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2012 IIHF World Championship

USA and Canada win World Champ openers

Friday, 05.04.2012 / 3:06 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Team USA had the perfect tune-up for Saturday's rivalry showdown with Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki.

The Americans opened tournament play Friday afternoon with a convincing 7-2 win against France at Hartwall Arena.

New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo had a pair of goals -- including a memorable bad-angle snipe -- and Montreal's Max Pacioretty, the man of the match, had a goal and three points. Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for the Americans.

Former NHL goalie Cristobal Huet, who won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, played for France and stopped 28 of 35 shots.

Draft prospect Murray added to Canada roster

Friday, 05.04.2012 / 9:06 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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HELSINKI, FinlandRyan Murray will have a chance to Raise his NHL Draft stock just a bit more.

The 18-year-old defenseman was added to the Team Canada roster on Friday, replacing the injured Marc Methot, and will likely play in Friday's tournament-opening game against Slovakia. It is exceedingly rare that a Draft prospect gets the opportunity to play in the IIHF World Championship, particularly fora country as loaded with talent as Canada.

But, a last-minute injury to Methot, as well as an earlier knee injury suffered by P.K. Subban, has opened the door for Murray, who made the trip with Team Canada to merely serve as an extra player in practice and play in a few exhibition games.

Americans pull away from France for tournament-opening win

Friday, 05.04.2012 / 9:00 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

NHL.com

Team USA had the perfect tune-up for Saturday's rivalry showdown with Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki.

The Americans opened tournament play Friday afternoon with a convincing 7-2 win against France at Hartwall Arena.

New York Islander Kyle Okposo had a pair of goals -- including a memorable bad-angle snipe -- and Montreal's Max Pacioretty, the man of the match, had a goal and three points. Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for the Americans.

Host Finland can break home-ice curse in Group A

Thursday, 05.03.2012 / 11:14 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Risto Pakarinen - NHL.com Correspondent

HELSINKI, Finland –– The World Championship home-ice curse has been well documented through the years. After all, it's been 25 years since the host team has won World Championship gold, with some excellent teams having tried their hands at breaking the curse.

In all, only six host teams -- and two host nations -- have won the World Championship title: Czechoslovakia (1947, 1972, and 1985) and the Soviet Union (1973, 1979, and 1986).

Swedes, Russians favorites in Stockholm group

Thursday, 05.03.2012 / 10:37 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Michael Langr - NHL.com Correspondent

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Hockey fever hasn't descended on this city just yet, but it is approaching quickly.

Looking around, it's hard to tell it is about to turn into one of the most important places in the hockey world. That begins Friday when Stockholm begins its tenure as host to almost half of the 2012 IIHF World Championship games. The other group -- and medal-round games -- will be played in Helsinki, Finland.

Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena, which holds 13,850 spectators, has already hosted the 1989 and 1995 IIHF World Championship, so the venue is ready.

Knee injury forces Subban to skip Worlds

Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 7:53 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban will not compete at the at the 2012 IIHF World Championship due to a knee injury, the Habs announced Tuesday night.

Canadiens assistant general manager Larry Carrière announced that Subban will be returning to Montreal due to the injury, which would have sidelined him for two weeks. He will be re-evaluated by team doctors.

Americans top Swedes 3-2 in Worlds tune-up

Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 2:21 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

In a game they hope may be indicative of future success at the upcoming IIHF World Championship, Jimmy Howard and Richard Bachman combined to stop 41 shots and the United States beat tournament co-host and defending silver medalist Sweden 3-2 in an exhibition game staged Tuesday at Lakerol Arena in Gävle, about 107 miles north of Stockholm, which will host the World Championship along with Helsinki, Finland.

Staios believes Isles can improve through Worlds

Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 2:03 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

By the time April turns to May, every NHL player wants to be competing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But for players whose seasons ended earlier than hoped, there remains an opportunity to win something -- in this case, a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, which starts May 4 in Helsinki and Stockholm.

For a young New York Islanders team looking to build off a disappointing season, there is one veteran pleased to see some teammates on a number of national-team rosters.

Alfredsson to play for Sweden at World Championship

Monday, 04.30.2012 / 10:07 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is unsure about his NHL future, but he does know one thing -- he wants to help his home country of Sweden win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Alfredsson told Sweden GM Johan Garpenlov on Sunday -- three days after the Senators had their season ended in a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers -- that he would join the team for the tournament, which runs May 4-20 and will be played in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Rosters announced for World Championship

Saturday, 04.28.2012 / 4:31 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Just days before the 2012 IIHF World Championship kicks off on May 4 in Finland and Sweden, the two countries who met in last year's gold-medal game, the rosters for each team were officially released. As is the case every year, many of the NHL's biggest stars dot the national-team lineups.

While Belarus, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Norway will not feature a single player currently on an NHL roster, the remaining 12 countries have at least some NHL representation. Surprisingly, the defending champion and top-ranked Finns are not among the more star-studded teams. They will have Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars in goal but won't feature a single NHL player on their blue line. Up front, they'll rely on team captain Mikko Koivu (Minnesota) and forward Jussi Jokinen (Carolina). Top prospect Mikael Granlund, who starred for the Finns last year, is also on the roster.

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