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Canada captures gold at World Championships

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
MAY 17
CANADA GOLDEN

Claude Giroux scored a goal and an assist, and Sean Couturier also added an assist as Canada went a perfect 10-0-0 and won gold at the 2015 IIHF World Championships with a 6-1 win over Russia on Sunday.

Giroux finished the tournament with three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 10 games, while Couturier also had three goals and added four helpers for seven points in 10 games for Canada.

Brayden Schenn appeared in two games, scoring once, as Canada captured gold for the first time since 2007, and first medal of any kind since silver in 2009.

Watch Giroux’s goal in the gold medal game below…



 Jakub Voracek and the Czech Republic fell short in the bronze medal game earlier in the day, falling 3-0 to the United States. Voracek also finished the tournament with 10 points (3g-7a) in 10 games, both career highs for him in international play.


MAY 16


GOING FOR GOLD
Canada scored just two goals in their semifinal match against the Czech Republic but that’s all they needed as they shut out the host country, 2-0, on Saturday.

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier were held scoreless in the game, but each posted three shots on goal. Taylor Hall and Jason Spezza provided the tallies, while Mike Smith stopped all 23 shots he faced for the victory.

The Canadians will be going for their first gold medal at the IIHF World Championships since 2004, which coincidentally also took place in Prague and Ostrava.

To capture gold, they will have to defeat Russia, who also posted a shutout in the other semifinal, recording a 4-0 victory, with all four goals coming in the third period, over Team USA.

Russia looks to capture it’s second straight gold medal at the World Championships and third in the last four years.

The gold medal game will take place at 2:45 a.m. ET.

Jakub Voracek and the Czech team will now face off against the US in the early game on Sunday for the bronze medal at 10:15 a.m. ET.


MAY 14


CANADA-CZECH SHOWDOWN
The Quarterfinal round is in the books and the easiest path to the semi’s came from Canada’s 9-0 win over Belarus in the  morning game.

Canada has now scored 58 goals through eight games at Worlds and reaches the semifinals for the first time since 2009.

Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin led the way with a hat trick, while San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns posted a four-point game with a pair of goals and assists.

On the Flyers front, Claude Giroux kept up his point-per-game pace by adding a primary assist on Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly’s goal. Giroux has eight points (2g-6a) in eight games, which matches his international career-high set back in 2013. Giroux now has 16 points (5g-11a) in 16 career games at the World Championships.

Sean Couturier also recorded an assist in the contest, giving him six points in eight games at his first World Championship appearance.

Looking to knock off the Canadian machine will be the host country, Czech Republic, who mounted a come from behind, 5-3 win over Finland.

Jakub Voracek recorded two assists in the contest, including a great set-up to Jaromir Jagr on the power play in the second period to tie the game at 2-2.

Voracek now has 10 points (3g-7a) through eight games.

The showdown between the Czech Republic and Canada will take place on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. ET. Winner advances to the gold medal game on Sunday.

Team USA took a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, eliminating Mark Streit from the international competition. The U.S. will face off against Russia, who advanced with a 5-3 victory over Sweden, and will now have Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in the line-up.
Switzerland captain Mark Streit finished the World Championships with two assists in eight games.



























MAY 13

ELIMINATION ROUND BEGINS; BRACKETS SET
The preliminary round for the 2015 IIHF World Championships are over and five Flyers remain in the hunt for the gold medal.

Team Canada sits in the top spot after going a perfect 7-0-0 in the tournament thus far. They averaged seven goals per-game in the tournament, producing 49 goals in just seven contests, while allowing just 14 goals against, which was also a tournament best.


Claude Giroux averaged a point-per-game with two goals and five assists for seven points in seven games, while posting a +8 rating. Sean Couturier had a good prelim round as well. He added three goals and two assists for five points in seven games.

Brayden Schenn entered the lineup late in the tournament and added one goal in two games played. Watch his snipe against Austria below…

Checking in with Team USA, although there are no Flyers on the squad, they finished atop of Group B with a 6-1-0 record and will take on Mark Streit and Switzerland, who went 2-1-4, in the Quarterfinals. Streit posted two assists in seven games, bringing his World Championship experience to 88 career games played for the Swiss.

The Czech Republic earned a shootout win in their preliminary round finale, taking a 2-1 decision over Switzerland with Jakub Voracek and Streit going head to head. Streit posted an assist on Switzerland’s lone goal, while Voracek tallied a highlight reel shootout goal. Watch it below…

Captain of the Czechs, Voracek and company finished with a 5-1-1 record and will now take on Finland in the quarterfinals on Thursday in the late evening game in Prague. The Finnish team posted a record of 6-1-0 and had the tournament’s best penalty kill going a perfect 16-for-16 in seven games. They also had the third-best power play at 24 percent, going 6-for-25.

Should the Czechs and Canada get by their quarterfinal matches, they will meet in the semifinals, set for this Saturday. The two nations played each other in the preliminary round with Canada taking a 6-3 victory.

The bronze and gold medal games are slated for Sunday, May 17.

The tournament is at an end for two Flyers. Michael Raffl and Austria did not qualify for the elimination round. Raffl finished with three points (1g-2a) which tied for the team lead. Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen posted one assist while appearing in all seven games for Denmark.



MAY 8

VORACEK’S BREAKAWAY BEAUTY
The Flyers leading point producer is coming through for his native country again. Jakub Voracek finished off a great play immediately into the third period of the Czech Republic’s 4-0 win over Austria.

Watch Voracek’s receive a long pass off a face off and split the Austrian defense to go in all alone and score to make it 4-0…


MAY 6

SEAN COUTURIER SCORES vs. SWEDEN
Watch Sean Couturier score on a great tip-in deflection past net minder Anders Nilsson in the second period of Canada’s 6-4 win over Sweden.

Couturier’s goal capped a comeback from an 0-3 hole facing Canada after the first period to tie it up at 3-3.

Claude Giroux went scoreless in the game, as did Brayden Schenn who made his first appearance in the line up in this year’s World Championships.

Canada would go on to win the contest 6-4 to remain undefeated in the tournament. Watch Couturier’s goal below…


MAY 5


GIROUX, CANADA ROLLING
Through four days of the IIHF World Championships some Flyers are off to a hot start. Claude Giroux has four points for Team Canada recording a goal and three assists to help them off to a 3-0-0 record.

Giroux, playing on a line with Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis and Stars’ Tyler Seguin, posted three of his four points in a 10-0 rout of Germany on Sunday.

Watch Giroux set up defenseman Aaron Ekblad for a goal and then score one of his own against Germany on Sunday. WATCH BELOW...


Monday’s slate saw Flyers teammates going against each other. Jakub Voracek’s Czech Republic team took on Giroux and Sean Couturier for Team Canada.

Canada stormed out to a 2-0 lead, but their lead was quickly erased after two goals from the host country. Couturier put Canada back on top with his first career World Championship goal 1:55 later as Canada would go on to a 6-3 victory. Giroux recorded an assist in the game.

Watch the highlight of Couturier's goal BELOW...


Canada has now outscored their opponent 22 to 4 through the first three games of the championships.

As for Voracek, he has seen steady ice-time playing alongside Arizona’s Martin Erat as well as Vladimir Sobotka, who combined have eight points in the tournament through the first three games. Voracek has four points (1g-3a) in three games.

The Czechs began the tournament in exciting fashion, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the third period, but dropped a 6-5 shootout decision to Sweden. Voracek had two assists and scored in the shootout in the loss.

He also tallied his first goal of the Championships as the Czechs bounced back to take a 4-2 win over Latvia in their next game. WATCH BELOW...


Perhaps the most exciting game of the tournament for a Flyer was Michael Raffl and Mark Streit going against each other in the opening game.

Leading up until the last minute, the Swiss gave up a 3-2 lead when Raffl scored the game-tying goal with 50 seconds remaining to force overtime and an eventual shootout, which was won by Austria. Mark Streit logged over 23 minutes of ice time for Switzerland, who bounced back for a 3-1 win over France on Sunday.

Tuesday's action will see both Streit and Raffl in action as the Swiss take on Germany, while Austria faces off against France. Defenseman Oliver Lauridsen and Denmark (0-1-1) will take on Belarus as well.


APRIL 27


VORACEK TO CAPTAIN CZECHS
Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has been named captain of the Czech Republic national team for the 2015 World Championships. This is Voracek’s first time serving as captain.

The leading scorer for the Flyers enters his fourth World Championships, which are set to open on May 1.


APRIL 24



Two more Flyers will be competing in the World Championships in the Czech Republic as defensemen Mark Streit has been added to the Swiss Team and Oliver Lauridsen will play for Denmark.

SWITZERLAND (Mark Streit)
Streit will be playing for the Swiss team at Worlds for the 13th time in his career, not counting four Olympic Winter Games as well as two appearances in the World Junior Championships (1996 & 1997).

He will face off against Flyers teammate Michael Raffl in the first game of the tournament on May 2 at the O2 arena in Prague.

Streit has played in a total of 81 games in the World Championships for Switzerland, recording 10 goals and 30 assists for 40 points to go along with 56 penalty minutes.

DENMARK (Oliver Lauridsen)
Phantoms and Flyers blueliner Oliver Lauridsen is also off to the Czech Republic to play for Denmark. It is his third straight appearance for Denmark in the World Championships where he has played 14 games, going scoreless and recording 20 penalty minutes.

MORE PLAYERS?
Throughout the tournament teams can add up to 25 players on their official roster, which includes 22 skaters and three goaltenders. The minimum for the tournament is 15 skaters and two goalies. The remaining players up to the allowed maximum of 22 + 3 must be submitted for players' control two hours before any of the following championship games.

Players can be added throughout the tournament until the roster is full.


APRIL 23


The International Ice Hockey Federation will kick off the 2015 World Championships next week in the Czech Republic and for a handful of Flyers, hockey is far from over.

TEAM CANADA (Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux & Brayden Schenn)
Flyers captain Claude Giroux will be joined by teammates Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn Hockey Canada announced as part of their roster. This is Giroux’s second time representing Team Canada at the World Championships and first since 2013 when he posted eight points (3g-5a) in eight games.

Giroux has also appeared in one World Junior Tournament for Hockey Canada, helping the team win a gold medal in 2008 with the tournament also being held in the Czech Republic.

It will be the second straight Worlds appearance for Brayden Schenn, who tallied three goals and four points in seven games in his first appearance last year. Schenn also has World Junior experience, earning a silver medal in 2010.

Couturier is a newcomer to the World stage as a professional and will be representing Team Canada for the first time since the World Junior Tournament in 2011 when he also helped Canada to a silver medal.

AUSTRIA (Michael Raffl)
After posting a career high 21 goals in his second NHL season, Michael Raffl will look to continue his successful season with the Austrian Team. This is Raffl’s first appearance in the World Championships, but not first time representing his country. Raffl posted three points (1g-2a) in four games at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

CZECH REPUBLIC (Jakub Voracek)
This year’s World Championships is perhaps more important to Flyers leading scorer Jakub Voracek than any other Flyer. Voracek will be competing in the tournament for the fourth time, but first in his home country.

Voracek recorded six assists and seven points in seven games in his last appearance in 2013 and has a total of 12 points (2g-10a) in 26 games in the World Championships.

He has also represented the Czech Republic in the 2014 Olympics as well as the 2008 World Junior Championships which were held in his home country. In that year, he competed against now teammates Claude Giroux, Luke Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and Steve Mason, who was the tournament’s MVP.

WHEN & WHERE
Canada opens the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship against Latvia on May 1. It will also face Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland in preliminary round play.

The Czech Republic will open up against Sweden on May 1, while Austria will begin a day later when they face off against the Swiss on May 2.

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