Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Canada looks for Quarter Final success at the World Championships

Canada has its eyes focused on a Gold medal as second round action at the World Hockey Championships gets underway on Thursday.

The Canadians compiled a record of 6 and 1 in the preliminary round, the only blemish a Shoot out loss to a surprisingly strong Swiss squad back on May 5th.  The majority of Canada's games were close contests, with  just a goal or two as a buffer along the way. The only real blow out of the opening round a 7-1 victory over Norway on May 7th.

After a two day rest, the Canadians meet up with Sweden in their Quarterfinal match, a good draw for the Canadian squad, as Canada recorded their only shut out of the opening round against the Swedes a 3-0 victory on May 9th.

Still with the tournament on Swedish and Finnish ice, the home side squads will be highly motivated to move forward towards the Gold medal game of the weekend. As well, with the early exit of some NHL teams from the playoffs, a Euro Airlift is underway to shore up the rosters, with the Vancouver Canuck's Henrik and Daniel Sedin arriving just in time for Thursday show down.

Game time on TSN is 2:15 PM ET/11:15 AM PT

The USA will open up the day's IIHF action as they face off against the Russian squad
Update: The USA defeated the Russians 8-3

TSN World Championship Website

You can review all of the results from the 2013 IIHF Championships from our archive page here.

Some notes on the tournament and Thursday's game in particular can be found below.

May 15-- Canada plots Sedins strategy for world hockey championship quarter-final
May 15-- PK Subban Accepting Team Canada invitation a no-brainer
May 15-- The Utlimate Swedish Debate: Mats Sundin or Peter Forsberg?
May 15-- Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith goes international
May 14-- Alex Ovechkin to join Russia at world hockey championship
May 14-- Mike Smith is making a case for Canada's Olympic team
May 14-- Canada gets host Sweden as quarter-final opponent at hockey worlds
May 13-- Long awaited Maple Leafs inspired trip to Sweden happens at worst possible playoff moment
May 13-- P K Subban to join Canada at world hockey championship
May 13-- Canada needs OT to beat last place Slovenia at hockey worlds
May 12-- Team Canada finishes their Czechs
May 12-- Canada clinches quarter final berth at world hockey championship by beating Czech Republic
May 10-- Canada cruises to top of men's hockey worlds with win over Belarus
May 10-- Russia's descent at hockey worlds continues with loss to Finland
May 9-- Mike Smith shuts out Sweden as Canada moves up at hockey worlds
May 8-- Canada's rookie defencemen learning as they go at hockey worlds
May 7-- Steven Stamkos does it all for Canada at hockey worlds
May 5-- Canada falls to Switzerland in shootout at men's hockey worlds
May 4-- Matt Duchene leads Canada in win over Denmark at world hockey championship
May 2-- Aftermath of NHL lockout could slow some teams at hockey worlds

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