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USA/Canada WJC Semi-Final Round

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 Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The United States used an early offensive explosion and outstanding play from goalie John Gibson to defeat Canada 5-1 in the semifinals at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Jake McCabe had two goals and an assist and John Gaudreau had a pair of goals as the Americans advanced to Saturday's gold-medal game (8 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN). They'll face the winner of the second semifinal, between Russia and Sweden.

The United States has won the gold medal just twice in WJC history, in 2004 and 2010.

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

First off, there are no excuses for Team Canada. This is a lockout year, so that means Canada had its absolute best players available and didn't get the job done. It's inconceivable that two years in a row they would lay an egg like they did in the semifinals, and this year was even worse because there was no glorious near-comeback.

So this one is on everybody, from head coach Steve Spott and his staff, to every man in the lineup. That certainly includes Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He's the best junior age player world and he had a marvelous tournament prior to this game, but he didn't have it Thursday. Then there was the number one defence pair - Scott Harrington and Dougie Hamilton - on the ice for that first American goal. It looked like a fire drill. The defence was breaking down all over the place. Then there is Malcolm Subban, giving up four goals on 16 shots. Was he the only reason - no, not at all. The offence had so many shots and kept missing high and wide.

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added 10:22am, video highlights added...

 

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pautna's avatar

Awesome!

Posted by pautna on 01/03/13 at 10:28 AM ET

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was hradek crying in the last 5 seconds?  Not trying to call him out or anything, but i had no idea he had that much invested into team USA.  If so, its pretty cool.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/03/13 at 10:45 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Thank you, Paul.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/03/13 at 11:06 AM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

That was a terrible game for Canada but I do have to hand it to the US team.  They really laid into Canada and seemed to work a lot harder for it.  Kudos to them.  Hopefully, the Canadians can still win a bronze.  I personally think Sweden will win gold again.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 01/03/13 at 11:23 AM ET

Keyser S.'s avatar

USA! USA!

Time to pass the torch canada! We are a junior hockey SUPERPOWER!

Posted by Keyser S. on 01/03/13 at 11:32 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

F’n AWESOME!!!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/03/13 at 12:40 PM ET

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Easy, Keyser.

Posted by Jesters Dead on 01/03/13 at 12:40 PM ET

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Nice to see such level talent on each team.

great talent pool for NHL if it ever resumes.  Canada US Russia Sweden Slovakia Czech Finns Swiss improving Germany shows promise.  No matter who wins the Tournament. The game wins in the end.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/03/13 at 05:28 PM ET

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