs
Want to go watch the Lightning play in the playoffs this year? Think again.
The Lightning released their playoff tickets on Friday, but they added a new restriction that has some fans up in arms- in order to purchase playoff tickets, the purchaser has to use a credit card with a Florida address. Any people who attempt to purchase tickets with an out-of-state credit card will have their ticket order cancelled and refunded. The policy is meant to help create a ‘home atmosphere’ for the Lightning fans. Tampa Bay isn’t the first team to try and keep out opposing fans; Nashville and St. Louis have both instituted variations of ‘keep the red out’ campaigns to try and prevent Chicago fans from going to their games during the regular season campaign. Whether or not the Lightning’s attempt to keep out opposing fans will work remains to be seen.
Drew Miller takes skate to face in scary play
Warning: the link below is not for the faint of heart.
Drew Miller had a scary moment on the ice against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night. After lining up for a face-off in his own zone, Miller’s face was cut by Mark Stone’s skate as he took an awkward tumble to the ice. Miller immediately left the ice and went back to the room for medical attention. Amazingly, though the skate cut across his cheek and to his forehead, it completely missed his eye. He was able to get stitched up and played in the Red Wings game just two days after his injury. Hockey, man.