With the Quarter-Finals under way in the World Championships, two of the games were of major note for Stars fans as well as the rest of North America.
USA absolutely stunned Russia by a final score of 8-3. It is safe to say that the United States is no longer the under dog that it was once thought to be. While this may not be an upset in the traditional sense, the general perception of US hockey is that it is still weak compared to a number of other countries. However, combined with their recent success in the Olympics and the World Juniors, the rest of the world is being forced to take US hockey seriously.
Meanwhile, Canada vs. Sweden turned out to be quite an exciting game, even if it ended in a rather...disappointing... fashion for an elimination game.
Loui Eriksson scored in regulation and then scored in the shootout as Sweden defeated Canada, 3-2 in the quarterfinals at the World Championship on Thursday.
Eriksson scored on the power play in the third period to give Sweden a 2-1 lead when a Nicklas Danielsson shot from the point deflected off his skate and into the net.
After Canada's Claude Giroux scored to tie the game a short time later, the contest stay tied through the rest of regulation and a ten minute overtime.
Eriksson, who shot first for Sweden in the shootout, slipped the puck between Team Canada goalie Mike Smith's legs with a forehand shot.
Fredrik Pettersson scored the shootout winner for the Swedes, beating Smith with a slap shot.
The semi-finals will commence on Saturday morning, with the age old rivalry of Finland vs. Sweden, followed by the United States vs. Switzerland. Since Loui is now the last remaining Dallas Star in the trounament, I feel safe in saying "Go Sweden, and go USA."
Coming up in today's links: Playoff failure excuses, Glen Gulutzan is already busy coaching again, and Raffi Torres gets one of the more unique suspensions to date.
- Everyone point at the San Jose Sharks and laugh. [NHL.com]
- Glen Gulutzan will be a "guest coach" for the Saskatoon Blades during the Memorial Cup tournament. With Matej Stransky there, it's just another reason Stars fans can take an interest in the tournament. [Stars Inside Edge]
- The Lady Bing finalists have been announced. Among the players not listed? Dustin Brown and Raffi Torres. [Stars Inside Edge]
- Alex Ovechkin reached the World Championships just in time to lose to the US 8-3. He's really had some bad breaks lately. (This joke is extra funny if you click the link to see why.) [Puck Daddy]
- Down Goes Brown supplies us with the excuses for the playoff failures of every team no longer playing this season. In case you were wondering, Dallas' is extra snarky. I love it. [Down Goes Brown]
- This piece is a few days old, but still worth the share. It's an incredible story about Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill and his wife. [Dallas News]
- The NHL Beardwatch is on. [Puck Daddy]
- Rumors are starting to swirl about Tippet. Apparently he's on watch for both the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche. [Puck Daddy]
- The Bruins defeated the NY Rangers in overtime. Three more wins, and the Stars get that first round pick. [NHL]
- The Sharks and Kings also faced off last night. Looks like the Shakrs are back to their old playoff ways this round. They now trail in the series 0-2. [NHL]
- Megalodon breaks down how the Sharks can beat Jonathon Quick. The answers are....correct. [Battle Of Cali]
- And, for your video of the day, Raffi Torres was suspended for the entire second round, which is unique in that I don't think a player has ever been suspended for an entire series before. It is usually a set number of games, which can then be reduced if necessary (Like Torres' 25 game suspension being reduced to 21.) Here's the Shanahan video explaining why he came to such a decision.