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No Retirement Talk From Clarke MacArthur

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from Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Citizen,

The calls for Clarke MacArthur to retire have already been heard since he suffered his fourth concussion in 18 months Sunday.

He wants everybody to know he intends to be back as soon as he can.

As the Senators prepared to face the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre in a pre-season game, the veteran winger took to his Instagram account around lunch time to say he’s on the road to recovery and he’s hopeful if all goes well he’ll be able to play again soon.

Helped off the ice, and looking dazed, after being hit in the corner by blueliner Patrick Sieloff on Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre as part of a Red and White scrimmage being held during Fan Fest, MacArthur has a long road ahead if he’s going to pull on the No. 16 jersey again.

The 31-year-old MacArthur — who suited up for only four games last season after suffering a concussion on Oct. 14 against the Columbus Blue Jackets — wanted to let people know the severity of this concussion hasn’t been nearly as bad as some he has dealt with in the past.

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Team Canada Run Continues In International Play

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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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NHL Short Notes- World Cup Edition

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THURSDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Team Canada 2, TEAM EUROPE 1
 
LATE RALLY PROPELS TEAM CANADA TO WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Down 1-0 late in the third period, Patrice Bergeron tied the game at 17:07 of the frame and Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal with 43.1 seconds remaining in regulationto power Team Canada to the World Cup of Hockey 2016 championship.
 

 
* Team Canada captured its sixth victory in the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup, adding to its championships in 1976, 1984, 1987, 1991 and 2004. It also finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0-0 record; the only other time Team Canada won all of its games at such an event was the most recent iteration, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey (also 6-0-0).

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The World Cup Of Hockey Is Over - Team Canada Wins

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Brad Marchand with a very late shorty gets the game winner.

 

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Sergei Bobrovsky Hopes Weight Loss Will Eliminate Groin Injuries

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Sergei Bobrovsky said in the offseason he lost “eight kilos,” which for the metrically impaired translates to 17 pounds.

The Blue Jackets’ fitness fanatic wasn’t close to overweight. But in an effort to curb his rash of groin injuries, the goaltender chose to reduce the muscle mass he had built over the past few years.

“That was one of the purposes coming into the season,” he said Wednesday. “I feel good now. We’ll see.”

The club is yet to release the official weights of players – Bobrovsky was listed at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds in the spring – but coach John Tortorella acknowledged the goalie is one of several Blue Jackets to shed significant pounds. Winger Nick Foligno and defenseman Dalton Prout are among others who will look leaner in the team photo.

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A Heartwarming Night For Jacques Demers

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from Stu Cown of the Montreal Gazette,

If there is a nicer gentleman in the world of sports than Jacques Demers I have yet to meet him.

In fact, it would be hard to find a nicer man anywhere. So it was fantastic to see Demers’s smiling face again Wednesday night as he was inducted into the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. It was also difficult to see him in a wheelchair and unable to speak, paralyzed on his right side. But it could have been much worse after the last Canadiens coach to win a Stanley Cup suffered a stroke in April.

Demers, 72, loved to golf as a member of the Whitlock club in Hudson and has always loved to talk, as anyone who knows him will tell you. He can no longer do those two things, but his wife Debbie says he does have some feeling in his right leg and doctors think he will eventually be able to walk with a cane. He’s also working on his speech.

But as anyone who has a family member who has suffered a stroke knows, the future is always uncertain.

“It’s a slow, long process and time will tell,” Debbie said over the phone from their West Island home Thursday morning.

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Open Post- Game 2 Of The World Cup Of Hockey Finals

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Team Canada can hoist the World Cup tonight with a win over Team Europe.  It Team Europe wins, the final game will be on Saturday night.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on ESPN2, CBC and TVAS.

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“An Amazing Time To Be Canadian”

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Topics Of Discussion From The TSN Insiders

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Will Connor McDavid be named the next captain of the Oilers? What is Hockey Canada's back-up plan if NHLers don't go to the Olympics? Will Joe Thornton sign another three-year deal? The TSN Hockey Insiders cover these topics and more.

watch here...

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Offense Not An Issue For Detroit Early In The Pre-Season

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

For a team that has struggled to score, seeing the puck go in is a good visual no matter what time of the season.

The Wings are 2-0 headed into Friday’s exhibition game against Boston on the strength of a combined nine goals scored by eight different players. Even with the caveat that exhibition lineups don’t reflect NHL lineups, it’s beneficial that, for example, the expected fourth line of Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening had three goals in Wednesday’s 5-1 victory at Boston.

“When people score they gain confidence,” Wings coach Jeff Blashil said Thursday. “Glennie, Millsie, Otter all had a goal – that’s a confidence thing. I think as a hockey team it’s a confidence thing.

“We know it's not the NHL right now. But when pucks go in, you gain confidence and we’ll take it.”

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