by PuckStopsHere on 09/23/16 at 08:39 PM ET
The round robin portion of the World Cup of Hockey completed yesterday. All of the games took place in Toronto's Air Canada Centre. The teams are divided into two four team groups that each played a round robin. Group A consists of Canada, the Czech Republic and USA as well as a Team Europe that consists of players from European countries that were otherwise not going to be repesented in the tournament. Group B consists of Finland, Russia and Sweden as well as a Team North America that consists of North American players 23 years old and younger. These players were not eligible to play on Team Canada or Team USA.
Here are the results:
1. Canada. They dominated this group finishing 3-0 and outscoring opponents by a score of 14-3. Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene led the way offensively. With four points each they are tied for the tournament lead in scoring. Alex Pietrangelo has led their defence so far and Carey Price has been their top goaltender.
2. Team Europe. They finished the round robin 2-1 with their only loss against Canada. Mats Zuccarello and Leon Draisaitl led the way offensively, Christian Ehrhoff (who is currently unsigned by any NHL team) has been their top defenceman and Jaroslav Halak has provided strong goaltending.
3. Czech Republic. They finish with one win against USA. Milan Michalek has led the way offensively. Zbynek Michalek has been a top defenceman. Petr Mrazek has been their top goaltender.
4. USA. This team disappointed losing all three of their games. Their top scorer was defenceman Ryan McDonagh with two goals. Joe Pavelski was their top forward. Jonathan Quick played the majority of the time in goal, but he posted a .863 saves percentage.
1. Sweden. They won this group with two wins and an overtime loss, which in the NHL's scoring system is worth 5 points. Their overtime loss came against Team North America. Nicklas Backstrom and Filip Forsberg led the way offensively. Erik Karlsson was an offensive force as well from defence. Henrik Lundqvist has been their top goalie.
2. Russia. Russia had two wins and a loss. The loss came against Sweden. Since it was not in overtime, they wind up with four points. Alex Ovechkin and Vladimir Tarasenko led the way offensively. Alexei Emelin has been a top defenceman. Sergei Bobrovsky provided strong goaltending.
3. Team North America. This team also had a 2-1 record with their loss coming against Russia. This gives them a tie in points with the Russians, but the tie breaker is the result in their common game, hence Russia is ahead of North America. Johnny Gaudreau has four points and is tied for the tournament scoring lead along with teammate Shayne Gostisbehere on defence. John Gibson was their top goaltender.
4. Finland. This team lost all its games and only scored one goal. Valterri Filppula scored their goal. Tuukka Rask was their top goaltender.
The top two teams in each group move onto the semi-finals. Canada will play Russia tomorrow and Sweden will play Team Europe on Sunday. The winners of those games will play in a best of three final round.
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