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Again I won't spoil the results but if you wish to watch game highlights, look below to watch the TSN version.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
So Canada's under-20 national team won't be playing for the gold medal, after getting clocked 5-1 by the United States Thursday at the world junior championship in Ufa, Russia.
So this means ... what? A colossal failure? Cause for a royal commission? A closing of the borders so that those dastardly foreigners - all two of them, per team - can't play in our major junior leagues, take spots away from our own kids, and then turn around and use what they've learned here to beat us over there?
Or is it simply one more chapter in the ongoing story of a sport that now belongs to the elite players of a half-dozen or more nations, not just one or two. To Americans and Swedes, to Russians and Canadians, to Finns and Swiss and Czechs.
Not necessarily, but sometimes, in that order.
Spoil alert if you keep reading.
Even thought I believe it is the reader who should avoid any type of media until they have watched the game they dvr'd, I will continue with the results below, thus allowing those who are reading via rss or Twitter to stop reading now.
from Russia Beyond The Headlines,
RBTH: You seem so sure that the NHL won’t let its players go to the Olympics, but the League won’t comment on this. Do you have inside information from top officials?
V.F.: I know some details of the talks between the NHL and the players. Believe me, international tournaments is the last thing they are talking about, well, maybe the second-to-last thing.
RBTH: But surely the Olympics should be one of the most important points on the agenda…
V.F.: You have to understand the psychology of business. For Bettman, just like any other NHL club owner, the Stanley Cup is a dream. But it also means money.
The Olympics are organized by the International Olympic Committee, which never shares its profits. This is their event, and something tells me that Bettman couldn’t care less about the players who want to play for their national team. I think most of the other club owners will agree with him.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
One item that has yet to be resolved on which the players should insist is participation in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and beyond. Actually, both sides should be eager to get this done. If the NHL and the NHLPA are truly repentant about putting their fans through this latest imbroglio and truly want to do right by them, then they will do the right thing and make sure the best players on the planet play each other on the biggest stage in the world every four years.
In fact, when you think about it, it really is the least they can do. Regardless of whether or not the two sides come to an agreement and the season is saved in the next week or so or the dispute drags on into next season, the owners will get a bigger piece of the revenue share and will undoubtedly recoup all their losses to this point and then some. And while the players will have undeniably endured a reduction in take-home pay, they will still be very well compensated for what they do.
The only real losers in this dispute are the fans who have had to live without NHL hockey for almost three months and those whose livelihoods depend on the league playing on a regular basis. While Olympic participation would not be a cure-all, it would be one in a myriad of things both sides could do to help improve their image and repair the enormous amount of damage they have caused.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored first period goals and Malcolm Subban was stellar in net with 32 saves as Canada edged the United States 2-1 at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
Subban, who's had his share of critics before the start of the tournament, recorded a .973 save percentage in the victory, compared to just .893 in each of his first two games. And he was busy in the early going, with 24 saves through the first 40 minutes that included a breakaway stop on John Gaudreau in the first period and killing a four-minute double minor in the second.
"Obviously, (our) goaltending has been under the radar for the last couple of years," Team Canada head coach Steve Spott told TSN. "So it was great for his confidence and for our hockey club that when you need him to get the job done, he's able to close the door. He was deserving of being the star tonight."
continued and you can watch the game highlights below...
from the CP at TSN,
Canada will be down two forwards for Sunday's game against the U.S. at the world junior hockey championship because of another suspension.
JC Lipon must serve a one-game suspension handed down by the International Ice Hockey Federation on Saturday for his hit on Slovak forward Tomas Mikus on Friday.
Forward Boone Jenner will also serve the third in his three-game suspension imposed on the eve of the tournament for a check on a Swedish player during a pre-tournament game.
Watch the Lipon hit below...
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It begins. The single most important tournament for NHL scouts. The world junior hockey championship.
Scouts from all 30 NHL teams have descended upon Ufa, Russia, site of this year’s tournament, to begin picking apart the games of the world’s best teenaged hockey players to see how they do against each other.
“It’s the one tournament where you cover both amateur and pro,” said Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis. “For that reason, it’s probably the most important tournament of the year.”
The Leafs will have had up to six front-office types and scouts attend the tournament or the pretournament camps. Some teams are going with smaller contingents. All are formulating plans for the draft while starting to get a book ready on the players already drafted.
Will you be watching a very early game live tomorrow morning when Canada meets Germany at 4:30am ET?
The USA will take on the German team at 9:00am on Thursday.
Also, you can visit the official WJC website for all kinds of information.
As for my plans, I have nothing better to do tomorrow at 4:30am, so I will be watching.
Watch a holiday greeting from Team USA below...
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