MONTREAL – Mother Nature was quite generous on Sunday in Montreal, which made for perfect conditions at the fifth edition of the Hockey de Rue - Together for the Kids Tournament.
The hundreds of participants at Sunday’s tournament were not just able test their street hockey skills against other squads from the Montreal area, but they were also treated to a celebrity game between the Canadiens alumni and the much feared Joe Beef restaurant team; all in benefit of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the YM-YWHA.
The heat was intense on Sunday, both due to the humid weather forecast and the passionate level of play on the streets. Thankfully, Youppi! managed to help cool participants off with impromptu autograph and photograph sessions.
Canadiens veteran Tomas Plekanec was also part of Sunday’s festivities, joining in on the fun with fans, our generous sponsors and the youth teams representing seven BLEU BLANC BOUGE communities that had the chance to play in their own tournament.
In total, Sunday’s fifth edition of the Hockey de Rue tournament involved 34 teams encompassing 300 players to officially mark the beginning of summer which of course means street hockey season has arrived for thousands across the Quebec region. Over 100 volunteers helped make the event happen which generated over $200,000 for the Montreal Canadiens Foundation for childhood and the YM-YWHA.
Alexei Emelin was named as one of the last seven players that will be added to Team Russia’s roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in September.
The Habs wrecking ball on defense has paced the Canadiens in the hit department since joining the team back in 2011-12. In 2015-16, Emelin finished fourth amongst all blue-liners in the NHL in this regard, throwing a total of 256 punishing body-checks for an average of 3.6 per game.
The rearguard will be joining fellow Canadiens teammate Andre Markov, who along with Dmitry Kulikov, Alexey Marchenko, Dmitry Orlov, Slava Voynov and Nikita Zaitsev make up Team Russia’s defense corps for the competition.
Emelin is no stranger to representing Russia on the international stage. September’s tournament will be the hard-hitting defenseman’s tenth international appearance since 2004, which includes a gold medal won at the World Championships in 2012.
Russia 7, USA 2
Russia defeated the United States 7-2 in Sunday’s bronze medal game in Moscow, earning an eighth medal in the last 10 years of the annual competition.
Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin finished the night a +2 with 18:43 of ice time, winning his fourth medal at the international event.
With the Americans trailing 5-1 after 40, Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon took the net in relief of Keith Kinkaid, stopping eight shots in the final frame.
Canada 2, Finland 0
Brendan Gallagher and Team Canada avenged a 4-0 preliminary round loss to Finland by a 2-0 scoreline on Sunday, capturing a second-straight gold medal at the IIHF World Championship.
Although the Canadians outshot the Finns 33-16, Gallagher did not test goaltender Mikko Koskinen, getting just 7:22 of ice time in the winning effort.
Connor McDavid scored what would turn out to be the game-winner at 11:24 in the opening period and Matt Duchene added an empty-netter with one second left in regulation.
The gold medal is a first for Gallagher with the Canadian Men’s National Team, having previously taken home a bronze at the 2012 World Juniors in Alberta.
The Habs forward finished the tournament a +5 with two goals — including one game-winner — and three assists over 10 games.
Finland 3, Russia 1
Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, hosts Russia and Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin’s quest for home ice gold came to an end on Saturday in Moscow.
Russia outshot Finland 29-16, but outside of the game’s opening moments, could not solve Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen.
Emelin for his part registered a single shot on goal over 18:18 of ice time, ending the night a -1.
Three unanswered goals from Sebastian Aho (2) and Jussi Jokinen now keep the Finns perfect with nine-straight regulation wins heading into Sunday’s gold medal game.
Canada 4, USA 3
Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring for Canada on the way to a nervy 4-3 win against the United States on Saturday.
Gallagher registered a pair of shots over 9:54 of ice time, breaking the ice at 8:59 in the first.
Canada went ahead 2-0 in the opening frame, but the North American rivals would exchange leads before entering the final 20 tied at three apiece.
Ryan Ellis scored the game-winner at 1:34 in the third, as Canada now faces Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.
Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon did not play for the United States.
Canada vs. Sweden
Canada meanwhile managed to light the lamp six times in their quarterfinals clash against Sweden on Thursday. Habs forward Brendan Gallagher notched an assist on Derick Brassard’s insurance marker in the third period.
Canada’s 6-0 shutout victory over Sweden sets up a semifinals matchup against Mike Condon and the USA.
Russia vs. Germany
After falling behind 1-0 following the first 20 minutes, Alexei Emelin and Russia stormed back with four unanswered goals - including two off the stick of Vadim Shipachyov – to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
Russian netminder Sergei Bobrovsky kept Germany off the score-sheet the rest of the way to preserve the 4-1 victory. Up next for Emelin and the Russians is a date against Finland in the semifinals on Saturday May 21.
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Finland vs. Denmark
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Finnish forward Mikael Granlund found the back of the net to break a scoreless tie in the first period of Thursday’s quarter-final match against Denmark. Then, a mesmerizing passing play was finished off by Jarno Koskiranta just 1:45 into the second frame to put the Fins up 2-0.
Nonetheless, a determined Denmark squad replied on the power play at the 11:42 mark of the second period, as Habs forward Lars Eller converted on a one-timer from the right faceoff circle to pull his club within one.
Unfortunately for Denmark, a goal from Patrik Laine in the closing minutes of the second period restored Finland’s two-goal lead. Finland would not look back from there, adding a couple of insurance markers to put the game out of reach in the third period.
The 5-1 victory means Finland now awaits the winner of Russia vs. Germany, with the semifinals contest scheduled for May 21.
Czech Republic vs. USA
Tomas Plekanec and the Czech Republic squared off against the Americans in quarter-final action on Thursday.
Canadiens netminder Mike Condon played the back-up role to Keith Kinkaid, who was given the start against the Czech Republic after making 27 saves in a 3-2 loss to Slovakia on May 17.
The Czech Republic opened the scoring thanks to a rare penalty shot goal from Tomas Zohorna, who beat Kinkaid with a nifty move to the forehand. Auston Matthews, however, responded with a breakaway goal of his own to even the score in the second period.
As overtime solved nothing, a shootout was required to settle the score. That’s when Auston Matthews left his mark on the game once again, scoring the lone goal to give Team USA a 2-1 win and a spot in the semifinals against the winner of Canada vs. Sweden.
Czech Republic 5 Switzerland 4
Tomas Plekanec and the Czech Republic wrapped up preliminary-round play on Tuesday with a 5-4 victory over Switzerland at the Ice Palace in Saint Petersburg.
With the win, the Czechs clinched top spot in Group A and secured a quarter-final matchup against the Americans on Thursday in Moscow. Plekanec didn’t register any points on Tuesday, amassing two shots on goal while logging 15:59 of ice time.
Switzerland’s loss means that their tournament is over. Sven Andrighetto scored a goal and added an assist in his final outing at the event. He led the Swiss with seven points (3G, 4A) in seven games.
The Czech Republic’s victory enabled Lars Eller and Denmark to advance to the quarters with a fourth-place finish in Group A. They’ll battle Finland in Saint Petersburg on Thursday.
Slovakia 3 United States 2 (OT)
Mike Condon didn’t see game action on Tuesday against Slovakia as Keith Kinkaid started for the Americans in their preliminary-round finale.
The Slovaks needed a win in regulation time to move on to the playoff round, but couldn’t get the job done.
Martin Reway collected four shots on goal for the Slovaks in a winning effort.
Belarus 3 France 0
Tim Bozon and the French were held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 loss to Belarus on Tuesday.
Bozon didn’t register a shot on goal while logging 11:45 of ice time.
Both squads failed to move on to the playoff round at the event.
Finland 4 Canada 0
Finland claimed top spot in Group B heading into the playoff round with a 4-0 victory over Canada on Tuesday night in Saint Petersburg.
Brendan Gallagher failed to register a shot on goal while seeing 12:26 of game action.
Goaltender Mikko Koskinen made 21 saves to pick up the shutout.
Canada – which suffered its first loss of the tournament – will play Sweden in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Russia 4 Sweden 1
Alexei Emelin and the Russians closed out preliminary-round play with a 4-1 victory over the Swedes on Tuesday night.
Emelin was held off the scoresheet while seeing 16:36 of ice time.
By finishing second in Group A, the Russians draw Germany in the quarters on Thursday.
Canada vs. France
Canada fired 46 shots on net on route to a 4-0 shutout victory over France on Monday. The victory keeps Canada a perfect 6-0-0 and pulls them ahead of Finland at the top of Group B.
Habs right winger Brendan Gallagher for his part added his name to the scoresheet with an assist on Corey Perry’s insurance marker in the third period.
Canada’s final test of the preliminary-round comes against an undefeated (6-0-0) Finland squad that features one of the tournament’s leading scorers in Patrik Laine.
Russia vs. Norway
Russia and Norway squared off on Monday, as Alexander Ovechkin suited up for his second game of the tournament since joining Alexei Emelin and the Russian squad back on May 11.
With his club up 2-0 early in the third period, Emelin unleashed a hard slap-shot from the left point. The rebound caromed off the boards and bounced directly in front of Emelin’s teammate Roman Lyubimov, who connected with the puck in mid-air to light the lamp with a stunning display of hand-eye-coordination.
Russia, presently ranked 2nd in Group A, is set to conclude preliminary-round action on Tuesday May 17 against Sweden.
Denmark vs. Kazakhstan
Lars Eller and Denmark were back in action on Monday against Kazakhstan, fresh off their 2-1 shootout victory over the Czech Republic on Day 10 of the World Hockey Championships.
The Habs’ 27-year-old forward helped open the scoring by setting up Markus Lauridsen for a one-timer from the left point, which kicked off a series of four consecutive power-play goals on just four opportunities with the man advantage for Denmark.Monday’s 4-1 win over Kazakhstan marks Eller’s final game of the preliminary-round. While Denmark has a chance at securing a birth in the quarter-finals, they will have to watch Switzerland’s game against the Czech Republic closely on Tuesday to see where they end up in the Group A standings.
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Denmark 2 Czech Republic 1 (SO)
Tomas Plekanec scored his fifth goal of the tournament for the Czech Republic – and registered six shots on goal – but Denmark still managed to pick up a 2-1 shootout victory on Sunday in Saint Petersburg.
Lars Eller scored the first of Denmark’s three shootout goals on Czech netminder Dominik Furch. Nikolaj Ehlers and Nicklas Jensen also lit the lamp on breakaways to secure the win.
Jensen, meanwhile, picked up a helper on Danish assistant captain Morten Madsen’s game-tying goal early in the third period.
Sebastian Dahm was outstanding between the pipes for Denmark with a 40-save performance.
The Danes will close out preliminary-round play on Monday against Kazakhstan, while the Czechs will be back in action on Tuesday against Switzerland.
Germany 3 United States 2
Korbinian Holzer snapped a 2-2 tie with 33 seconds remaining in regulation time to lift Germany to a 3-2 victory over the United States on Sunday in Moscow.
Goaltender Mike Condon wasn’t tested often. He faced just 14 shots and made 11 saves.
Thomas Greiss stood tall between the pipes for the Germans with a 31-save effort.
Patrick Hager and Christian Ehrhoff also scored for Germany, while Jake McCabe and Auston Matthews scored for the Americans.
Team USA will close out preliminary-round play on Tuesday against Slovakia.
Sweden 3 Switzerland 2 (SO)
Sven Andrighetto scored his second goal of the tournament in Switzerland’s 3-2 shootout loss to Sweden on Sunday night in Saint Petersburg.
Andrighetto generated four shots on goal while logging 16:35 of ice time. He failed to score on Swedish netminder Jacob Markstrom in the shootout, though.
Andre Burakovsky beat Swiss goaltender Reto Berra in both of his shooutout attempts to secure the win for Sweden.
Finland 5 Slovakia 0
Martin Reway logged 19:20 of ice time and registered one shot on goal in Slovakia’s 5-0 loss to Finland on Sunday night in Moscow.
The Finns remain undefeated at the tournament, having rattled off six straight victories to sit atop Group B.
France 1, Finland 3
Former Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet helped keep things scoreless through 20 before Finland pulled ahead with a three-goal second period to remain undefeated in the tournament.
Habs prospect Tim Bozon did not see any ice time for the French Side.
Russia 5, Switzerland 1
Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin and forward Sven Andrighetto faced-off with Russia and Switzerland on Saturday. A pair of one-goal periods by Russia kept things close through 40, until the hosts enjoyed two 5-on-3 advantages in the final frame to put the game out of reach.
Emelin recorded one shot on goal and was a -1 over 15:45 of ice time as Russia now sits second in Group A behind Tomas Plekanec’s Czechs.
Andrighetto meanwhile was held scoreless over 13:46 of ice time, registering three shots on goal as Switzerland now hangs on to the final playoff spot.
Canada 5, Slovakia 0
Canada blanked Slovakia 5-0 on Saturday to remain tied with the unbeaten Finns atop Group B.
Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher was nevertheless held scoreless in Team Canada's five-goal outing, registering just a pair of first-period shots over 11:36 of ice time.
Habs prospect Martin Reway for his part played 15:50 for Slovakia, testing goaltender Cam Talbot just once in the middle frame.
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