Subban skates with Team Canada in Sweden

P.K. Subban skated with Team Canada Wednesday in Stockholm as the squad prepared for Thursday’s quarterfinal game against Sweden at the World Hockey Championship (2 p.m., TSN, RDS).

Subban, a finalist for this year’s Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenceman, was paired with Jay Harrison of the Carolina Hurricanes.

It will be interesting to watch Subban on the bigger international-size rink in Sweden. Subban played junior hockey with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls, who play their home games on an international-size rink at Belleville’s Yardmen Arena.

 “I’m quite familiar in terms of how to take the rush and how to use the size of the ice to your advantage, but at the same token, I haven’t played on that rink in four or five years,” Subban told Donna Spencer of The Canadian Press Wednesday in Sweden. 

“This is my first game of the tournament. It’s been four days since I played a game and it’s a little bit different coming from a playoff game thinking you’re not even going to play hockey until next September to all of a sudden being in quarter-final game, Canada versus Sweden. That alone is a challenge.”

Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the preliminary round of the tournament, but the Swedes have since added three Vancouver Canucks players to the lineup: forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin, along with defenceman Alex Edler.

Four other Canadiens players will be taking part in Thursday’s quarterfinals: Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic), Raphael Diaz (Switzerland), Alex Galchenyuk (United States) and prospect Danny Kristo (United States).

Here’s the schedule for Thursday’s quarterfinal games, which will all be televised on TSN and RDS:

Russia vs. United States, 5:45 a.m.
Switzerland vs. Czech Republic, 8:30 a.m.
Finland vs. Slovakia, 11:15 a.m.
Canada vs. Sweden, 2 p.m.

Below are a couple of videos of Subban from the 2009 world junior championship when he won a gold medal with Team Canada:

Diaz still skating at worlds, by Dave Stubbs

Rangers-Bruins renew Original Six rivalry in playoffs, by Stu Cowan

(Photo by Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

822 Comments

  1. The Jackal says:

    PK is playing great for Team Canada. Stevie Y must have been happy we got eliminated :(

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  2. Mattyleg says:

    14:10: 1-1
    Six men in the screen, Danielsson one-times it off a feed from a Sedin.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  3. Mattyleg says:

    GOAL
    Danielsson form the point.
    1-1

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. Danno says:

    Crap

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  5. Mattyleg says:

    15mins: 1-0
    PP for Swe.
    2 for 36 = 6% efficiency.
    Sweden possession, Sedins on.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. Mattyleg says:

    15mins: 1-0
    Young defense pairing of Schultz and Williams (?) getting the gears from the commentators.

    Agh!
    Hamhuis with a delay-of-game penalty! Staight to the box.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. Mattyleg says:

    16mins: 1-0
    Peterson, fires a shot that is difficult for Smith.
    Hjalmarson gets a good shot… and Landeskog walks out and just misses with a backhand..
    Another stop off Landeskog!
    Good work by Smith, but Canada lucky Landeskog missed the net!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. Loonie says:

    Amazingly elaborate game blog Matty.

    Thanks for the updates.

  9. Mattyleg says:

    16mins: 1-0
    Hall fires it from a tight angle, and it goes up and out.
    Canada wins f/o, Harrison up to Eberle, into zone… Swedes with possession.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Mattyleg says:

    17mins: 1-0
    Stamkos squanders a chance in the slot, had more time than he thought.
    Petr Granberg is serious muscle, put Stamkos down in the corner with one hand.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  11. Mattyleg says:

    18mins: 1-0
    Staal shot from sharp angle, stopped.
    Sweden penned in, manage to get it out finally.
    Sedins (again) on, miss with a wrister near-side.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  12. Mattyleg says:

    19mins: 1-0
    Subban to Duschne, good shot, glove save by Enroth.
    Duschene is FAST.
    Gets around the Swedish D very easily.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. Danno says:

    Can you guess what the word Subban means in Swedish?

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  14. Mattyleg says:

    20mins: 1-0
    Hard fighting along boards in Canada zone.
    Back out and offside at the Swe blueline.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  15. commandant says:

    That Knee on Knee is nasty, and Staal was in agony.

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  16. Mattyleg says:

    Chatham man has a novel way of ‘drying off his car’ after a car-wash:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2013/05/16/wdr-stunt-driving-opp-drying-car.html

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. Sportfan says:

    Hit on Staal was nasty

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  18. Mattyleg says:

    J.J., know what’s funny?
    Skoda in Polish means ‘pity’.

    You have a Skoda? Hmm, szkoda… ;)

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. frontenac1 says:

    Fronts blog;1-0 Can. No Fights yet and finished 4th Pint. Vodka shots happening in Third. PK will crush a Swede.Saludos!

  20. christophor says:

    It’s obvious from that picture that Subban isn’t fitting in with his new teammates. ;)

    (Had to include that smiley-wink face or else PJ Stock might get some ideas while scouring forums for ‘inside’ info)

  21. jedimyrmidon says:

    Aw, would have been great had it beat the clock.

    Team Canada better press HARD in the 3rd.

  22. Mattyleg says:

    PK doing lots of great dispy-doodling at the point.
    Looking very strong and hard to pin down; Swedes are skating away from him rather than try to contain him.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. jols101 says:

    So close.

  24. Danno says:

    PK robbed by the clock

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  25. Mattyleg says:

    No goal.
    Buzzer went.
    Bad luck.
    NOW it’s the end of the 2nd.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  26. Mattyleg says:

    End of 2nd… OR IS IT?!

    Eberle dishes off to Subban, cranks it in, great goal, deflected in front off someone…
    Russian ref on the phone with… Toronto?
    Moscow?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  27. J.J. of Turku says:

    Subban scores!!!

    Bazinga!

  28. Mattyleg says:

    End of 2nd: 1-0
    SUBBAN SCORES!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. Mattyleg says:

    1min: 1-0
    Henrik behind the net fighting off the D, in front to brother.
    Smith with a great save off Tallinder.
    Tallinder is the best d-man for Sweden this game. Lots of chances.
    Great glove by SMith.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  30. jols101 says:

    Boy, I would feel a lot more comfortable if we could pot another one.

    Those Sedins are one shot away from tying this thing up.

  31. Mattyleg says:

    1.5mins: 1-0
    Thornberg gets a shot on Smith, same thing, far out shot, frozen.
    Thornberg is fast.
    F/O in Can’s zone.
    Won, and into Sweden’s zone.
    Stamkos falls.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. HammerHab says:

    Barring any trades is this the future of our defense? Maybe in 3 or 4 years….

    Subban – Emelin
    Beaulieu- Tinordi
    Gorges-Didier
    Bennett

    On the top 2 pairs you have a real nice mix of offense, defense & physicality, and the bottom pair is a nice shutdown pair. Each combo has a crease-clearer (assuming Tinordi grows into that role) and some good PP and PK options there.

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    • Timo says:

      There better be some trade on D before 3-4 years.

    • SlimDiggity says:

      I can definitely see Subban, Emelin, Beaulieu and Tinordi on this club in that time frame, but Didier and Bennett are both long shots to make the NHL. I would also be surprised if Gorges were still here in 4 years, there’s just too many good defensemen coming up through the pipeline that will be better than him; bigger, faster, younger, cheaper.

      Ellis and Dietz both have a better chance at making the NHL and I think the bottom pairing will feature a defenseman acquired through trade (veteran Defensive D-Man).

      • HammerHab says:

        I think Didier has a decent shot at it. His offense is basically non-existant but his defensive game is strong. Kind of a mix between Gorges & Emelin. I see Ellis turning out like Weber did…..don’t know why that’s just my gut feeling.

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    • Loonie says:

      Didier and Bennett have long roads ahead of them. They fall into the Pateryn(unlikely to make it) category.

      Dietz is showing the kind of versatility that makes him a near shoe-in.

  33. Timo says:

    PK! PK! PK!

  34. J.J. of Turku says:

    PK’s showing same flamboyant moves we’ve used to see… :D

    Bazinga!

  35. Mattyleg says:

    2mins: 1-0
    Powerplay over.
    Jordan Staal takes a rising shot, off Enroth’s shoulder and frozen.
    Lots of shots as they break in, but not a lot of support on the rush.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. Mattyleg says:

    2mins: 1-0
    Enroth shutting the door, but Canadians not sitting in the crease, lots of buzzing around.
    Sweden f/o win called back, 15secs remining in PP.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. J.J. of Turku says:

    Was that Subban’s mom?

    Bazinga!

  38. Mattyleg says:

    3mins: 1-0
    Robidas tees up Subban for the 1-timer from the point, but it’s stopped by Enroth.
    Nobody blocking his view.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. Bill says:

    @jols101: hard to compare forwards and dmen, but I won say unless you trade PK for Crosby, any other trade is a sideways move!

  40. Mattyleg says:

    4mins: 1-0
    PP Can.
    Stamkos almost puts it in from the side, Ladd almost bangs in the rebound.
    Shots from the point, puck comes out.
    Bad pass goes deep in the Swedish zone and back out, Swedes get a mini-chance on the SH.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  41. Mattyleg says:

    4mins: 1-0
    16-13 faceoffs for Sweden.
    Justin Schultz upended in his own zone, penalty to Sweden.
    Landeskog for holding.
    Totally reached out and grabbed Schultz as they raced for the puck in the corner.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. HabinBurlington says:

    Okay Matty, great work, you got me excited about the game, but Front as usual has inspired me, i am off to pub to watch the rest of the game.

    CHeers everyone.

  43. Mattyleg says:

    Break:
    Enroth gets a huge snow shower after stopping a long dump-in.
    Obviously that’s not illegal in the international game.

    Canada have had better chances overall.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. Mattyleg says:

    5mis: 1-0
    Back and forth stuff again.
    No extended pressure in either zone.
    Like a good day in a Swedish brothel: In and out, in and out.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. Mattyleg says:

    7mins: 1-0
    Smith out to handle behind the net, and almost gives the puck away.
    Subban amost got Staal treatment off Gustavson!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. Mattyleg says:

    8mins: 1-0
    Lots of break-ins ending with distance shots.
    Both sides.
    Hall strips Sedin, Giroux, misses his shot, gets the rebound and almost sets up Giroux!
    Good pressure by Canada broken up by a bouncing puck.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. Mattyleg says:

    9mins: 1-0
    3-on-2, with Simmonds, Matt Green, and someone else…
    Shot right into Enroth’s glove.
    Canada skating hard, Sweden slowing down.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  48. J.J. of Turku says:

    Faceoffs: Can 13 – Swe 15

    Bazinga!

  49. J.J. of Turku says:

    At even strength this is still anyone’s game. Enroth is good.

    Bazinga!

  50. Mattyleg says:

    10mins: 1-0
    Giroux with a long-distance shot, Enroth with the glove, and a bit of afters post-whistle.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  51. Mattyleg says:

    11mins: 1-0
    Penalties over.
    Eberle very dangerous for Canada.
    Duschene digs puck out of his equipment in the slot, but can’t get a shot.
    Hall getting some more ice time after Staal’s injury.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. Mattyleg says:

    12mins: 1-0
    Great save by Enroth off an Eberle chance!
    Low, blocker side, leg save.
    Great one by SMith too!
    Low leg save, and then another one off Fransson!
    Great blocker stop as he tried to put it in the back door.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  53. Danno says:

    The big ice makes it such a different game

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  54. Loonie says:

    For anyone who would like to see what a player’s actual production is statistically I suggest viewing NHL.com’s category showing the points they actually scored. Not the points that their teammates scored.

    From there, if you’d like to evaluate how each player did you can measure their points scored against the ice-time they had for a per minute analysis of how effective they were offensively in comparison to their teammates.

    If you’d like a completely irrational statistic that measures nothing other than team play goals for and against is a good stat to check out.

  55. Mattyleg says:

    12mins: 1-0
    Wow!
    Matt Duschene wires one after a great breakout pass from Hamnuis, who’s playing great.
    Glove save.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  56. Mattyleg says:

    13mins: 1-0
    4-on-4 for the handbags in the corner.
    Stamkos and J. Lundquist in the box for roughing.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  57. J.J. of Turku says:

    How about that Stopstream.com? Does it work in Canada? There’s a lot of everything, Formula 1 and so on…

    Bazinga!

  58. Mattyleg says:

    Ooh, some rasslin’ in the corner… but we go to a stupid car ad.
    I hate car ads.
    But I love hockey.
    Ladd had a shot, but Enroth held on.

    Canada having some good breaks, but it’s very fast-paced, with lots of turnovers and not a lot of extended pressure.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • J.J. of Turku says:

      It’s got to be a good car ad. I’ve ordered new car and it’s that irritating Skoda Octavia from that ad? My 4th Skoda in a row :D

      Bazinga!

  59. Mattyleg says:

    13mins 1-0
    Stamkos off the bench with a breakaway!!
    Headfakes, but Enroth sticks with him, goes to his right, and Enroth gets the pad down!
    Great save.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  60. Danno says:

    Enroth is playing a solid game

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  61. Mattyleg says:

    14mins: 1-0
    Swedish shots from point not getting through traffic.
    Duschene feeds Hall, who spins it through the crease!
    Wahat a chance!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  62. Mattyleg says:

    15mins: 1-0
    Quick shot by Sedin (dunno which) off the faceoff, out of the zone.
    Canada back int the O-zone with the SImmonds line.
    Back into Canada’s zone.
    Shot from the point deflects over the glass.
    Seen tennis matches with less back and forth.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  63. Mattyleg says:

    15mins: 1-0
    Landeskog to Persson and Hjalmarsson takes a good shot from the point, but there was no traffic, an easy stop by Smith.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  64. Mattyleg says:

    16mins: 1-0
    A couple of pucks slide around in front of Smith, no finish.
    Oreilly in front to J. Schultz, and petls it right into Enroth’s crest.
    Looked like a good chance.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  65. Mattyleg says:

    17mins: 1-0 Can.
    Ooh! Puck drifts throug Smith’s crease.
    More back and forth stuff.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. SteverenO says:

    Lots of talk about Desharnais- lets ;look at his season numbers

    AT even strength:

    TOI:/team Goals scpored (avg minutes per gf)/ Team GA (AVG)

    646 minutes 32 GF (20 min Per GF) 34 GA (19 min per GA)

    Compare to Plekanec:

    664 minutes 27 GF (25 min per GF) 24 GA (28 min per GA)

    Compare to Eller;

    582 minutes 30 GF (19 min per GF) 22 GA (26 min per GA)

    In playoffs:

    Desharnias:

    71 minutes/ 2 GF (35 min Per GF) 1 GA (71 min per GA)

    Plekanec:

    70 minutes 1 GF (70 min Per GF) 6 GA (12 min per GA)

    Chucky:

    55 minutes 2 GF (27 min Per GF) 6 GA (9 min per GA)

    Not so sure why there is so much fuss about moving DD to the wing, or why people are asking for him to be bought out, or traded.

    He is an effective centreman who battles hard every shift and plays effectively on both sides of the ice. In a playoff series where the whole team was terribly outmatched he was one of the only players who “held his own”.

    We have many holes to fill and lots of improvement required but DD is NOT a problem that needs to be addressed in the off season .

    regards,

    Steve O.

    • SmartDog says:

      Plekanec and Eller draw a lot of defensive assignments. Don’t think that’s the case with DD. Care to include SOG in this comparison? Just for giggles.

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    • Loonie says:

      “He is an effective centreman who battles hard every shift and plays effectively on both sides of the ice. In a playoff series where the whole team was terribly outmatched he was one of the only players who “held his own”.

      We have many holes to fill and lots of improvement required but DD is NOT a problem that needs to be addressed in the off season .”

      Nope.

      Why don’t we strip that hooker you call plus minus down? Whadya say? Let’s get rid of the designer dress and make-up and expose the street walker she is. Let’s take the per minute analysis of team play out of the equation for just a second. Desharnais finished the regular season at minus two.

      He was on the ice for eight more even strength seconds per game than Pacioretty, twenty one seconds more per game than Gallagher.

      And yet Desharnais was on the ice for six more even strength goals against than Pacioretty and ten more than Gallagher.

      Conversely, Desharnais was on the ice for 32 even strength goals for, or two less than scored against if you prefer. Pacioretty was on for four more goals for in less ice-time and Gallagher was on the ice for three more goals for with less ice-time.

      Who’s the driver of the good offense and bad defense again?

      Your stats work against you here. Case in point. Plekanec was a plus five. On the ice for twenty-seven es goals for and twenty-four goals against. Eller was on the ice for thirty goals for and twenty-two against.

      So you see it isn’t the statistics but how you look at them. You for example take the stats we’re both referencing here and bend them, twist them, contort them to suit your agenda.

      Plekanec conceded five less even strength goals for to Desharnais but was far more efficient defensively with ten less goals against at even strength.

      Eller had two less even strength goals for with significantly lesser quality linemates and yet conceded 22 goals to Desharnais’ 34. Or plus four if you prefer.

      Both Plekanec and Eller were better on the powerplay.

    • Habfan17 says:

      DD may battle, but not in the tough areas and he is not effective. He was knocked off the puck almost everytime he battled for it. Most of the time ending up on his ass. Not like Gallagher. Those stats do not tell me anything. When did he get his points? How many goals that were scored while he was on the ice did he contribute to? What was his faceoff percentage? How was in on faceoffs in the defensive zone? How was in on faceoffs in close games when the pressure was on?

      Sorry, I like that he competes, but DD should be a third line centre or winger.

      Habfan17

  67. Mattyleg says:

    18mins: 1-0
    Eberle breaks in and takes a backhand, stopped easily.
    11 forwards left for Canada.
    Subban over to Campbell, back to PK, who dumps it in.
    Back and forth stuff.
    Frandsen (?) fires one, stopped by Smith.
    WHistle.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  68. Mattyleg says:

    19:11: 1-0
    4th PP goal by Stamkos this tournament.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  69. pmaraw says:

    yay… rather be watching the Canadiens… le sigh

  70. Mattyleg says:

    Shot by Robidas, tipped in by Stamkos during the 15-second Powerplay.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. Mattyleg says:

    19mins: 0-0
    Still 4-on4, 20 secs left.
    Canada breaks in iwth Hamhuis.
    SCORES!!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  72. Mattyleg says:

    2nd Period about to begin:
    PK looked amazing on the PP out there.
    He’s the only one who seems to be able to pierce the zone and control with authority.
    Got to wonder if it’s one of those situations where you have a bunch of stars who are unwilling to take the reins out of deference to the others, or out of fear of messing up.

    Shots: 18-6 Canada.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  73. frontenac1 says:

    Fronts blog;0-0,No Fights and I’m on my 2nd Pint.

  74. SmartDog says:

    Between breaks watching PK do his thing, in case you missed this article from 2 months ago about the HABS PROSPECTS…. it might make you feel better about the future:

    http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/86767/montreal-canadiens-own-promising-group-of-prospects-in-europe-and-ncaa/#more-86767

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