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. Loonie says:

    Smith is 4-4 in shootouts this season with a .565 save percentage.

  2. J.J. of Turku says:

    It’s unfair that other team quits after this… Very entertaining hockey.

    Bazinga!

  3. Mattyleg says:

    1min
    PK intercepts a chance in Smith’s crease.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  4. Mattyleg says:

    1.5mins: 2-2
    O’Reilly in deep, Swedes just dump it out.
    Eberle thrown down, no call.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  5. Mattyleg says:

    2mins:
    Enroth back in.
    Canada take it in, Campbell in the corner.
    Sweden break out, Eriksson on Szhenn.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. Mattyleg says:

    3mins: 2-2
    Sedins shut down, Canada changes, slow to move out.
    Into Sweden’s end, almost free up a Swedish break.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  7. Mattyleg says:

    4mins: 2-2
    Landeskog definitely looking the most dangerous Swede all afternoon.
    Breakout by Sweden, sedins stripped, giroux in but Sweden back out.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. Mattyleg says:

    5mins: 2-2
    PK deep in the Swedish zone.
    Back into Canada’s end.
    Sweden take it intotheir end.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  9. Mattyleg says:

    5mins: 2-2
    Sweden tying it up in Cnaad’s zone.
    PK in Sweden’s end.
    Good possession…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. Mattyleg says:

    6mins: 2-2
    My daughter is yelling Fromage at me.
    Sedins looking dangerous.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  11. commandant says:

    For those confused

    IIHF rule, goalie can’t go to the bench at a stoppage without ref permission. Enstrom did, must leave the game and be replaced til the next whistle when he can return.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • von says:

      I like that. Prevents an intentional delay of game.

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  12. Mattyleg says:

    Sweden break in, Canada ices the puck.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  13. Mattyleg says:

    Chances by Canada…
    Girlfriend’s home and I’m in trouble.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  14. Mattyleg says:

    Marksrtom in for Sweden.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Sweden had to change goalies!
    Missed why… girlfriend called.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. von says:

    Live stream if you need it: http://popstreams.eu/stream3.html

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  17. habs1992 says:

    Ref Kicked the Goalie OUT

    I support Carey Price

  18. commandant says:

    Thanks for the updates Matty.

    Go Habs Go!
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  19. Mattyleg says:

    9mins: 2-2
    Duschene turns it over in Sweden’s zone
    Landeskog fires it on Smith, but feels it move, and almost throws it into his own net!!
    Play stopped.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. hansolo says:

    @Mattyleg

    First time I’ve posted this season — to pay homage to your skill at blogging. Thanks so much!

    I’m sure the GF will excuse you for not emptying the dishwasher. Just show her my post — I’ll even write a note if you need one, as will numerous others on the board. Heck, maybe Mr. Boone will, too. BTW, where is he, the slacker…

  21. von says:

    That knee-on-knee hit by Edler on Staal was disgusting.

    NHL/IIHF should treat that like they do in the NBA when someone goes low on a player. Severe suspension should be handed out for a potentially career-ending hit like that.

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  22. Mattyleg says:

    10-minute OT.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  23. 24 Cups says:

    Just saw the hit by Elder on Staal. Total BS. Carolina will be head-hunting this guy for sure next year.

  24. jols101 says:

    Would love the NHL to mandate a bigger ice surface. A hybrid between the NHL size and the European size.

    I realize it is a revenue lose because the removal of a row of seats but it would make the product much better. Skilled players would be able to excel and there would be less injuries/concussions because players would have a split second longer to react.

  25. Timo says:

    So is there a full intermission between periods?

  26. Marc10 says:

    Great job Matty! I’m off to the gym. Go Canada Go!

  27. J.J. of Turku says:

    I’m getting thirsty. Damn.

    Maybe it’s the good liveblog and wathcing the game at same time…
    Hmmm…

    Bazinga!

  28. Mattyleg says:

    End of 3rd!
    It’s the O-T-Zone, people.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  29. habs1992 says:

    OVERTIME!!

    I support Carey Price

  30. J.J. of Turku says:

    Excellent pressure on both ends… Good game!

    Bazinga!

  31. Mattyleg says:

    1min: 2-2
    Eberle almost squeezes one in short side.
    Break by Sweden, 4-on-2, don’t get anything.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. Mattyleg says:

    1.5mins: 2-2
    PK buzzes about.
    Canada makes some changes, but Swedes get it out.
    Two tired teams stuck on the ice.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  33. HabFab says:

    @24Cups, Loonie and those others asking on the draft order;
    http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26377

    See (iii) and (iv)
    – rule (iii) puts us drafting 27th
    – rule (iv) would drop us to 26th if the Cup winner is not Pittsburgh or Chicago
    – if the Devils forfeit this years draft could also impact us. However as they never made the play-offs and are hosting the draft, not sure that will happen.

    • Loonie says:

      Thanks Frank. Devils already said they aren’t forfeiting the pick.

      I still interpret this to mean we’re picking between 25th(worst) and 23rd(best) because we’re a division winner.

      • HabFab says:

        We had the 4th best record amongst the division winners so that makes us 27th at the moment. Anaheim (gone), Pittsburgh and Chicago had better.
        You are basing your ranking on the top 4 teams in the play-off picking last. The rule (iv) states only the Stanley Cup winner will pick last after the Division Winners.

  34. Mattyleg says:

    2mins: 2-2
    Skinner working hard in Swedish corner.
    Wow! Hard work by him.
    O’reilly gets it back to the oint, Harrisson gets a shot.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. Mattyleg says:

    3mins: 2-2
    Ladd managed to shut down Fransson at the point.
    Giroux, Ladd Stamkos making things hard for Swedes in their zone
    Back out into Canada’s end.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  36. Mattyleg says:

    4.5mins: 2-2
    Offside at Sweden’s line.
    Hall on.
    Puck in Canadas zone, played into Sweden’s end.
    Lucky pinch, Hall gets a good chance, back into Canada’s zone.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  37. CalgaryHab says:

    Good job game blogging Matty

  38. Mattyleg says:

    5mins: 2-2
    Simmonds’s pass inetercepted, and Eriksson gets a great shot kicked out by the toe of Smith.
    Simmonds unhappy with his own cross-ice pass

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  39. Danno says:

    I have a bad feeling about this…

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  40. Mattyleg says:

    5mins: 2-2
    Shots coming from Canada, Harrison getting one into traffic…
    Swedien back in to Cnada’s zone, and Gustaffson gets a great shot form the slot!
    Good save by Smith.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  41. Mattyleg says:

    6mins: 2-2
    Campbell passes into the back of Duschene’s leg, almost makes a turnover.
    Swedes regroup, into Canada zone, back out to Sedish end.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. Mattyleg says:

    7mins: 2-2
    Robidas pinches, puck in Swedish zone.
    Good pressure!
    Good cycling, and it’s back out.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  43. Mattyleg says:

    Mats “Fats” SUndin spotted in crowd.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. Mattyleg says:

    In other news, if the blog stops suddenly it’s because my girlfriend has arrived home from work to find the dishwasher unemptied.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  45. Just A Guy says:

    Watching PK, looks like he’s trying out for the Olympic team, almost too gentlemanly out there. Love his puck movement on the big rink though.

  46. Mattyleg says:

    7mins: 2-2
    Both teams holding their sticks awful tight.
    Lots of giveaways and nervous play.
    THings are speeding up.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  47. J.J. of Turku says:

    Finnish commentator loves Subban… :D

    Bazinga!

  48. Mattyleg says:

    8mins: 2-2
    Called intentional offside, f/o in Swedish zone.
    Canada with possesssion, and some chances

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  49. Danno says:

    It’s an ape thing

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  50. H.Upmann says:

    This 3rd period is something. I have to say I prefer the international sized rink. Find it more “dynamic”.

  51. Mattyleg says:

    8mins:2-2
    1:15 after Sweden’s goal.
    It’s opening up.
    Sweden offside on a 2-on-2 break.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  52. jols101 says:

    Great game.

    Go Canada Go!!!

  53. Mattyleg says:

    Stamkos bodycheck frees up puck, Ladd dishes in front to Giroux who bangs it through Enroth!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  54. punkster says:

    No crap!

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

  55. Mattyleg says:

    GOALLL!!!!!
    Giroux off Ladd!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  56. J.J. of Turku says:

    Wow! This is a game!

    Bazinga!

  57. Mattyleg says:

    9mins: 1-2
    Hairy stuff/

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  58. bel33 says:

    C’mon Subbie!!!!!

  59. Mattyleg says:

    10mins: 1-2
    Subban shoots, save Enroth, break by Landeskog, Smith saves, back the other way, Duschene breaks, shot, Enroth saves and freezes.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

    • Caesar says:

      anyone else waiting for the page to update itself? I keep thinking this is an actual live blog and I’m straring at it for 4-5mins before I remeber… Great stuff matty!

  60. J.J. of Turku says:

    Swedes are scary team at final period. They’ve beaten us a milloin times when Finland has been leading after 40 mins.

    Bazinga!

  61. jedimyrmidon says:

    Darn…

  62. Mattyleg says:

    Deflected down in front.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  63. punkster says:

    Oh crap

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

  64. Mattyleg says:

    GOAL.
    Sweden.
    Danielsson again.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  65. Mattyleg says:

    10mins: 1-1
    PP Sweden.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  66. Mattyleg says:

    Ladd back to the point, Stamkos deflects it onto the point.
    Ooh… Giroux off for a crosscheck.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  67. J.J. of Turku says:

    Giroux takes a stupid penalty

    Bazinga!

  68. Mattyleg says:

    POST!!
    Canada hits heavy metal!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  69. Mattyleg says:

    11mins: 1-1
    Swedes move it back out of their zone, and a shot by Landeskog is deflected out of play.
    Stop-start stuff.
    Attendance flashed up: 11,153.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  70. Mattyleg says:

    12mins: 1-1
    Offside at Swedish line.
    Jordan Staal line up against Sedins.
    Reid gets a shot on Enroth off a Staal feed.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  71. Mattyleg says:

    12mins: 1-1
    Hamhuis fans on a pass attempt, almost gives it away, long-distance effort stopped by Smith.

    Break.
    Whoo!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  72. Mattyleg says:

    13mins: 1-1
    Sedins looking dangerous.
    Hall gets a long shot.
    Swedes have 3 men back all the time.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  73. Mattyleg says:

    Icing against Canada, Sweden buzzing.
    Smith almost gave the puck away behind his own net. Close one.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  74. Gerry H says:

    Awesome blogging, Matty.


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