STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Jeff Skinner wasnt on the ice much, but made a huge impact in Canadas 2-1 win over the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championship on Sunday. The Carolina Hurricanes forward scored on an end-to-end rush after weaving through the Czech defence and burying a wraparound behind goalie Ondrej Pavelec at 6:55 of the third period. His goal stood up as the winner as Canada (5-0-1) secured a quarter-final berth in the tournament. "Any goal when you play for your country is pretty cool," Skinner said. His eight minutes 48 seconds of ice time was the least among Canadian forwards Sunday as the 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., wears the Maple Leaf in his third world championship. His eighth career goal was a memorable one. "When I got over the red (line) I knew I didnt want to dump it in and when I was at the hash marks, I saw the goalie a little bit out and challenging the shot," Skinner said. "When he was cutting off my angle, I just tried to take it around the weak side and again, I think it sort of bounced off something. "I just sort of guessed and guessed right." Wayne Simmonds scored his first of the tournament for Canada, while defenceman Dan Hamhuis led all Canadian players in ice time and shifts despite joining the team the previous day. Mike Smith made 30 saves for his second win of the tournament and also picked up an assist on Skinners goal. "It was off my left pad and kind of kicked it into the corner," the Phoenix Coyotes goaltender said. "It was a well-placed rebound, lets say. It would have been nice to pass it, but Ill take it. "Skinny did the rest. The kid can skate pretty well, took it end to end and got a big goal for us." Petr Koukal replied for the Czechs (3-3-0), whose quarter-final prospects depend on beating Norway on Tuesday. The Czechs won the bronze medal the last two years. Pavelec, who plays for the Winnipeg Jets, stopped 23 shots in taking the loss in front of a crowd of 6,117 at the Globe Arena. "Im not very satisfied we only scored one goal in the game," Czech head coach Alois Hadamczik said via an interpreter. "This was the first time we really played our game at the tournament." The top four teams in each pool of eight advance to Thursdays quarter-finals, with one playing four and two playing three in each group. The United States, Russia and Switzerland also clinched quarter-final berths Sunday. The Americans beat Germany 3-0; reigning champion Russia beat Slovakia 3-1; and unbeaten Switzerland defeated Norway also by 3-1 to win its sixth game. Canada needed just a single point from the game to get in the quarter-finals, but three points for the regulation win means Canada will finish no worse than second in the Stockholm pool. At 16 points, the Canadians also kept the pressure on leader Switzerland with 17. Canada concludes the preliminary round against winless Slovenia on Monday, while the Swiss finish against Belarus on Tuesday. Host Sweden was third in their pool with 12 points and a game remaining. The Norwegians were fourth with nine. The United States is ranked first in the Helsinki pool with 15 points ahead of Finland with 14. Russia is third with 12 ahead of Slovakia and Germany, which are tied for fourth with seven points. Canada added Hamhuis following the elimination of his Vancouver Canucks in the first round of NHL playoffs. The 30-year-old played a regular shift from the opening faceoff Sunday. Hamhuis said he skated in the morning and intended to monitor his energy during the game and inform the coaches if he felt winded. But his full participation became necessary when defenceman Luke Schenn took a match penalty and was booted early in the second period. Hamhuis played 29 shifts and over 22 minutes. "The intensity of the game, when youre playing such a tight-checking game, you dont tend to feel as tired as you do if the score is lopsided," Hamhuis said. "With the type of game it was, it was a lot of fun to play out there." Canadian head coach Lindy Ruff joked wryly "we probably wouldnt have listened to him, especially after Luke went out" had Hamhuis asked to reduce his minutes. "Tonight, I thought some of our defencemen looked a little young," Ruff said. "Thats when you want the veteran guys to step up and pull through for you." Schenn was assessed a major and the match penalty for checking Zbynek Irgl from behind. Irgl suffered a bloody cut across the nose. Schenns match penalty comes with an automatic game suspension, so Canada will be down to seven defencemen again against Slovenia. "Refereeing is a giant black hole that I dont want to jump into," Ruff said. Hadamczik dove into that hole. His team took three minors in the second period and another two after Skinners goal that hurt their efforts to tie the game. "Both teams performed very well, but the referees did not," Hadamcik said. "They missed many calls on our side. Ive been to many world championships during my career and I never expressed this about the referees. This is the first time Im angry with the referees." A match penalty is automatically reviewed by the tournament disciplinary committee. Ruff hoped for no further sanctions on Schenn because the Philadelphia Flyers blue-liner is another big-minute man for Canada. The Canadians scored first for the fourth game in a row on a power-play goal from Simmonds in the first period. Canada scored once in five power-play chances and held the Czechs scoreless three times with an extra attacker. Koukal scored even-strength late in the first to pull the Czechs even. Notes: Eighteen of the Canadian players have an NHL teammate on the Czech team. ... 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The easiest thing in the world to have done would have been to have looked over it all and said the players are useless, the teams were hopeless, nobody had any idea what they were doing and hence its a decade that everybody thinks should be consigned to the dustbin. England went from trying to be as professional and forward-thinking as possible under Graham Gooch and Micky Stewart to kind of losing their way. 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Pakistan were a real force to be reckoned with - they had some extraordinary cricketers in their side - and won the World Cup at the beginning.Australia then wrestled the No 1 crown from the West Indies in an epic series at home and in the midst of all that England went from trying to be as professional and forward-thinking as possible under Graham Gooch and Micky Stewart to kind of losing their way, or losing that single strand of vision that was going to take things forward.They fell back on themselves, got to the top of the hill and fell off the other side very quickly, it was pretty chaotic. Every time things looked as if they were getting better they very, very quickly took a turn for the worse.While success was often in short supply, there was undoubted talent in the England side. Mark Ramprakash was one of a number of talented England batsmen in the 90s One of the main points was that there were a lot of guys who played in that era who were very, very fine players, the likes of Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash and their career flights kind of summed up the team in a way, their story was the teams story, Butcher explains.People who were heavy, heavy run scorers, the best and brightest in county cricket but for one reason or another things didnt quite work out for them as they ought to have done in the international arena.Ramps was fantastic, very open, very honest and his story and those of many other players throughout the time who came in and out of the side, would have been relatively similar in terms of experience. Theres a story to be told, theres a real narrative to it and its not a hatchet job on the people involved by any means. Raymond Illingworth was a big name in it, Athers was captain for most of the decade, Alec Stewart was captain for a very short time and then was sacked and we finish up with being the worst team in the world at the very end of it.The way we tried to put it together was so that it had a real kind of pace to it as well, a modern way of telling an old story I suppose.Watch England In The 90s On Demand, or at 10pm on Sky Sports 1 HD on Tuesday. Also See: Watch England in the 90s Mark Butcher Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Discount Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 ' ' '
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