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Morning Line- Dean Lombardi

 

added 12:18pm, Video of the statement below...

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Go Suomi Go

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

There is only one thing to say from this view after having more fun than anyone should have for getting paid to go watch a hockey game.

Let's go, Fin-land. Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap.

Let's go, Fin-land. Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap.

What's that, you say? Journalists aren't supposed to root? You're right. But in this case, I think you'll agree I'm within bounds to pull for the greater good of the sport.

If the hockey gods have any sense of history and justice -- and any semblance of brains -- Finland will beat Russia in regulation Thursday in its final game of group play and let Team North America go through to the semifinals of the World Cup.

We love this sport so much even when it infuriates us to no end (hello, toenail challenges). So it's not fair that we might have seen the last of the 23-and-under phenoms playing together in their orange and black gear that folks in and around the Air Canada Centre are struggling to keep on the shelves.

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Video- Highlights From Wednesday’s World Cup Games.

In case you missed the action from Wednesday's World Cup games.

 

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NHL Short Notes- World Cup Edition

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
Team North America 4, TEAM SWEDEN 3 (OT)
TEAM CANADA 4, Team Europe 1
 
 
CANADA, SWEDEN CLINCH GROUP TITLES; SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
Team Canada clinched Group A and Team Sweden clinched Group B in Round Robin play Wednesday at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Following is the schedule for the Semifinals beginning Saturday:
 
Saturday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., ET
Team Canada (1st, Group A) vs. Team North America or Team Russia (2nd, Group B)
 
Sunday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m., ET
Team Sweden (1st, Group B) vs. Team Europe (2nd, Group A)

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Video- Coach’s Corner From The World Cup Of Hockey

Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed Team Canada, Team North America ("they learned their hockey in Canada") and a few more topics including Phil Kessel.

 

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Open Post- Team Europe vs. Team Canada

Team Europe takes on Team Canada at 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, Sportsnet and TVAS.

The scenario of this game...

* The winner of the Team Europe-Team Canada game will clinch first place in Group A.

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Team North America Defeats Team Sweden 4-3 In OT

Nathan MacKinnon with the game winner.

Now Team North America must hope Finland defeats Russia tomorrow, which would allow them to reach the final four along with Canada, Sweden and Team Europe.  If Russia defeats Finland in any fashion, they are in the semi-finals.

MacKinnon OT goal...

 

added 6:42pm, Watch the ESPN call of the MacKinnon goal below...

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Open Post- Team North America Against Team Sweden

Team North America meets Team Sweden at 3:00pm ET on ESPN, Sportsnet and TVAS.

Matt Murray listed as day-to-day, John Gibson starts in goal.

Today's clinching scenarios...

* Team Sweden will clinch a spot in the semifinals – as well as first place in Group B – if it earns at least one point against Team North America.

* Team North America will clinch a spot in the semifinals if it defeats Team Sweden in regulation.

* Team North America will be eliminated from semifinal contention if it loses to Team Sweden by five or more goals.

* Team Finland will be eliminated from semifinal contention if Team North America earns at least one point against Team Sweden.

* The winner of the Team Europe-Team Canada game will clinch first place in Group A.

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Team USA Responds To The Criticism

via Mark Masters tweets,

David Backes disappointed by Ryan, Kessel tweets: "Those comments don’t get lost in the fray. Those comments will be remembered."

Backes: "I understand there were hard feelings, but as a guy who stands by my teammates it’s a little distasteful & aggravating"

Zach Parise on Kessel: "Didn't Phil have surgery? I don't think he could even play anyway so his tweet didn't really make sense."

Parise: "Everyone can have their opinion. They can say what they want to say. We were here. We tried hard. We played hard. We came up short"

Palmieri: "It’s easy to pick us apart & take shots, but I don’t think there’s any guy in this room who’s going to lose sleep over a tweet"

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Read All About Team USA

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Americans, meanwhile, are 0-2 and out – the memories of their 1996 victory in this tournament growing ever faint.

It was considered something of a coup when ESPN, the U.S. cable and satellite giant, secured the rights to the World Cup, outbidding NBC, the NHL’s American national television partner. ESPN isn’t just the worldwide leader in sports; it is also the worldwide leader in promoting its own television product – and up until this point, it had shown little interest in hockey since losing the NHL contract.

This event was considered a significant opportunity – for the network and for the league – to showcase the changes and improvements in the NHL product, since ESPN last broadcast hockey.

Instead, you can comfortably predict how the American pratfall will diminish ratings for an event that still has up to 12 days to run.

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Lombardi will accept some of the blame because he understands this is a results-oriented business. It's fair to question whether Tortorella was the right coach because he couldn't seem to pull the highest performance level out of this team. The Americans can play better than they showed against Team Europe and Canada.

After everyone sorts through whether it was the management's, coaches' or players' fault, there will be changes moving forward because a group of young, skilled players, led by Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel, will dramatically change the look of this team at the next Olympics or World Cup.

But in the rush to blame someone for the team’s failure, what might be overlooked is that this generation of American players might not have been dominant enough to win a major tournament. Compare the best players from every country, and see where the USA falls.

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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

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