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  1. Finland - Canada 4-0, prior to this Canada played...

    Finland - Canada 4-0, prior to this Canada played in the IHWC...

    ...16 games without losing. Last loss in 2014 QF vs. Finland 2-3
    ...32 games without losing in regulation against non-Finnish...
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    Poll: Ever heard the saying: "History repeats itself" ?...

    Ever heard the saying: "History repeats itself" ?

    1995 IHWC in Sweden -> Finland wins their first gold
    2002 IHWC in Sweden -> Slovakia wins their first gold
    2013 IHWC in Sweden -> Switzerland in...
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    Poll: Either Switzerland wins their first gold medal...

    Either Switzerland wins their first gold medal ever or Sweden breaks the home ice curse. I am whole-heartedly wishing for the first and after watching today's games I actually believe the Swiss will...
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    Poll: The better team won but I am disappointed in the...

    The better team won but I am disappointed in the Finnish performance. They seemed very weak today, especially Kontiola line was getting little done. Maybe it was Sweden making Finland look bad, but I...
  5. Poll: Especially Kovalchuk lost it a couple of times....

    Especially Kovalchuk lost it a couple of times. He got ejected for that suckerpunch on Pesonen but that was after Pesonen tried to hit him first (though Kovy threw about 20 cross checks at Pesonen...
  6. An absolutely stellar show by the Hungarians! A...

    An absolutely stellar show by the Hungarians! A 4-1 (SOG: 35-11) loss to Canada in this tournament is a result any team but USA would be happy to have. Take a look at Team Canada's results from last...
  7. Sticky: Finnish numbers. First the average viewers and in...

    Finnish numbers. First the average viewers and in parentheses the peak viewers.

    Finland - Belarus 1 180 000 (1 390 000)
    Finland - Slovakia 1 220 000 (1 500 000)
    Finland - Switzerland 1 280 000...
  8. Sticky: The tournament will end tomorrow and of course...

    The tournament will end tomorrow and of course there are two possible ways it can go. Without going into probabilities, they are both quite remarkable. Will the champion be?

    A) Unbeaten Russia....
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    France has already played against Canada, USA and...

    France has already played against Canada, USA and most importantly, Finland. Also France-Kazakhstan had higher-than-normal attendance since that was the game where the fans organized a protest...
  10. And the small thing that MTV3 is actually...

    And the small thing that MTV3 is actually broadcasting the games in Finnish instead of brokenly spoken English...

    To be honest, it has been many a year now that I have thought that MTV3 are in the...
  11. I wouldn't be surprised if the Finnish MTV3 was...

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Finnish MTV3 was one of the major forces behind this IIHF delay. I am sure they have voiced their dismay in the free alternative to their service. MTV3 has approximated...
  12. Not a lifetime but a good while still. However it...

    Not a lifetime but a good while still. However it was the closest any team has gotten in ten years. Commendable effort.
  13. Thanks a lot! So Czechoslovakia holds the record...

    Thanks a lot! So Czechoslovakia holds the record and Finland was less than half an hour away yesterday.
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    I like this format too. There are a few more...

    I like this format too. There are a few more games against weaker hockey nations but I don't mind that. This format is much easier to understand for those who are not hockey enthusiasts. I believe...
  15. Longest shutout streaks to start an IHWC tournament

    Finland started the 2012 IHWC with a 145 minute 44 second shutout streak which ended with Andreas Ambühl scoring for Switzerland yesterday. I looked back into past tournaments and found the following...
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    Ottawa Sun has also reported of the pricing...

    Ottawa Sun has also reported of the pricing issues.

    Top comments by Team Canada GM Kevin Lowe:

    "The people in charge of pricing completely missed the market"

    "The Finns won the gold last...
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    Those packages only came out for two games:...

    Those packages only came out for two games: Finland-France and Finland-Kazakhstan. For example the cheapest ticket for Slovakia-Kazakhstan is 70 €... That's as much as the cheapest ticket to the...
  18. Poll: This is easily circumvented. Download the youtube...

    This is easily circumvented. Download the youtube unblocker plug-in. Works at least on Firefox and Chrome and probably can find one for Explorer too. The only thing is that (at least for me) the...
  19. Sticky: That's not the ranking you should be looking at....

    That's not the ranking you should be looking at. It is the 2011 ranking and thus already outdated. The Pre-Champ ranking can be found here. So it is:

    SWI 1990
    GER 1985
    NOR 1960
    SVK 1940

    One...
  20. Belarus scores twice in 60 seconds to grab a 2-0...

    Belarus scores twice in 60 seconds to grab a 2-0 lead. Only to see Kazakhstan score thrice in 51 seconds a few minutes later. Both teams changed goalies before there was 10 minutes on the clock
    ...
  21. Congrats Switzerland! Finally there has been a...

    Congrats Switzerland! Finally there has been a definite rise in nations behind Finland and Sweden. Switzerland, Russia and Germany especially have gotten to the level where they are always tough...
  22. I have to point out Hungarian Alexandra Huszak...

    I have to point out Hungarian Alexandra Huszak (1995) who is having a heck of an international season. Hungary played in Women's U18 Div I qualifyings in November and won the tournament with Huszak...
  23. Thread: Big Bang

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    In many ways a very good plan. Something like...

    In many ways a very good plan. Something like this could definitely work.

    However, the season would be 65 games long. That's longer than any European league season at the moment (I believe...
  24. Poll: If Philadelphia wins: - Marian Hossa will have...

    If Philadelphia wins:
    - Marian Hossa will have lost the SC finals in three different teams in three consecutive years

    If Chicago wins:
    - Ville Leino will have lost the SC finals in two different...
  25. Lots is still uncertain but some things have...

    Lots is still uncertain but some things have already been decided (this before the two evening games of Day 11):

    - the winner of Switzerland-Sweden will win Group F
    - Belarus cannot reach the...
  26. Assuming that Italy won't get points from USA: ...

    Assuming that Italy won't get points from USA:

    IF

    Kazakhstan beats France 1-0
    Italy will not be relegated

    Kazakhstan beats France 2-1
    The team that lost with the smallest goal difference...
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    I agree that this proposition wouldn't work....

    I agree that this proposition wouldn't work. There would be no interest for the EU team. Likely most top players from Finland, Sweden, Czech R. etc. wouldn't be interested to play for such a team....
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    Poll: 19.4. Semifinals, Game 6

    TPS Turku (6) - JYP Jyväskylä (1) 6-1 (2-0,4-1,0-0)
    02:54 1-0 Tomas Plihal (Markus Nordlund,Antti Erkinjuntti)
    18:35 2-0 Jens Skålberg (Michal Birner,Tuomas Suominen) PP
    25:06 2-1 Mikko...
  29. Thread: Great Goal

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    Found it! Risto Mattila scored it in A-junior...

    Found it! Risto Mattila scored it in A-junior playoffs. What makes this even cooler is that he did it from full speed skating. He is not even a forward but a d-man.
    ...
  30. I am not sure but the pecking order has been from...

    I am not sure but the pecking order has been from the beginning: 1. Aittokallio 2. Iilahti 3. Gibson. With Aittokallio out Iilahti has got his chance and so far he is playing well. The plan was...
  31. Thread: Great Goal

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    Nice! There was a similar goal scored in one of...

    Nice! There was a similar goal scored in one of the Finnish junior league playoff games but I can't find a video of it.

    However there was one amazing goal scored in the SM-Liiga playoffs that...
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    Poll: In 2006 HPK faced Ässät in the finals. HPK had...

    In 2006 HPK faced Ässät in the finals. HPK had finished 3rd in regular season and Ässät 5th so that was a pretty unexpected pairing too.

    It's ok to use this thread for conversation. If it starts...
  33. Finland might have to cancel two practice games...

    Finland might have to cancel two practice games against Denmark next week. The situation will be assessed on Monday and if flights are not guaranteed, the games will be cancelled. If the situation...
  34. I am not exactly a hockey historian but I don't...

    I am not exactly a hockey historian but I don't remember Canada missing the playoff phase and ending up in the relegation EVER in ANY IIHF World Championship. Could this be the first?
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    Poll: 17.4. Semifinals, Game 5

    JYP Jyväskylä (1) - TPS Turku (6) 1-2 (0-2,1-0,0-0)
    01:40 0-1 Antti Halonen (Michal Birner,Tuomas Suominen) PP
    06:06 0-2 Markus Nordlund (Ville Vahalahti,Ilari Filppula) PP
    33:26 1-2 Ossi...
  36. No. If Switzerland and Canada are tied in points...

    No. If Switzerland and Canada are tied in points after the games have been played, then Switzerland advances as the mutual game is the first tiebreaker. To sum it up: Canada needs to get more points...
  37. A quirky little stat: Even though Estonia was...

    A quirky little stat:

    Even though Estonia was supreme and Israel was the communal punching bag in this tourney, Israel scored 60% of the goals Estonia suffered.
  38. There is one difference between CHL and European...

    There is one difference between CHL and European pro leagues. CHL is not affiliated with a hockey federation and as a rogue league has no obligation to let their players play in IIHF tournaments. If...
  39. By the way, Mikael Granlund now has more assists...

    By the way, Mikael Granlund now has more assists in U18 world championships than any other player in history, 17. Belarus's Konstantin Zakharov was the previous leader at 16.
  40. Here is an amateur highlight reel. Doesn't...

    Here is an amateur highlight reel. Doesn't include the Russian goals though :c089:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/spielperi#p/u/0/MfbgklJV2h4
  41. And it really was. I wish I could watch these...

    And it really was. I wish I could watch these games. This game was very delightful because Finland found scoring power also outside the top line (well, Pulkkinen did score his usual modest two...
  42. Interesting list, I have added the current status...

    Interesting list, I have added the current status of each players participation in the tournament (if known). I am probably missing some though.
  43. The two young players that are in the World...

    The two young players that are in the World Championship speculation are Mikael Granlund and Sami Vatanen (-91, playing for JYP in SML playoffs). With the multitude of players we will be missing,...
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    Poll: 15.4. Semifinals, Game 4

    TPS Turku (6) - JYP Jyväskylä (1) 4-3 OT (1-1,0-1,2-1,1-0)
    05:34 1-0 Jarkko Hattunen (Marko Virtala,Joonas Järvinen)
    11:15 1-1 Sami Vatanen (Tuomas Vänttinen,Steve Kariya) DP
    34:40 1-2 Ossi...
  45. Finland beat Slovakia 2-5. The top line was on...

    Finland beat Slovakia 2-5. The top line was on fire again with Teemu Pulkkinen (2+2), Mikael Granlund (2+1) and Joonas Donskoi (0+3). Finland played again with Jonathan Iilahti in net. This is due to...
  46. The following players will not join Finland for...

    The following players will not join Finland for various reasons: Mikko Koivu, Niklas Hagman, Jere Lehtinen, Sean Bergenheim, Joni Pitkänen, Miikka Kiprusoff, Antero Niittymäki

    Also Teemu Selänne...
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    Poll: 14.4. Semifinals, Game 3

    JYP Jyväskylä (1) - TPS Turku (6) 4-0 (2-0,1-0,1-0)
    15:36 1-0 Sami Vatanen (Kalle Koskinen) PP
    16:14 2-0 Olli Sipiläinen (Filip Riska,Antti Jaatinen)
    37:59 3-0 Mikko Hakkarainen (Sami Vatanen) PP...
  48. Switzerland has another good start in the game...

    Switzerland has another good start in the game against USA. Few minutes left in the first period and the game is tied 1-1. The Swiss took the lead first but lost it only 27 seconds later. USA has...
  49. You are missing Markus Granlund's assist on the...

    You are missing Markus Granlund's assist on the 7th goal. You should also discern between the two brothers Mikael and Markus. The four assists in the first six goals are all Mikael's.


    You...
  50. Jussi Jokinen will join Team Finland. Curious...

    Jussi Jokinen will join Team Finland. Curious that the only major Finnish NHL player left out of the olympic team is the first to confirm his participation in the worlds.
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