IIHF World Championship
-Two goals and an assist by Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin(above, with Sweden defenseman John Klingberg) led Russia past Sweden, 5-3, in a quarterfinal round game in the IIHF World Championship tournament.
-Malkin's first goal:
-Malkin's second goal:
-Down times for Sweden:
-Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin will join Russia.
-Penguins forward/captain Sidney Crosby recorded an assist for Canada which routed Belarus, 9-0.
-Crosby and Canada defenseman Brent Burns had a moment:
-Canada forward Tyler Seguin > Belarus goaltender Kevin Lalande:
-Canada goaltender Mike Smith was all over this puck:
-Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr had two goals and an assist for the Czech Republic in a 5-3 win against Finland.
-A good look at Jagr going to the backhand on Finland goaltender Pekka Rinne:
-Happy times for Czech defenseman Michal Jordan (right), Jagr (center) and defenseman Jan Hejda:
-The Czech Republic crease was crowded:
-Happy times for Czech Republic goaltender Ondrej Pavelec:
-And the rest of his teammates:
-Patriotic times for the Czech Republic:
-Rinne had issues with this puck:
-This one too:
-Everyone had issues here:
-Wild forward Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist for the United States which beat Switzerland, 3-1.
-Happy times for United States forwards Ben Smith (left) and Mark Arcobello, a former Penguin:
-Down times for Switzerland forwards Reto Suri (left) and Julian Walker:
-The semifinal round will be played Saturday. Canada will face the Czech Republic while Russia will square off with the United States.
-“You always have an interest in being able to get to the National Hockey League, but as of now, this is where I’m coaching. This is what my focus has been and nothing has changed. If something comes along the road that makes sense for myself and my family, then that’s something I would consider. But none of that has happened at this point.” - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coach John Hynes on potentially becoming an NHL coach.
-The Discovery Channel had some fun at the Penguins' expense.
Rangers - Lightning
-Lightning forward Ryan Callahan resumed practicing three days after undergoing an appendectomy.
-"Ever since the playoffs started, I just knew it was going to happen. I just felt it. It's ironic for sure." - Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (right) on facing the Rangers, his former team, in the Eastern Conference final.
-“We have a very professional team. I think our guys stay in the moment, stay in the present and focus on what needs to be done. They go out and play and have fun doing it.” - Rangers coach Alain Vigneault describing his team.
-According to Vigneault, Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is “starting to work out." Zuccarello has not played since suffering a head injury in Game 5 of a first-round series with the Penguins.
Ducks - Blackhawks
-Ducks forward Corey Perry skipped practice Thursday. He suffered a suspected leg injury this past Sunday in Game 5 of a second-round series with the Flames. He is expected to be ready for Sunday's Game 1 of the Western Conference final.
-“Personally, I like fewer days off — a couple of days off. But a long period of time — we’ll see. I’m sure nobody likes to wait this long.” - Blackhawks forward and former Penguin Marian Hossa on waiting nine days between games.
Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division
-The Capitals assigned defenseman Nate Schmidt to Hershey of the AHL.
-The Islanders are selling tubes of melted ice from the last game played at Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.
-The Ottawa Senators announced owner Eugene Melnyk is seeking a liver donation. Melnyk, who was absent for muchof the Senators' late run in the regular season and postseason, is currently hospitalized in Toronto.
-“I was still in Florida, I was basically in lockdown in my room. [The biggest symptom] was mostly dizziness, I tried to get up the next day, they tried to work on me and I had like a little mini panic attack. I just wanted to go back and sleep. I slept most of those two days.” - Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (right) revealing the details of a head injury he suffered in April.
-Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry faces an uncertain summer as a pending unrestricted free agent.
-The Canucks signed defenseman Jordan Subban, a fourth-round pick in 2013, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not reported. He is the brother of star Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
-The Ducks signed forward Ondrej Kase, a seventh-round pick in 2014, to a three-year entry-level contract.
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