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Post by jedi17 on Fri 19 May 2017, 7:58 pm

Quick Hits: Worlds, '74 Cup Anniversary and More
May 19, 2017, 8:44 AM ET [80 Comments]
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QUICK HITS: MAY 19, 2017

1) Two sets of traditional international hockey archrivals will face off in the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Championships on Saturday. Canada, featuring five Flyers (Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny) will play Russia (Ivan Provorov), while Sweden plays Finland (Valtteri Filppula).

In the quarterfinals on Thursday, Russia blanked the Czech Republic, 3-0. Czech team captain Jakub Voracek (18:23 TOI) twice came close to scoring, including a nice inside cut toward the net that left him one on one with Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, only for the puck to hop away at the last moment. In the third period, Voracek was called for a costly and marginal high sticking penalty in the offensive zone. Earlier, Provorov (14:04 TOI, one shot on goal) was penalized for a marginal hook on Voracek after Provorov himself had been interfered with by a Czech player. During the first period, Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas (17:05 TOI, minus-one) unsuccessfully slid to the ice in a shot-block attempt on the first Russian goal.

Canada racked up a 50-20 shot advantage over Germany but had to eke out out a 2-1 win as goals by Mark Scheifele (power play) and Jeff Skinner were enough to win. For a portion of the second period, Team Canada captain Giroux (14:14 TOI, six shots, 2 PIM) centered an all-Flyers line with Simmonds (15:01 TOI, three shots) and Schenn (6:36 TOI, nine shifts, one shot, minus-one, 2 PIM). Konecny (7:43 TOI, 13 shifts, one shot) agitated one of the German players at the whistle as he drove to the net in his most notable shift of the game. There was pushing and shoving but no penalties were called.

Finland had an inconsistent preliminary round to finish fourth, while Team USA won its preliminary round bracket. That all proved meaningless in the single-elimination quarterfinals, however. The Finns prevailed, 2-0. Mikko Rantanen broke a scoreless deadlock with an early second period power play goal. With 3:11 left in the game, Joonas Kemppainen provided some insurance for goaltender Harri Säteri (26-save shutout). Team Finland alternate captain Filppula (17:18 TOI, one shot) skated 31 shifts centering the top line with Rantanen and, on some shifts, Sebastian Aho. Former Flyers defenseman Lasse Kukkonen (16:17 TOI, two shots), who missed two games in the preliminaries with a hand injury, captains the Finnish team.

In the lone quarterfinal game that did not involve any current or former Flyers players (unless one counts former Phantoms defenseman Christian Marti), Sweden defeated Switzerland, 3-1. William Nylander broke a 1-1 tie midway through the game to put the Swedes ahead to stay. Nicklas Bäckström and Alex Edler also tallied for Tre Kronor. Gaetan Haas notched the lone Swiss goal in the middle stages of the first period. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 26 of 27 shots to earn the win. Tre Kronor generated 29 shots on Swiss netminder Leonardo Genoni.

2) The Canadian Hockey League's 2017 Memorial Cup tournament gets underway on Friday in Windsor, Ontario. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Saint John Sea Dogs, featuring Flyers prospect Samuel Dove-McFalls (2015 fourth-round pick, as yet unsigned) in a shutdown center role, take on the tournament host Windsor Spitfires (Ontario Hockey League) at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The Western Hockey League champion Seattle Thunderbirds take on the OHL champion Erie Otters on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. EDT.

3) May 19, 2017 marks the 43rd anniversary of the Flyers' 1-0 win over the Boston Bruins at the Spectrum in Game Six of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final to win their first of back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Bernie Parent made Rick MacLeish's first period power play deflection goal stand up the rest of the way, and a late penalty on Bobby Orr for grabbing and spinning around Flyers captain Bob Clarke ticked two precious minutes off the clock and left Boston with little opportunity for one final push.

4) The third and final part of my series for the Flyers' official website on the top franchising-changing second overall picks in NHL Draft history is now online. The final installment looks at the 2000s and 2010s to date..

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