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A Play-In Game To Get Into The World Cup Final 4?

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The World Cup of Hockey is down to the nitty-gritty, with the semifinals this weekend and the best-of-three final series opening Tuesday night. Those who called it nothing but a cash grab have been proven wrong as the hockey and the storylines have been sensational.

Even before the final faces off, there's plenty to look back at and learn from. Here's what's been filling my notebook from group play:

One and done?

After Team North America's unfortunate elimination and Team USA's opening loss to Team Europe, you heard a lot of chatter about the tournament format and how one loss shouldn't be a death knell. One thing that could have been done was advance the two group winners and the best second-place team to the semifinals and then have a one-game playoff for that final semifinal slot.

Under that scenario, Canada, Sweden and Russia would have advanced and Team North America would have met Team Europe in the play-in game for the right to claim the fourth semifinal berth. That would have dramatically cut the impact of tiebreakers deciding stay-or-go-home scenarios.

Team USA essentially lost its chance to advance with its opening loss to Team Europe. Team North America will forever rue the four goals it gave up to the Russians in a six-minute span, because they ultimately proved to undo its other 179 minutes of breathtaking hockey.

continued plus more World Cup topics...

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Ridiculous idea. Why not change the rules every year in hopes of getting that one team you wanted into the semi-finals into the finals. Nobody would be even suggesting this had North America made the semi-finals.

They knew Russia was an important head to head game and lost it plain and simple.

I’ll bet there will be more such suggestions if Canada doesn’t win the tourney.

Posted by evileye on 09/24/16 at 06:25 PM ET

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