ar4_7009_1024_thumbThe hockey season ended for Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban  at the World Championships in  Helsinki and Stockholm Thursday with respective losses by the Czech Republic and Team Canada.

Wins by the Team USA and Switzerland, allow Raphael Diaz, Alex Galchenyuk and prospect Danny Kristo to move on to the tournament semi-finals Saturday at the Globe Arena in Stockholm.

Galchenyuk, who is going for his second international medal in five months, gave the U.S. a 4-1 lead in an 8-2 beatdown of Russia.   It was the worst loss for a Russian team in their World Championship history dating back to 1954.  Galchenyuk was also part of the US World Junior Hockey Championship team in January.

Kristo, who has only nine games of professional hockey experience all  with Hamilton Bulldogs, is playing on a fourth line with former Canadien Aaron Palushaj and Florida Panthers rookie Nick Bjugstad.  He played fifteen shifts without incident.

Diaz moves on as well, after Switzerland edged Tomas Plekanec and the Czech Republic 2-1 in Helsinki.  Diaz drew the second assist on what turned out to be the game winning goal scored on a power play by defence partner Roman Josi.  Diaz was second to Josi in ice time with 22:29 spread over 30 shifts.

In the losing cause it was a typical Tomas Plekanec game.  He assisted on the only Czech Republic goal, logged 29 shifts and 21:35 ice time, more than any other forward and won 59 percent of his faceoffs.

Subban was a solid presence in the 3-2 shootout loss to Sweden.  In his World Championship debut he came was close to giving Canada a 2-0 lead  when his shot wound up in the net  at the end of the second period.  However,  replays revealed that the puck had entered the net a half second after the period ended.  Subban shared the game shots-on-goal lead with forward Matt Duchene with five.  Paired with Jay Harrison he put in just over 23 minutes.