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Video- Too Much Pressure On Team Canada

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Sid (Seixeiro) goes off on those criticizing the players on Team Canada at the World Juniors and discusses with Donnovan Bennett the interest level of the tournament.

 

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Videos- Team Canada Loses In OT, Team USA Advances To The Semi-Finals In WJC Action

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Mikey DiPietro’s eyes were as big as saucers. The only thing keeping his jaw from hitting the blue paint in front of him was his chin strap.

Minutes earlier, the raucous 18,000 rocking the red rose to their feet and chanted “Di-Pi-etro” in unison after a string of saves appeared to lift Team Canada to the semifinal. Tears were running down his mom’s face in the stands.

Suddenly, those same fans were holding their hands over their faces in utter shock.

If all of Canada remembers Jordan Eberle’s goal with 5.4 seconds left in 2009, the timestamp of 46.4 will be seared on this tournament’s memory.

Team Canada nursed a one-goal lead for much of the game, only for it to unravel with 46.4 seconds remaining.

“A World Junior game, it’s a fine line between winning and losing,” captain Maxime Comtois said. “We were on the bad side at the end.”

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VICTORIA, British Columbia – Noah Cates (Stillwater, Minn./University of Minnesota Duluth) opened the scoring, Josh Norris (Oxford, Mich./University of Michigan) netted the eventual game winner and Sasha Chmelevski (Northville, Mich./Ottawa 67's) sealed the game with an empty-net goal as the U.S. National Junior Team beat the Czech Republic, 3-1, in its quarterfinals contest of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"We knew if we put together a good 60 minutes of hockey that we'd be able to get the job done and our team was rewarded with a hard-fought victory here tonight," said Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn.), head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team. "We keep saying this process is about continuing to take steps and that's the opportunity we've given ourselves. We're on to the next round and have the chance to continue writing our own history. We'll enjoy this tonight, but come tomorrow our focus turns towards the semifinal."

With the win, the U.S. (4-0-1-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) will move to Vancouver tomorrow where it will meet the winner of the Russia-Slovakia game on Friday (Jan. 4). Puck drop for that game will be 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET) at Rogers Arena and be televised live on NHL Network. This is the fourth-consecutive year the U.S. advances to the semifinal round after advancing to win gold in 2017 and bronze in 2016 and 2018.

Highlights for both games can be watched below.

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Controversial Goal In The USA/Canada Game At The Hlinka Gretzky Cup

from the CP at TSN,

An administrative decision by the organizers of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup ended up sending Canada to the tournament's gold-medal game.

Josh Williams scored twice, including the overtime winner, as Canada advanced to the final of the under-18 hockey tournament thanks to a controversial 6-5 victory over the United States on Friday.

Canada was credited with a goal on a shot by Dylan Cozens just as time expired in the third period. However, as there is no video replay available at the tournament, the goal stood, sending the game to overtime. Williams put away the winner 1:44 into the extra period.

"Prior to the competition, at the directorate meeting, it was decided there would be no video review because the three venues being used don't all have that capacity," said Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney. "In the best interest of consistency and fairness throughout all three venues, it was decided by all teams — and signed off on — that the officials on the ice would make that call, as they did tonight.

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added 9:00am ET, from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Logic and common sense lost a big one Friday night at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup Friday at Rogers Place.

Justice was not served. And the first edition of the event in Edmonton was soiled and spoiled.

With the clock registering 0:00, Dylan Cozens scored what appeared to be the game-equalizing goal to send the semifinal against the USA to overtime.

TSN video proved beyond an element of doubt that the puck had not entered the net before time expired.

The United States should be playing Sweden in Saturday night’s gold medal game.

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A Bronze Medal For Team USA At The World Championship

HERNING, Denmark – Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass.) scored twice as the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team defeated Canada, 4-1, to win bronze at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship

With the bronze medal, the U.S. has now won a total of 12 medals in the event; winning gold once, silver four times and bronze seven times.

Nick Bonino (Hartford, Conn.) and Anders Lee (Medina, Minn.) also scored for Team USA.

Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 21 saves in the win. 

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USA Defeats Canada In World Championship Preliminary Game

HERNING, Denmark -- Cam Atkinson (Riverside, Conn.) scored both goals in the shootout and Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored twice in regulation as the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team earned a 5-4 shootout victory over Canada here tonight in its first preliminary game of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship.

"This was a great way to kick off the tournament," said Jeff Blashill, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team. "We started a little slow, but I think once we got our feet under us we proved we could compete. There were some great performances by our guys tonight and we'll look to build on this as we move forward."

Anders Lee (Edina, Minn.) and Johnny Gaudreau (Salem, N.J.) also scored for Team USA.

Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 40 saves on 44 shots in the victory.

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Hockey Canada Names First 18 Players For The World Championship

from Hockey Canada,

Hockey Canada confirmed its initial 2018 IIHF World Championship roster. The first 18 players named to compete with Team Canada May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, include six players who were part of at least one of the last three medal-winning teams.

The initial roster was confirmed following the close of the NHL regular season, and includes:

  • Goaltender: Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, Sask./Arizona) 
  • Defencemen: Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Ottawa), Vince Dunn(Lindsay, Ont./St. Louis), Joel Edmundson (Brandon, Man./St. Louis), Aaron Ekblad(Windsor, Ont./Florida), Darnell Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./Edmonton), Colton Parayko(St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis) and Ryan Pulock (Dauphin, Man./New York Islanders)
  • Forwards: Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./New York Islanders), Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel-Tracy, Que./New York Islanders), Jordan Eberle (Regina, Sask./New York Islanders), Bo Horvat (Rodney, Ont./Vancouver), Connor McDavid(Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Edmonton), Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./St. Louis), Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./St. Louis), Ryan O’Reilly (Varna, Ont./Buffalo) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau(Ottawa/Ottawa)

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Hockey Paralympic Gold Medal Game Is Tonight

from USA Hockey,

The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team meets Canada today in the gold-medal game of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. The two teams enter today's game undefeated with matching 4-0 records. Puck drop is set for 12 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET, March 17) at Gangneung Hockey Center and will be broadcast live on NBCSN as well as live streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

THE RIVALRY GOES FOR GOLD

When the puck drops today, it will mark the first time since sled hockey was introduced in the 1994 Paralympic Winter Games that the United States and Canada will face-off in a Paralympic gold-medal game. Combined, the two teams have won the last four gold medals in Paralympic play, with the U.S. capturing three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014) while Canada has won gold once (2006).

Puck drop at Gangneung Hockey Center is slated for 12 p.m. local time, making it an 11 p.m. ET puck drop on March 17 back in the United States. The contest will be televised live on NBCSN and also streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.

continued and in Canada, CBC will be streaming the game.

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Team USA Will Meet Team Canada In The Gold Medal Game Of Paralympic Olympic Games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea – Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.) scored three goals and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) added a pair as the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team beat Italy, 10-1, in the semifinals of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. With the win, the United States (4-0-0-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) advances to the gold medal game on Sunday (March 18), where it will face Canada.

“Our focus was to not look past this game and we didn’t,” said Guy Gosselin, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. “We brought a lot of energy and moved the puck well again. We’ll enjoy this win tonight and get back on the ice tomorrow as we get ready for Canada and the ultimate goal of a gold medal on Sunday.”

Puck drop for Sunday’s game at Gangneung Hockey Center is slated for 12 p.m. local time, making it an 11 p.m. ET puck drop on March 17 back in the United States. The contest will be televised live on NBCSN and also streamed live on NBCOlympics.com. The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team is seeking its third-straight Paralympic gold medal after winning gold at both the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. In five Paralympic Winter Games, the United States has won three gold medals (2002, 2010, 2014) and one bronze medal (2006).

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It Matters Canada

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

These are the games you never forget.

It doesn’t matter who you are and where you play. It doesn’t matter that nobody knows your name or your background. It doesn’t matter that this wasn’t the Team Canada we wanted or you wanted on the ice.

It matters that they lost, to Germany, fricking Germany, who didn’t qualify for the last Olympics, and lost the opportunity to play for gold in hockey, not being defeated. Beating themselves.

It matters that they lost and these players we’ve barely come to know will live with this undisciplined defeat, this game lacking direction and common hockey sense, and they will carry this 4-3 loss around with them, probably for the rest of their lives.

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Gold For Team USA

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Open Post- Gold Medal Game In Woman’s Hockey - USA/Canada

Late night game tonight, puck drops at 11:10pm ET.

Watch on NBCSN and CBC.

Feel free to comment on the game.

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Once Again, Canada vs, USA Tonight

from Rob Longley at the National Post,

How long can the pain of one crushing loss linger and how empowering can the result be for the winners of the greatest women’s hockey game ever played?

Four years after Canada ripped out the hearts of their archrival Americans in deliciously dramatic fashion, we’re about to find out.

Four years after that showdown in Sochi, the two superpowers of their sport will meet again for gold at the Gangneung Hockey Arena on Thursday afternoon (11:10 p.m. ET/8:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday in Canada).

Given a chance for full revenge only returns every 48 months in this sport, forgetting the robbery in Russia might be easier said than done for the Americans.

“They know how important it is to put that stuff in the past, to learn from experience and draw from it,” American coach Robb Stauber said of his players approach. “We’re not talking about it. We’re in South Korea and it’s 2018 and we want a different result.”

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I will have an open post up for the game.

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Your Team Canada Roster For The Winter Olympics

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) have announced the names of the 25 players nominated to represent Team Canada in men’s hockey at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Feb. 9-25, in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Canada’s roster includes three goaltenders, eight defencemen, and 14 forwards:

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Video- Recap Of Team USA Win Over Team Canada In The World Junior Championship

in case you missed it yesterday like me due to a touch of the flu...

from USA Hockey,

In front of a record crowd of 44,492, Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo./Boston University) and Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn./ Portland Winterhawks) scored in the shootout and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn./Boston University) didn’t allow a shootout goal as the U.S. National Junior Team overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Canada, 4-3, here tonight in its third preliminary round game of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship at New Era Field.

“What a tremendous atmosphere and a terrific bounce-back effort by our players,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. “This was just another moment in the U.S.-Canada rivalry and something our players and staff will enjoy for years to come. We’ll enjoy this win tonight but come tomorrow our focus turns to Finland.”

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Morning Line- Sean Burke

“We go into PyeongChang believing gold is realistic. The last time that Canada wasn’t favoured was back in ’94, and I played in ’88 and ’92 so I remember those days very well. But even then, when the Russians were so powerful and the Czechs weren’t far behind, you still went into the Olympics expecting to compete for a gold. Nothing is going to change this time around. But we know there’s a lot of work to do and that things are different. We have to build our team differently. We’ll be as prepared as we can possibly be when we go into PyeongChang to compete for a gold, and that will give us a chance to win.”

-Sean Burke, GM of Team Canada.  Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com has more on Team Canada.

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Keep An Open Mind Regarding Olympic Hockey

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s time for people to at least open their minds to the possibility that they may end up preferring the Olympics without the NHL. One major advantage is that it may create a stronger competition because hockey countries other than Canada, the U.S., Russia, Sweden and Finland may find themselves more capable of vying for medals, because the difference in talent won’t be as significant as it is when NHL players make those five countries nearly unbeatable to the rest of the world.

Best-on-best hockey is a concept that often produces terrific results, but it’s not guaranteed. Sochi, for example, was a colossal bore. Equally intriguing can be the way in which various federations build teams for important competitions without access to their best players.

Canadians, it seems, fuss over not having NHLers more than other country, primarily because people of a certain vintage in particular are familiar with the frustration of being beaten by other, sometimes lesser, hockey countries at events when Canada doesn’t have its best players. Remember, that’s why we pulled out of Olympic hockey entirely at one point.

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Team Canada vs. Team Sweden In The World Championship Gold Medal Game

Team Canada takes on Team Sweden in the gold medal game of the World Championship.

The puck drops at 2:15pm 2:45pm ET and is on the NHL Network, NBC Sports (streaming only) and TSN.

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Switzerland Upsets Canada In World Championship Preliminary Round

All you need to know...

 

 

The IIHF has the game recap.

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Team Canada and Team USA Go For Gold In Women’s World Championship Tonight

from the CP at TSN,

World championships scarce lately for the Canadian women's hockey team, they're getting another chance to end their drought.

Friday's final against the United States marks the 18th time in 18 championships the archrivals have clashed for gold.

Winner of three in a row, the American women intend to have their storybook ending on home ice with a fourth.

Canada has won 10 times and the U.S. seven. The Americans have beaten Canada in six of the last seven, including last year's 1-0 overtime victory in Kamloops, B.C.

Canada hasn't claimed gold since 2012 in Burlington, Vt. Over a third of the current team hasn't experienced victory in a world final.

"It's hard to put into words, but we really want it," forward Brianne Jenner said. "It would mean a lot to a lot of us here."

Canada blanked Finland 4-0 and the United States shut out surprise semifinalist Germany 11-0 on Thursday to advance.

The Canadians edged the Americans 3-2 in an overtime thriller to win Olympic gold in 2014.

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Puck drops at 7:30pm ET on TSN4, TSN5 and and the NHL Network in the US.

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Team USA Wins Gold At The World Junior Champonship

Team USA wins the shootout and game.  Final score 5-4.

The last save of the tournament...

 

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Open Post- Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals And Team USA vs. Team Canada

First up is...

Columbus plays at the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-O, NHL.TV) with a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history and one short of the record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (March 9-April 10, 1993).

more at NHL.com

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The United States and Canada will play for the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre on Thursday (8 p.m. ET).  Fans in the United States can watch live on NHL.com and NHL Network; Canadian-based viewers can tune in on TSN.

It will be the fourth time in the history of the tournament the countries will play against each other in the final.

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Team USA vs. Team Canada Tonight

from USA Hockey,

THE SERIES VS. CANADA

The United States and Canada are meeting for the 45th time in IIHF World Junior Championship play. All-time, the U.S. is 8-1-3-29-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against Canada.

Last Saturday (Dec. 31), Team USA defeated Canada, 3-1, behind a three-point performance from Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) and 25 save effort by Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College). Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn./University of Minnesota) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.

TEAM USA IN GOLD MEDAL GAMES

Tonight marks the fifth gold medal-game appearance for the U.S. and the fourth time its opponent will be Canada. All-time, the U.S. holds a 3-1 record in gold medal games with its last appearance being in 2013 when Team USA claimed a 3-1 victory over Sweden for its third ever gold medal in the World Junior Championship.

In its three meetings versus Canada, the U.S. is 2-1. After falling to Canada, 2-0, in the 1997 gold medal-game, the U.S. topped Canada in thrilling fashion both in 2004 (4-3 W) and 2010 (6-5 OTW).

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The game starts just after 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and numerous TSN channels.

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A Half-Full Bell Centre For Team Canada Game Last Night

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Monday's crowd of 10,215 was shockingly disappointing, even to some of the Canadian players.

Keep in mind that the cavernous Bell Centre holds more than twice that many people.

“We were a bit surprised,” Strome said. “We thought it would be pretty much full like it was in Toronto for our games. But it seemed to fill in as the game went on. And they were loud. I mean, this is the best building in the NHL.

It will be interesting to see how many fans show up for the Canada-Sweden semifinal on Wednesday, but we do know this: There are much more worthy markets in this country more appreciative of the junior game than Montreal and Toronto.

Lower the prices; have at least one of the locations in a two-market setup have a smaller rink; and, most importantly, put it in communities that really care about the event.

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Team Canada Run Continues In International Play

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Greatest hockey team ever?

Let the argument begin.

With apologies to the great Soviet national teams of yesteryear that were simply outstanding but didn't get to regularly test themselves against NHL players, Team Canada circa 2014-16 might go down as the most dominating squad to ever hit the ice in the modern era.

A perfect 12-0-0 between the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the World Cup of Hockey -- with Thursday night's thrilling 2-1 victory over Europe at Air Canada Centre as the finishing touch -- is a stretch of hockey we won't soon forget.

"It's pretty special," said World Cup MVP Sidney Crosby. "It's not easy to do, and for a good chunk of us, a lot of us were together there in Russia.

"Everyone understands playing for Team Canada, you're willing to do anything to win."

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Hiding Injuries

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

To claim that Tyler Seguin lied about his health might be a stretch. But there is no denying he exaggerated the truth concerning the state of his wonky ankle when updating Team Canada officials about his status.

Finally, less than a week before the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Seguin realized he had to come clean. His healing ankle simply wasn’t good enough to allow him to represent his country the way he wanted.

As a result, he told Team Canada officials on Tuesday that he couldn’t go on. Any attempt to do so would be cheating his team, his country and himself.

In the words of coach Mike Babcock: “He came to us and said: ‘I haven’t been very truthful.’ ”

Within minutes of that statement from Babcock going public, social media blew up with critics lambasting Seguin for allegedly being deceitful. Frankly, that’s going overboard.

Truth be told, this happens all the time. Players constantly are pulling Pinocchio acts, saying they feel fine when they really don’t.

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Pressure On Team Canada As World Cup Of Hockey Approaches

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

In early July, about two months before the start of training camp for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Mike Babcock held a conference call with the 23 members of the Team Canada roster.

Armstrong said Babcock gave simple instructions for the summer: "Train to be ready to play. We're not going to wade into this."

It is now early August, a month before the start of camp, and amid the quietest period of the NHL offseason, there is a sense of urgency for those involved in the World Cup because of the timing and format of the tournament. What players do now in rinks and gyms across North America and Europe will impact not only who wins the World Cup, but who emerges healthy for the NHL season.

There is particular pressure on Team Canada, which won the past two Olympic gold medals and will play on home ice. The Canadians open camp Sept. 4 in Ottawa. They play Team USA on Sept. 9 in Columbus in their first of three exhibitions. They play the Czech Republic on Sept. 17 in Toronto in their first of three preliminary round games.

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New Sweaters For Team Canada

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Canada Wins Gold At the World Championship

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Canada has now defended its title from last year successfully, and in doing so replicated its win the last time the World Championship was held in Moscow in 2007 when the nation defeated Finland.

Matt Duchene added an empty-netter with 0.9 seconds remaining.

Cam Talbot was perfect in the Canadian goal, although he had to stop only 16 shots for the shutout victory.

With the win, two Canadians made history. Captain Corey Perry becomes the 27th member of the Triple Gold Club and McDavid becomes the youngest player in history to win the U18 gold, U20 gold, and World Championship gold.

It was a tactical and strategic game that lacked the end-to-end action both teams displayed throughout the tournament, but Canada was intent on doing the things it failed to do in the round robin when the Finns won in convincing 4-0 fashion. 

Canada controlled much of the first period and came away with the only goal, but just barely. The play started and ended with 19-year-old McDavid. He coiled in his own zone and then spun up ice at a terrific pace, dropping the puck to Matt Duchene just inside the blue line.

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Team Canada Defeats Team USA In World Championship Semi-Final Game

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Just as was the case in 2007, the last time Moscow hosted the World Championship, Canada will face Finland for the gold. The speedy and impressive Americans will play Russia for bronze.

Tonight's game was no classic, but the difference between the winners and losers was marginal. Nervous and tentative play often produced icings and more whistles than what one would have liked, but the tension was palatable as the U.S. tried to get to a game for a medal it hasn't won since 1933.

Canada, last year's champions, now have a chance to repeat while Finland is trying to make history as the first country to win U18 gold, U20 gold, and World Championship gold in the same season.

A nervous first period produced two goals at one end, a nice save at the other, and not much else. Canada drew first blood at 8:59 after an extended period of puck possession in the U.S. end, culminating with a poor-angle shot by Boone Jenner.

Keith Kinkaid made the save but the puck came out the back side to Brendan Gallagher, who swatted it in while being checked.

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Preliminary Roster For Team Canada, World Cup Of Hockey

via the NHLPA,

Hockey Canada announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

Named to Team Canada are:

G Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
F Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
F Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
F Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
F Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
F Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
F John Tavares, New York Islanders
F Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

The remaining team will be announced in early June.

Below a short video of the Team Canada sweater.

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Drew Dougthy On The World Junior Championship

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

"It was probably one of the first times I was really under a ton of pressure going out there for every shift," Doughty said. "The entire nation of Canada is watching that game and they put so much pressure on players, it's difficult. I played pretty well there and dealt with it pretty well and I think it made me grow as a player."...

"It's always been like that. Ever since I was a kid," he said. "That's what you do: on Boxing Day you wake up and you watch Team Canada. It's definitely a tradition. Everybody gets into it and everybody's rooting for their country."...

Doughty said Canadians' fanaticism might put too much pressure on their players. "I know how young kids are. They want to see what people are saying about them so they're going to go look at what Bob McKenzie is saying on TSN about them and on and on and on," he said. "For them I think the best thing to do is just stay away from that stuff. It's difficult to do but at least it's not in Canada. That's a bonus. They can kind of get away from it. They won't have it on TV 24/7."

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Afternoon Lines- Jack Todd And Mike Harrington

 

 

 

Team USA defeated Team Canda 4-2 today.

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Video- Preview Of USA/Canada World Junior Championship Game Today

Bob McKenzie and James Duthie of TSN with a preview of USA/Canada WJC game.

Puck drops at 1:00pm ET on NHL Network and TSN.

 

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Mike Babcock Has More Important Things To Do

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Mike Babcock says he'd never say no to Hockey Canada when the sport's national governing body comes asking for his help.

That's too bad. He should have said no this time. He should be devoting his time to the Maple Leafs.

The World Cup of Hockey is not the Olympics and it's not even a true World Cup. There are two teams that don't belong: That team of under-23s and a pan-European all-star squad.

Can you imagine soccer, rugby or cricket -- all with huge world cup tournaments -- operating like that? Telling, say, Asian countries you don't have a chance so let's put an all-star team of Chinese, Japanese and Koreans together. And instead of countries like Canada or Australia trying out, we'll invited the best Europeans under 23?

How ridiculous. Hockey's World Cup format is an embarrassment. No more than a cash-grab.

And winning it? It won't feel like the Olympics.

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Hockey Canada Announces Coaching Staff For 2016 World Cup Of Hockey

from Hockey Canada,

Mike Babcock will return to international competition in September as the Team Canada head coach at the World Cup of Hockey.

Babcock (Saskatoon, Sask./Toronto, NHL) joined Hockey Canada president and CEO, Tom Renney, and Team Canada’s general manager, Doug Armstrong, at a news conference on Thursday where it was confirmed he will take the helm as head coach when the World Cup of Hockey makes its return in Toronto in September 2016.

“We’re happy to have Mike lead our World Cup coaching staff next September. His successes in creating a winning culture in a two-week tournament are well documented,” said Armstrong. “We are looking forward to representing Canada and making our country proud.”

Joining Babcock on the coaching staff are a group of successful coaches who bring equally impressive credentials of their own. Armstrong and Renney announced that Claude Julien, Barry Trotz, Joel Quenneville, and Bill Peters will be working with Babcock as assistant coaches for Team Canada.

“Thanks to immense depth, Canada is able to tap into world-class coaching, and this group clearly demonstrates that,” said Renney.

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Gold For Canada In The World Championship

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

This is Canada's first gold since 2007, and with the win Sidney Crosby becomes the 26th member of the Triple Gold Club and the first to captain all three championship teams.

The penalty-free opening period was a blend of nerves and skill, fear of making a critical error and blazing speed. Both teams had great chances to score, although Canada held a wide margin in puck possession. Sean Couturier fired a rebound over the open net while being checked, and Alex Ovechkin made a great rush only to fire high when the time came to shoot.

Cody Eakin opened the scoring at 18:10 when Viktor Tikhonov failed to clear the zone. Tyler Ennis got the puck and curled through the middle, then turned and fired a low shot that went off Eakin’s skate and in. The goal, by Canada’s fourth line, came on Eakin’s third shift of the game.

The player of the period, though, was Sidney Crosby, who made several great passes to create good scoring chances for linemates Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.

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Canada And Russia Go For The Gold Today

from Andy Potts of IIHF.com,

Canada vs. Russia. The birthplace of the game against one of its most artistic disciples. A clash of styles and cultures, steeped in history on and off the ice. And, this year, a battle between a heavyweight roster that cruised through the early stages and an injury-hit team steadily gaining in momentum. The collision course is set; the confrontation will be intense.

The stellar Canadian offence has gathered most of the plaudits in this tournament, and not without justification. With 60 goals in nine games Canada boasts the four leading point-scorers – Jason Spezza, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Matt Duchene – as well as seeing Brent Burns in the top 10 as the second most productive defenceman of the competition. Spezza and Hall were on the scoresheet yet again to lead the team to a 2-0 win over the Czechs and it’s tempting to assume that this roster will simply blow the opposition off the ice.

continued

The puck drops just after 2:30pm ET and is on NBCSN and TSN.

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Gold For Canada

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Loud, proud, and sold right out, the 19,014 fans who packed into the Air Canada Centre were treated to another special battle between the two greatest hockey countries. In the end, Canada withstood a fierce comeback from Russia to win its first gold since 2009 and 16th title overall.

"This is amazing," gushed captain Curtis Lazar. "I really wanted to help Canada get back on top, and everyone did their part. I was just along for the ride. We had the momentum; we let it sleip away a little bit, but we hung in there."

Lazar was quick to credit the Toronto fans who flocked to games both with Canada and without in remarkable numbers. "The crowd supported us and was with us every step of the way. They were so loud, and to sing the national anthem along with them was special."

Max Domi had a goal and two assists to give him ten points for the tournament, fourth in the scoring race behind three Canadian teammates who all had eleven – Sam Reinhart, Nic Petan, and Connor McDavid.

"We’re World Junior champions," said McDavid succinctly. It’s joy. Right now, this is just absolute joy."

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Open Post- Team Canada vs. Team Russia For WJC Gold

from TSN,

Canada's last gold came on home ice in Ottawa in 2009, and the team is hoping to repeat that success in Toronto this year. Zach Fucale will get the start in goal for Canada.

"I really want them to just have fun and enjoy it," said Canadian captain Curtis Lazar. "We've worked hard to get to this point. The fans at the ACC have been awesome and I really want them to just get caught in the moment, kind of take a step back and soak it all in, because it's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and opportunity for us.

"I feel like if we go out there and we play the right way, the way we can, we'll be able to get the job done."...

The Russians feel their tough road to the gold medal game could be an advantage as they take another unbeaten team – and a team yet to trail - in Canada.

"We had a couple of pretty hard games against the U.S. and Sweden," forward Ivan Barbashyov said after Russia's Sunday win. "We know how to play, and we'll be playing the same way we played today and two days ago."

more

The game is on NHL Network US and TSN1, TSN4, TSN5 and TSN GO. Pregame at 7:30pm ET, puck drops just after 8:00pm.

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Live Stream- Team USA vs Team Canada, WJC Preliminary Round

The puck drops just after 4:00pm ET in this much anticipated game.

Both teams are assured of moving on to the quarter finals but it should be an enjoyable game to watch.

View the live stream below...

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Campbell: Lady Byng finalist Martin St. Louis’ trade demands weren’t ‘gentlemanly’

The NHL announced that Martin St. Louis is one of the finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player today, but the Hockey News's Ken Campbell summarizes at least the Twitter-using media's reaction to said news:

Martin St-Louis did not get my vote for the Lady Byng, basically because he didn’t deserve it. St-Louis may have had only 10 penalty minutes this season, but he did anything but prove he was worth of the award that goes, “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”

Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t believe that a player who sulks and whines and demands a trade out of town because he wasn’t originally selected for the Canadian Olympic team “exhibits the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct.” In most corners of the world, we would call a guy who does something like that a big baby.

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Mike Babcock On Team Canada 2018

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Does he want a chance at a threepeat as Canada's head coach?

"That's a real good question that you can ask me again in three years," the 50-year-old head coach of the Detroit Red Wings said. "I don't have a clue at this point. I still perceive myself as a young guy. I plan on coaching for a while yet. We'll see what happens.

"There are great, great coaches in Canada. If someone else deserves the opportunity, they should get it. If I'm still in the running at that time, we'll see. Only time will tell."

more from Babcock on different topics and other hockey notes too...

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Simmons: Jonathan Toews is the NHL’s franchise-building player

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons returned to North America from Sochi, Russia in a contemplative mood, and he's focusing on one particular topic in a Saturday night/Sunday morning column--suggesting that Jonathan Toews has succeeded Sidney Crosby as hockey's most valuable all-round player:

One player to choose to start a franchise? You can have Sidney Crosby.

I’m taking Jonathan Toews.

I’m taking the 25-year-old who already has two Stanley Cup rings and two Olympic gold medals, a player who intrinsically seems to comprehend what it takes to win and with a willingness to do whatever it means to get there.

For the second Olympic Games in succession, Toews was Canada’s best forward: His line with Jeff Carter and Patrick Marleau, was Team Canada’s strongest line throughout the Olympic hockey tournament.

He’s not fancy like his teammate, Patrick Kane, or as offensively gifted or driven as Crosby, or with a rocket shot like Steven Stamkos, or even with Phil Kessel’s speed: He is just complete. As absolute and certain as there is in today’s world of hockey.

Simmons continues, addressing numerous topics...

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Don’t Forget NHL Revealed - Sochi Edition Debuts Tonight

According to NHL.com, here is the schedule for tonight...

NBCSN – Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET

CBC – Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.

Plus more about tonight's show.

A sneek peak...

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Video- The Montreal Canadiens Honor Team Canada’s Gold Medal Hockey Teams

The video is about 5 1/2 minutes long.

Very nice presentation as always in Montreal.

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Morning Line

Canada’s men’s hockey players are the most different of all our Olympians. They play always in the limelight. They make fortunes of money. They play a sport Canadians originated and have dominated. They expect and are expected to win. In Sochi, they played without arrogance, with no misdirected emotion. They were solidly, forcefully, smartly better than everyone else. Their gold medal win in the last Olympic event was the punchline to the story their Olympic teammates had been writing for 17 days. In Sochi, the men’s hockey team came to embody what we have become.

-Ken Dryden, HHOF goaltender on Team Canada.  Read more on them from Dryden at the Globe and Mail.

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Recap Of Canada’s Gold Medal Win Over Sweden

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

History is rarely on the minds of players at the precise moment they win something as significant as an Olympic gold medal in men’s hockey. The experience is too fresh, too new, and really just too much fun in the here-and-now to think about its significance or long-term impact.

In a decisive win marked by an immediately jubilant celebration just as most Canadians were sipping their morning coffees, Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team won its third gold medal in the last four Olympics and they did it in their most convincing style yet. In defeating Sweden 3-0 in Sunday’s final, Canada complete an undefeated 6-0 run to the championship, becoming the first team since the Soviet Union in 1984 to do so.

continued with team reaction to the win...

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Morning Line

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Golden Smiles For Team Canada

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Canada Is Gold In Sochi

Congratulations to Team Canada for winning the gold medal in men's hockey.

Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 by dominating the Swedes on both ends of the ice.

Hopefully we see the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea and I am on the side of the players.  If they want to play, the NHL should stand behind their decision.

After all, it's not Olympic hockey without the best players in the world.

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