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PLAYOFF AND IIHF 2015 WORLDS GAME DAY OPEN THREAD

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One last big test for the Canadian team before they finish up the round-robin with a trio of easier games. The Swedes present their toughest challenge so far, will they be ready for them?

Please Hammer, Don't Hertl 'Em.
Please Hammer, Don't Hertl 'Em.
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I'm trying not to laugh this morning after that Ducks/Flames game, but what a spectacle of stupidity. From dumb penalties on the Flames' part, horrendous make up, blown calls and that waved off goal from the refs, the insulting explanation from the NHL's war room, and the Flames not getting penalized for their fans throwing stuff on the ice twice (including spaghetti, wtf?), it was pretty ridiculous. Oh, and let's not forget Theo Fleury advocating violence against the officials on his Twitter account.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Those refs aren&#39;t getting out of the Saddledome tonight! Horseshit  call</p>&mdash; Theo Fleury (@TheoFleury14) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheoFleury14/status/595802115903217665">May 6, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Always a bucket of class, that guy. Anyway, the other thing inducing giggles is all of you who plunked down money on the Ducks last night, and getting punished by the hockey gods for trying to make money off the Ducks and their Axis of Douche.

On to the important stuff. Canada looks to go 4-0 at  the 2015 IIHF World Championships in Prague as they get set to battle Sweden later today. Fortunately for us as Canucks fans, we don't have to worry about the awkwardness that often comes when playing against Team Sweden, as they're without Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as well as Alex Edler. And while the Swedes are just a point back of Team Canada in Group A, it's going to be special teams that could be the difference today. Sweden is ranked 2nd in the PP, but will be up against the best PK in the tournament, while Canada's 5th ranked PP will look to feast on the weakness of the Swedish team, their penalty kill. Sweden's ranked 13th on the PK so far. They also take a lot more penalties than the Canadians (which is surprising).

After this, it's two days off for Canada, then 3 games in 4 days as they take on France, Switzerland and Austria on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

Since the NHL's messed their scheduling up, and had both Western games last night, tonight's games are a half hour apart. Montreal looks to get back into their series with Tampa as they play on the pristine ice often found in Florida in May, while the Capitals look to push the Rangers to the brink of elimination with a win at home.