-David Backes had a goal and an assist for the United States which defeated the Czech Republic, 5-2. Ryan Kesler recorded two assists for the United States while teammate Ryan Suter netted two assists. Jonathan Quick made 21 saves in the victory. Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik were each held without a point for the United States. Ales Hesmky scored two goals for the Czech Republic.
-Confident times for Dan Bylsma:
-Quick being stretchy:
-The handshake line:
-Down times for the Czech Republic's Tomas Plekanec:
-The Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr just hung out at the bench:
-Jagr and the United States' Ryan McDonagh had a collision:
-McDonagh had some love for teammate Phil Kessel:
-The United States' Patrick Kane and the Czech Republic's Martin Hanzal battle for this puck:
-"I'm the beef, Dustin Brown's the pork and [Ryan] Callahan's the chicken, so that's our meat line." - Backes on his line.
-"Everyone on this team realizes you have to play for the team and check your ego at the door. All of us are the top players on our team back home and you come here and you're asked to play different roles. You see everyone in the room, willing to go to the dirty areas, block shots, make hits. It's nice to see when you see a guy like Patty Kane backchecking as hard as he can across the ice. It kind of puts things in perspective." - United States forward Max Pacioretty.
-Carey Price made 15 saves for Canada which edged Latvia, 2-1. Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz were each held without a point for Canada.
-Crosby pushed this puck up ice:
-Focused times for Crosby:
-Crosby shook hands with Latvia's Zemgus Girgensons:
-The handshake line:
-Latvia defenseman Kristaps Sotnieks gave goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis a hand - literally - in stopping this puck:
-Everyone had issues here:
-Price kept an eye on this puck:
-And he stretched out for this one:
-Canada's Jonathan Toews and Latvia's Georgijs Pujacs battled for this puck:
-Latvia's Lauris Darzins was able to beat Price here:
-Canada's Corey Perry gave Gudlevskis a snow shower:
-Latvia captain Sandis Ozolinis gave Gudlevskis a pick-me-up:
-Latvia's Miks Indrasis was upset:
-"It was tough. We had some great chances, and when you're getting chances like that, there's not a lot you would change. It's not like you're going in there, adjusting and trying to figure something out. I think it's just the ultimate test of your patience when you're getting chances like that. You need to find a way to score." - Crosby on this team's limited offense.
-Canada forward John Tavares is expected to miss the rest of the tournament due to a knee injury.
-"That was one of the best goaltending performances I've ever seen." - Price on 21-year-old Latvia goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis who made 55 saves.
-Mikael Granlund and Teemu Selanne each had a goal and an assist for Finland which beat host Russia, 3-1. Tuukka Rask made 37 saves in the win. Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatt were each held without a point for Finland. Evgeni Malkin failed to record a point for Russia.
-Malkin had some... um ... support?
-A couple of good looks of Russia's Sergei Bobrovsky robbing Jokinen:
-Everyone was ready for this faceoff:
-Russia's Pavel Datsyuk had to fend off Selanne for this puck:
-Two great eights. Selanne and Russia's Alex Ovechkin had a moment:
-Rask and teammate Olli Jokinen had a moment:
-Happy times for Finland:
-Happy times for Finland's fans:
-Russia's Semyon Varlamov couldn't stop this puck:
-Varlamov and teammate Vladimir Tarasenko had the wrong view of this puck:
-Down times for Russia's Anton Belov:
-Excited times for Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk:
-"Well, it's difficult to explain why we didn't score, especially the players who usually score a lot in their games, especially Alexander Ovechkin, who scored over 40 goals. I cannot explain so far." - Russia coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov on his team's limited offense.
-“I’m going to have a couple beers, that’s for sure." - Finland defenseman Kimmo Timonen on his postgame plans.
-"Obviously, we'll take the extra motivation we can get. Sweden and Finland, Olympic semifinal, I think we'll be ready to go either way." - Jokinen on Sweden coach Par Marts picking them to lose to Russia. Sweden will meet Finland in the semifinal round.
-Henrik Lundqvist made 19 saves for Sweden in a 5-0 shutout of Slovenia. Carl Hagelin scored two goals for Sweden while teammate Loui Eriksson added a goal and an assist.
-Slovenia's Tomaz Razingar couldn't beat Lundqvist:
-Sweden's Johnny Oduya followed through on this shot:
-Oduya and Slovenia's Bostjan Golicic battled for this puck:
-Happy times for Sweden. Not so much for Slovenia:
-The handshake line:
-Malkin and Slovenia's Robert Kristan had a moment:
-Kristan couldn't stop this shot by Sweden's Loui Eriksson:
-“At the end of the day it always stinks losing. But I think in a couple of hours, when everything sets in, (I’ll) definitely feel a tremendous pride. I’m very proud of the guys. Nobody gave us a chance right off the get go, but we proved everybody wrong yet again. It’s been an awesome experience for every single one of us.” - Slovenia forward Anze Kopitar on his team's surprising run to the quarterfinal round.
-The semifinal round schedule.
-Tomas Vokoun speaks:
-Nick Drazenovic had a goal and two assists for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who lost to the rival Binghamton Senators, 4-3, in overtime. Captain Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 27 saves.
-A goal and two assists by Cody Sylvester led the Wheeling Nailers to a 4-1 road win against the Reading Royals. Carter Rowney netted a goal and an assist for Wheeling while teammate Mike Condon made 30 saves.
-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Jeff Taffe. A free agent signing during the 2007 offseason, Taffe spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2007-08, he appeared in 45 games and scored 12 points. He followed that up in 2008-09 by appearing in eight games and recording two assists. In the 2009 offseason, he joined the Panthers as a free agent. In 53 games with the Penguins, Taffe scored 14 points. He is currently a member of the Hershey Bears of the AHL.
-Happy 30th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney (right). A first-round pick in 200, Whitney spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. As a rookie in 2005-06, Whitney played in 68 games and scored 32 points. He followed that up in 2006-07 by setting career-highs in games (81), goals (14), assists (45) and points (59). In that spring's postseason, he appeared in five games and recorded two points. During 2007-08, Whitney played in 76 games and scored 40 points. He saw action in 20 postseason games that spring and scored eight points while helping the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final. After 28 games and 13 points in 2008-09, Whitney was traded to the Ducks in exchange for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi. In 253 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 150 points, 57th-most in franchise history. In 25 career postseason games, he scored eight points. He is currently a member of the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.
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-The Devils recalled defenseman Jon Merrill from Albany of the AHL.
-The Red Wings recalled forwards Riley Sheahan, Cory Emmerton, Teemu Pulkkinen and defenseman Adam Almquist from Grand Rapids of the AHL.
-Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (right) resumed practicing. He has been sidelined since October due to a hip ailment.
-The Wild recalled defenseman Jonathon Blum and forward Jake Dowell from Iowa of the AHL.
-The Kings recalled forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey from Manchester of the AHL.
-The Flames recalled goaltender Joni Ortio and defenseman Derek Smith from Abbotsford of the AHL.
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