Friday's notes: Sweden Wins World Junior Championship

CALGARY, CANADA - JANUARY 5: Johan Larsson #10 of Team Sweden collides with Andrei Makarov #20 of Team Russia during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship Gold Medal game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on January 5, 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Predators game last night? What Predators game last night? That's the attitude I'm taking heading into tomorrow night's date with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Instead of fretting over last night's mess, let's celebrate the 2012 World Junior Championship gold medalists, Team Sweden, who beat the defending champs from Russia to win it all in Calgary...

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Nashville Predators News

As always, the morning after a game I encourage you to surf through the "More Predators Sites" box on the left side of the main page here at OTF. Just about every Preds blog in town has a recap of last night's game.

Post-game audio is available from Barry Trotz, Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, and Gabriel Bourque (click each name for the MP3).

Gabriel Bourque scores first NHL goal; Predators fall to Stars - Nashville Predators Examiner
Give Jack Hillen full marks for retrieving the puck on Gabby's goal.

Smashville 24/7: One more thing: Tootoo drops gloves with Fistric
Tootoo & Fistric defused the tension early on, appeasing the hockey gods in a time-honored ritual.

Postgame ponderings - Predators Insider
"Your one positive pondering of the night — we’ve talked about this in the past, but Jordin Tootoo has turned into Nashville’s top forward. " With all due respect to Toots, that speaks volumes about the play of the other forwards these days.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Heja Sverige! Zibanejad Ends 31 Year WJC Drought for Sweden - Puck Worlds
A hearty "Skol!" goes out to my friends in Sweden, as the Tre Kronor triumph at the World Juniors in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Russia, which included a 58-17 shooting advantage for Sweden.

Canada Wins Bronze Medal at 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships - Puck Worlds
I don't see our neighbors to the north coping with this well.

Mike Ribeiro is earning more and more respect with each passing season - The Dallas Morning News
Slick puckhandling, two goals, taking a puck to the face and then coming back to block a shot in the 3rd? Yeah, that'll earn Mike Ribeiro lots of props in Dallas, as well it should.

HBO 24/7: Final Episode Recap - Blueshirt Banter
In case you want to read about that final episode, rather than watch it.

Bill Clinton Digs Hockey, Takes Home Puck from Florida Panthers Game v New York Rangers Thursday | On Frozen Pond
Bubba gets a souvenir!

How Rick DiPietro Retirement Rumors Roll - Lighthouse Hockey
Can that 15-year contract have worked out any worse for the Islanders?

KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : A little late-breaking: University of Michigan’s been asked about hosting Winter Classic
Super-Duper Cool.

Devils David Clarkson Becoming Top Scoring Threat | The Hockey Writers
Who'da thunk this guy would lead the New Jersey Devils in goal-scoring?

Blocked shots are a double-edged sword - Capitals Insider - The Washington Post
This isn't the way I'd like to slice the data (gotta get my db's back in gear), but it's interesting to look at.

The NHL's Most Interesting Name: The 1990s Part II - Arctic Ice Hockey
Per Djoos, anyone? Finally, we see a Nashville Predator included in this series.

Letestu Breaks Hand | BlueJackets Xtra
Some guys will do anything to get out of playing for Columbus!

Flames manhandled by Bruins - Calgary Sun
The Boston Bruins punked Calgary by a 9-0 score last night. Cue the "fire sale" puns...

Coyotes @ Kings Postgame: Falling Short In Overtime Again, Losing 1-0 - Five For Howling
Woof, this sounds exciting.

Sharks defeat Blue Jackets 2-1 with a strong overall performance - Fear The Fin
Two teams heading in opposite directions here.

Oilers Come From Ahead, Lose 4-3 To Blues - The Copper & Blue
Edmonton continues to plummet through the standings.

James van Riemsdyk steps up, scores two in 5-4 Flyers win over Chicago - Broad Street Hockey
Philly wins this rematch of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

Turris scores winner as Sens beat Bolts - Silver Seven
Ex-Coyote Kyle Turris scored his first goal as a Senator.

Rangers Vs. Panthers: Marian Gaborik's Overtime Goal Pushes Rangers Past Panthers - Blueshirt Banter
Even goals by former Predators Marcel Goc & Mike Santorelli weren't enough for the Florida Panthers.

Under Armour extends Free Shipping offer for limited time | Hockey Gear HQ
Under Armour has made available a special promo code which gets you Free Shipping on orders over $75, but it's only good for a few more days. For hockey players, they have a wide selection of products to help improve mobility and endurance out on the ice.

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