Detroit Red Wings and Team Sweden forward Johan Franzen spends a lot of time around the goal and therefore has taken his fair share of punishment over the years. This was on display Friday when the Swedes fell to Russia 7-3 during their round robin game at the World Championships in Stockholm.
Franzen and Russian defenseman Alexei Emelin mixed it up throughout the game, including one occasion resulting in this glorious dive by Emelin. In the first period, after Henrik Zetterberg's goal put Sweden up 2-1, Emelin was given a two-minute minor for "slashing", though watching the replay, it was clear it was more than a slash:
The IIHF disciplinary panel reviewed the play and announced a one-game suspension for Emelin. He'll miss Russia's next game against the Czech Republic on Sunday. Nashville Predators fans are likely thinking, "Yeah, that's karma for this."
As if taking a stick to the midsection wasn't bad enough for Franzen, early in the third period as the puck was loose around the Russian net, Dmitri Kalinin (remember him Sabres fans?) attempted to clear the big Sweden from the crease with a cross-check to the face:
Franzen suffered a broken nose and according to a Swedish report (via George Malik), he will not play against Italy today.
Kalinin, for his efforts, was given a match penalty on the play, which equal an automatic one-game suspension. After a review, the IIHF added two more games to his total meaning he'll miss Russia's remaining round robin matches, along with the first game of the playoff round.
So how was your Friday?
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