No medals for Team Canada or Subban at world championship

P.K. Subban’s stay at the World Hockey Championship in Sweden was a short one.

Team Canada lost 3-2 in a shootout to Sweden in the quarterfinals Thursday, marking the fourth straight year Canada will return home without a medal after losing in the quarterfinal round. It was the only game Subban played for Team Canada, joining the squad late after the Canadiens were eliminated in the first round of the NHL postseason.

Three other Canadiens players will take part in Saturday’s semifinals. Alex Galchenyuk, who scored a goal, and prospect Danny Kristo are part of the United States team that beat Russia 8-3 in the quarterfinals, while Raphael Diaz is on the Switzerland team that beat Tomas Plekanec and the Czech Republic 2-1.

Finland will play Sweden in Saturday’s semifinals (8:45 a.m., TSN, RDS), while Switzerland takes on the United States (12:45 p.m., TSN).

Sweden’s Fredrik Pettersson scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout Thursday against Canada with a slapshot from the slot. Subban was held off the scoresheet while logging 23:39 of ice time.

(Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

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257 Comments

  1. Anderson: .941
    Rask: .929
    Lundqvist: .926
    Crawford: .926
    Niemi: .924
    Howard:.923
    Vokoun: .919
    Quick: .902

    Bottom line, if Carey Price has a defensive core like the above teams, Carey could be Montreal’s greatest goaltender of all time. Awesome for the Canadiens! Carey Carey Carey

    WOW I bet right now Vezina and Plante are Carey’s biggest cheerleaders.

    You may no return to HIO’s regular scheduled programming. :lol:

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  2. HabFanSince72 says:

    Rumours are not true. Rob Ford would be the only morbidly obese cocaine user in medical history.

  3. HabinBurlington says:

    Hard to argue with the 3 nominations for Coach of the Year.

    Chicago had one of the greatest seasons ever, % wise.
    Anaheim also had a great season, and Ottawa survived tremendous adversity.

    A case could be made for Therrien, but only 3 can be nominated.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Ottawa were middle of the pack and only made the playoffs thanks to incredible goaltending.

    • Mattyleg says:

      Egh.
      I always hate the idea of giving Coach of the Year to a coach who has a ton of star players at his disposal.
      Especially as a result of sucking as hard as Chicago did.

      I’d put Therrien there instead of Quenneville.

      Mind you, they’ll probably give Bergevin the GM of the Year, even though in my opinion the team’s success is more the result of Therrien.

      —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Mike D says:

      Mornin Burly.
      Agreed it’s hard to overlook JQ in Chicago considering they had one of the greatest seasons in the modern era, BUT, looking at their line-up, how could they not be an elite team? Most HIOers could likely coach them to a President’s Trophy.

      I agree with Boudreau and the Fat Bug-Eyed Walrus getting the nod for the same reasons you mention, but thought MT should have been among them considering the parallels of Boudreau/Ducks to MT/Habs.

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    • Cal says:

      Hope Quenneville gets it. Hope the Walrus is eaten by a polar bear.

  4. HabFanSince72 says:

    Regular season save percentages of the remaining goalies

    Anderson: .941
    Rask: .929
    Lundqvist: .926
    Crawford: .926
    Niemi: .924
    Howard:.923
    Vokoun: .919
    Quick: .902

    (Quick’s reg season numbers were probably a temporary aberration.)

    • Ozmodiar says:

      I guess the bottom line is, well, the bottom line.
      “Quick: .902″

      So you can win a Cup with a goalie who puts up such numbers.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        No you can’t.

        You can win the cup with a goalie who once put up such numbers, in the regular season.

        In the playoffs Quicks’ save % was .947 last year and .946 this year.

        • Ozmodiar says:

          Okay….let me just tweak this a bit:

          So you can win a Cup with a goalie who puts up such numbers in the regular season.

          Didn’t think the extra little bit was necessary since you had already stated it was the regular season…

  5. frontenac1 says:

    No Booze strike? After I loaded the back of my truck yesterday! They played me like a chump! Oh well, I’m good for another month now anyway. Saludos!

  6. Mike D says:

    What a tool Alex Edler is. Makes a very dangerous hit to a premier player at a tournament that, quite frankly, isn’t all that important.

    And yes, I do realize that he WHC are somewhat relevant, and more so to countries outside NA, but for NHLers like Edler and Staal the Stanley Cup and the Olympics should be the only objectives that really matter.

    - Honestly yours
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  7. Old Bald Bird says:

    My wife and I are celebrating our 44th today in Ottawa. I just asked her if the earth moved for her too. #earthquake

  8. commandant says:

    Earthquake in Toronto!

    Go Habs Go!
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  9. Jarliy says:

    I just noticed that Lapierre is a UFA soon. Do you think we could get him again, in exchange for Armstrong?

    Lapierre is younger, better stats, same price, has a French name, instigates, and is quite a bit grittier.
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    • Hobie Hansen says:

      Armstrong is longer property of Montreal as of July 1st. I don’t think?

      And I wouldn’t take Lapierre back, he’s too much of a clown and doesn’t do a good job of representing the CH.

    • Cal says:

      Considering Armdog is a UFA, no.

      • Jarliy says:

        That’ sort of my point — let Armstrong go, and replace him with Lapierre. He fills the exact same role, but with slightly better stats and is 3 years younger. And the fact that he’s a “clown” has nothing to do with his contribution to the team. If MT can get work with Subban and White, I’m sure Lapierre won’t be a problem.

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  10. Walmyr says:

    …Man…that McDonagh is a good player…the kind of D you would love to have in your team…well…c’est la vie…

    • Les-Habitants says:

      Why oh why couldn’t we have traded David Fischer instead?!

    • Strummer says:

      The same year Habs drafted McDonagh they also drafted Subban and Pacioretty- so it could have been worse.

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  11. 24 Cups says:

    Shout-out to Dave Stubbs or Stu Cowan.

    Could you please take down the final scoreboard outcome against Ottawa. I don’t see the need to keep it up there all summer long.

      • commandant says:

        The Charts wrong because it still includes a number of the “Black Aces” who were called up at the end of the year. They will not make the squad next year.

        The Habs are closer to $6million before the Kaberle buyout.

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        • HabFanSince72 says:

          So we will have $10M with only White to re-sign.

          The LA Kings have $15M! That’s scary.

        • 24 Cups says:

          http://www.capgeek.com/canadiens

          Not wrong, per say, as it really comes down to who will be part of the opening night line-up. Leblanc, Bournival, Pateryn and Beaulieu are listed (as being under contract) but may not be on the team. Kaberle is the amnesty buyout. Tinordi should make it as an Emelin replacement. The team would then still have to add another four salaries from various sources.

          Six major players will have their contracts come due in 2014. That’s when things get interesting. Of course the cap will be higher and some of the UFAs may be cut loose.

          Using the players listed, and subtracting Kaberle, the Habs would have a 23 man roster with 6.5M to spare in cap space. Of course this capgeek list will not be the opening night line-up.

  12. Lafleurguy says:

    “If the glove don’t* fit, you must acquit.” And things have spiraled downhill since then. Annoying to hear the quibbling over “principle” point of contact. If the principle point of contact was the shoulder in a significant hit, then we would be discussing a shoulder injury. Principle does not mean initial. If microseconds before a head hit occurs, a shoulder glances off the injured party’s shoulder, so what? A head injury occured. I feel regret in thinking the OJ jury dumb, when in fact, they’re just like everybody else.

    Carolina must be up in arms. If Eric Staal requires surgery and a long rehab, they are understandably upset; Edler was reckless.
    Peace/Out.

    “May you live in interesting times.”
    *grammaticallywrong

  13. Psycho29 says:

    On a non-hockey related (but Toronto related) subject:

    Rob Ford On Video Smoking From Glass Pipe

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/05/17/rob-ford-video-star-gawker_n_3290180.html?utm_hp_ref=canada

    • Habfan10912 says:

      LOL Those of us in the States were treated to the non stop babbling of Pierre Mcguire. The man did not shut up the entire game. I had to mute it midway through the first period.
      And to think Molson had considered this guy as a GM. Scary scary thought and it’s one reason I now question Molson’s judgement.

  14. Habfan10912 says:

    No game should ever be decided by a shootout. Are Basketball games decided by a foul shooting contest? Are football games decided by a punt, pass and kick contest? Are baseball games decided by a home run hitting contest? It’s just plain wrong and it devalues the game. Stupid!

    PS – I’d feel the same if Canada had won yesterdays shootout.

    • I mentioned that in a tweet yesterday before is ended.

      If this is what the next generations of fans need to bge entertained then I want no part of it.

      It’s a joke and it’s the one reason the WC are a joke.

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    • Lafleurguy says:

      On this one, I’m not a strong opponent of the current rules. Years ago, there was a 4 overtime game between Caps and Isles and I think the WIHC couldn’t logistically handle that. Oh, anything is possible, such as a soccer game ordered replayed by a court judge in a neutral site and no one in attendance as an action against hooligan fans. If a coach strongly believes his team’s shootout skills are vastly inferior, he could pull the goalie towards the end of overtime, a strategy like Julien’s pulling the goalie when the Leafs were up 4-2.

      “May you live in interesting times.”

      • Cal says:

        How about playing the bleeping game to settle the bleeping game? Does that not make sense?
        The round robin portion of the tournament can and should end in ties, not the finals.

    • Cal says:

      You are definitely preaching to the converted. Shootouts are the biggest joke in sports. And the joke is on the fan paying the big bucks to watch.

    • wjc says:

      Did you like ties better, I didn’t. A lucky overtime goal, that could take three extra periods to play, can be bad.

      Shooter and goaly…..what could be simpler….drama, tension and a resolution to the tie.

      wjc

      • Mustang says:

        Hockey is a team game, not an individual contest like golf or tennis. Therefore the outcome must be decided by the team, not by one shooter and one goalie. The shootout is a gimmick, pure and simple.

        If you don’t want a tie and you don’t want long drawn out over time, play 4 on 4 for 5 or 10 minutes then go to 3 on 3 if necessary. Very few games will last very long this way.

    • mksness says:

      i’ll take a shoot out over 4 overtimes any day. the point of the shoot out is force teams to open up so that it doesn’t come down to a shootout. i find the shootout entertaining and fun.dragging a game on for another day of boring dump and chase, not so much.

    • Marcusman says:

      Soccer the world’s most popular sports is..but I see where you are coming from.

      personally I find it exciting…

    • HammerHab says:

      Baseball games rarely go to OT, basketball games are so high scoring that it’s very doubtful that it goes to double OT, football games also rarely go to OT. The issue with hockey is that so many games go to OT and so many games are undecided after 1 OT that a shootout is necessary unless you want to go back to finishing games with a tie.

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  15. Habfan10912 says:

    Completely off topic, but one of the all time great names in motor sports, Dick Trickle, was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide. He was 71.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Wow, didn’t know that Jim. I met Dick a few times when I lived in the Mooresville, NC area. I remember the first time I saw one of his cars at his shop, I asked the mechanic there what the silver tray was on his dashboard? He smiled and said that is Dick’s ashtray. LOL that guy would race all week at small tracks, show up on weekends for the Winston Cup and Busch races.

      Certainly one of the great names. RIP Dick.

      • 123456 says:

        Radio station this AM had a couple gusy on that follow nascar – Dick would smoke during the races on teh caution laps when the pacecar was out…. how funny is that.

  16. 24 Cups says:

    Brad Richards playing on the 4th line.

    There are going to be some interesting amnesty buyouts this summer.

  17. Cal says:

    A week overdue song for a member of NHL HQ:

    http://calshabsongparodies.weebly.com

  18. JohnBellyful says:

    A good many and many good fans would like to see the ice surface in NHL rinks expanded to international hockey dimensions to open up the game.
    Unfortunately, they also accept it ain’t likely to happen because it would mean removing rows of seats that generate revenue, and no owner will agree to that.
    But that’s only if you think inside the box. I do my thinking inside a melon (with receding hairline).

    Here’s how you can make up those ‘lost’ seats:

    1.) Have backup goalie stay in dressing room; charge top rate for his spot at the end of the bench
    2 platinum seats just opened up

    2.) Allow fans to join backup goalie in dressing room to keep him company, at least 50 of them (those places are huge, so there’s lots of room to set up lawn chairs and watch the games on big screen TVs attached to the wall). Of course, the lawn chairs would have to be folded and the room cleared before the period ended but the fans would love to stand in the corridor and welcome their team as they come off ice, or give the opponents the stink eye as they parade in.
    100 seats

    3.) Box seats are special places. Now imagine penalty box seats. A lot of space there sits idle, gathering no greenbacks, for most of the game. It can hold, what, six players each side? Fans would go gaga at the opportunity to spend some time in the sin bin – think of the opening line it would give them to use in bars – and they’d also get some air time on the penalty box camera. Used towels would be a big souvenir item. They could even start trash talking fans of the opposing team sitting on the other side of the glass.
    And when one or more players got penalized, the same number of fans would be escorted to the team benches to fill the vacated spots of the players being punished. Could anything top that experience?
    12 seats

    4.) Reliving history, reviving the past, celebrating a sports heritage – you could do all this and more by bringing back the press gondola made famous by Foster Hewitt in the old Maple Leaf Gardens and putting one in every arena. Make each replica as scary to reach as the original to add an element of danger to the experience. Have the catwalk swaying with each step and the gondola perched high up in the rafters shake with each roar of the crowd.
    This package would be ideal for adventure seekers who, for an extra fee, would be provided a big, old-fashioned mike to record their play-by-play call of the game: “Hello, Grandma Lucy and kids – Laurie, Bobby and Michael – back home on Shuter Street in Strathroy …”
    10 seats – until the first ‘misadventure’

    5.) Speaking of press, reporters are given far more real estate than is necessary to cover a game. Fill up that prime time property with fans.
    (And we all know these guys could use some help from experts like us putting their stories together.)
    Same with the broadcast booth. Bob probably wouldn’t mind a few people in the rear – let me rephrase that – standing in back helping him with the play-by-play (“Excuse me, Bob, that was Subban, not Bouillon, who just scored on that end-to-end rush. And it’s the Canadiens, Bob, not the Maroons.”)
    25 seats

    6.) Shorten the bench. Coaches do it all the time. So make it permanent. Do coaches really need all that room to pace behind the bench? Hardly. Have a few of the players stand there with them. Now that’s solidarity, that’s bonding, that just makes you tear up at the thought of a coach and his players standing side by side.
    Sure, it might get a little crowded back there and limit movement somewhat. But if a coach really wants to deliver some words of wisdom to a player at the other end, he could write a note and have it handed on down the line.
    Or if his writing is hard to read, he could whisper in a player’s ear his instructions and say: “Pass it on.”
    (Coaches take note: If you figure a player isn’t performing his best and needs to sit a few shifts, or worse, the rest of the game, don’t be surprised if he takes the bad news a tad poorly.)
    Smaller bench opens up space for 10 seats

    7.) SRO. Standing Room Only. Music to the ears of team owners. The joint gets so packed people have to stand to fit in. And the easiest way to do it – AND increase capacity – is to make everything beyond the 8th row SRO. (Actually the area behind the rows of seats would become affectionately known by its patrons as SOL.)
    You can stuff a heckuva lot more people in an arena removing rows and rows of seats and requiring people to stand instead. (Heck, you have to stand up half the time now, anyway, to let people get to their seats. And then back out. And then back in …)
    So no seats. But make the railing mid-torso high and cap it with a polished wooden top, where spectators can place their drinks (in conveniently placed cutouts) and rest their arms.
    11,427 seats MINIMUM

    Okay, let’s tally up the numbers: 2 + 100 + 12 + 10 + 25 + 10 + 11,427 = some 11,500-odd seats – some odder than others – could be added. Easily.

    I really don’t see what the problem is with converting NHL rinks to international ice surfaces.

  19. AllHailTheFlower says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Edler’s hit on Staal was completely deliberate?


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