World standings getting wacky
TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
|Kyle Palmieri (left) of the U.S. celebrates his goal against Finland during their world hockey championship game in Helsinki on Sunday, May 13, 2012. (Grigory Dukor/Reuters)
HELSINKI - Every year the world hockey championship gets less and less predictable.
Every day in the Helsinki pool of this year's tournament, it seems there's been a result that raised eyebrows.
The Americans beat Canada in overtime. Winless Kazakhstan takes the U.S. to overtime. Slovakia defeats the U.S. France dumps Switzerland.
And now this one: United States 5 Finland 0.
Can it be assumed Canada will defeat Belarus in its final round-robin game here Tuesday?
And who will the Canadians end up against in the quarterfinal if they do?
It all became a bowl of mixed nuts here Sunday.
After the U.S victory and a 1-0 Slovakia win over Switzerland, Canada has 16 points, the Americans 13 and Finland and Slovakia 12 each.
The U.S. plays Switzerland, Finland goes up against Kazakhstan and Slovakia plays France in the other relevant remaining games.
Undefeated Russia and one-loss Sweden have dominated in Stockholm, with the Czechs checked through to the quarterfinal and Norway and Latvia battling for the final spot.
Under the new format, instead of teams crossing over in the quarterfinals, the teams will play 1-4 and 2-3. The two winners from the Stockholm pool will fly over for crossover semifinal games.