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2012 World Junior Championship

Russia routs Latvia 14-0 at WJC

Friday, 12.30.2011 / 12:31 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Russia had been waiting for fireworks from captain Yevgeni Kuznetsov. When he finally delivered, the display didn’t disappoint.

After failing to get on the scoresheet in his club’s first two games, Kuznetsov exploded for nine points as Russia routed Latvia 14-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.

Kuznetsov, Russia’s only returning player from last year’s gold medal winning squad, finished with three goals and six assists. He ended up one shy of tying Peter Forsberg’s record for points in a World Junior Championship game when he put up 10 against Japan in 1992.
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Canada rolls over Denmark 10-2

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 11:15 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- The last time Don Hay was coach of the Canadian National Junior Team was 16 years ago. That was also the first time in history that the country finished unbeaten at the World Junior Championship en route to its third of five straight gold medals.
 
Hay is at the helm again this year and, by all indications, it looks as if he'll settle for nothing less than seven straight victories on home soil.
 
The Canadians received goals from eight players en route to a 10-2 victory against Denmark on Thursday in Group B preliminary-round play at Rexall Place. The victory, a tune-up for Saturday night's showdown with the United States, was the third straight for Canada. It has outscored the opposition, 23-3.
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Jensen, Denmark know what's in store vs. Canada

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 5:39 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- What are the odds Denmark beats Canada in Thursday's preliminary-round matchup in the 2012 World Junior Championship?
 
A silly question, eh? Still, as ridiculous as the inquiry might be, it's exactly what makes this tournament so intriguing and delightful to watch. On occasion there is an opportunity to applaud the underdog and provide just the encouragement needed in what could be considered a helpless situation.
 
For the Danish National Junior Team, being placed in Group B with Canada, the U.S., Czech Republic and Finland didn't exactly bring visions of gold medals. Then again, it didn't matter.
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Gibson takes the blame for U.S. loss

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 7:35 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON - It certainly wasn't the debut goalie John Gibson of the U.S. National Junior Team would have envisioned.
 
To his credit, Gibson took sole responsibility for his team's upset defeat at the hands of a more determined Finland squad during a 4-1 setback in Group B of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Wednesday before 14,000 at Rexall Place.
 
In addition to yielding three unanswered goals in the third period when the Finns outshot their opponent, 18-15, Gibson was whistled for an ill-advised interference penalty just 15 seconds after his club was given the man advantage and the game tied, 1-1.
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Finland strikes for three in third to upset U.S.

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 6:11 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- The Finnish National Junior Team pulled off the first upset of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship on Wednesday when it scored a monumental 4-1 victory over Team USA in Group B action before 14,000 at Rexall Place.

The young Finns proved to be quite the resilient group. After watching the U.S. pull into a 1-1 tie just 19 seconds into the third period, Joel Armia and Mikael Granlund connected just 29 seconds apart at the midway mark to give the Finns a 3-1 lead before Armia closed out the scoring with his second of the game with 3:33 remaining.
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Late-bloomer Stone showing he's a draft bargain

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 11:21 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- It's hard to believe Mark Stone fell to the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round of the 2010 Entry Draft.
 
Was it the fact he was coming off an injury-plagued 28-point season with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings in 2009-10? The 6-foot-2 1/2, 206-pound wing wasn't even among the top 100 skaters in North America when NHL Central Scouting revealed its final draft list that year -- he was No. 119.
 
"It's funny how the draft works … Freddie Hamilton was a late fifth-round pick and has been unbelievable the last two years [in Niagara]," said Ryan Strome, a 2011 first-round pick of the New York Islanders and a teammate of Stone's on Canada's entry in the 2012 World Junior Championship.
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Watch USA-Finland on Network, NHL.com live stream

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 10:27 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

NHL.com

Fresh off an 11-3 victory over Denmark in its opening game at the World Junior Championship, the United States will take on Finland this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET and the game can be viewed both on the NHL Network and streaming live on NHL.com in the United States.

Below is the complete remaining broadcast schedule for the World Juniors, which take place through Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Calgary:

2012 IIHF World Junior Championship - NHL Network-U.S. Broadcast Schedule

Date Game Time (EST)
Wed., Dec. 28 Finland vs. USA 3:30 p.m.
Czech Republic vs. Canada 8 p.m.
Thurs., Dec. 29 Canada vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic vs. USA 3:30 p.m.
Finland vs. Denmark 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 31 USA vs. Canada 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinal #1 5 p.m.
Quarterfinal #2 9 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 3 Semifinal #1 5 p.m.
Semifinal #2* 9 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game 3:30 p.m.
Gold-Medal Game 8 p.m.
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Smith-Pelly doesn't regret shot block that led to injury

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 5:52 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

EDMONTON -- Devante Smith-Pelly was asked on Tuesday if he now regrets going down to block the haymaker off the stick Finland's Teemu Pulkkinen in the second period of an eventual 8-1 victory at Rexall Place in Team Canada's opener of the 2012 World Junior Championship.
 
As you might expect, he doesn't. In fact, he'd do it again if he could turn back the clock.
 
"I don't regret it," Smith-Pelly, who was aided by crutches and a walking boot on his left foot, told the media. "You never know what could have happened on that shot. The game was close at that point. Who knows what would have happened if it went in. I don't regret blocking it at all. That's a part of my game and injuries happen."
 
To his credit, even after the puck broke the bone in his left foot, he made an attempt to stay on the ice. The pain, however, was just too excruciating.
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Russia shuts out Swiss in WJC opener

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 12:16 AM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- If you're Andrei Vasilevski, it was the perfect performance to start your World Junior Championship career.

If you're anyone else on Team Russia, there is room for improvement.

Vasilevski was stellar in his first World Juniors contest, kicking out 40 shots en route to a 3-0 shutout victory against Switzerland at the Scotiabank Saddledome in the opening game of the World Junior Championships for both teams.
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Sweden overcomes Latvia in 9-4 win

Monday, 12.26.2011 / 8:31 PM / 2012 World Junior Championship

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- It might've been more of a test than Sweden was looking for in its World Junior Championship opener against Latvia on Boxing Day.

But once the Swedes were able to work out the bugs in their tournament opener in front of a decidedly pro-Latvian crowd at the Scotiabank Saddledome, they earned a 9-4 victory.

From the onset of the game, Sweden had problems pulling away from Latvia, who were promoted to the tournament after winning the 2011 Division I Group A World Juniors a year ago in Belarus. 
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