Wednesday, September 28, 2016
This Team Canada looks pretty good at the World Cup of Hockey Jersey. They play Team Europe tonight with a chance to keep the record of the national senior male team spotless.
But are they the best team ever Canada?
In 1987, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky group that won the Canada Cup is probably my favorite, closely followed by the 1976 group, which won the first Canada Cup with a fantastic performance of Bobby Orr in what was essentially the swan song of the great defender.
1972 Canada Summit Series offered good memories and historical moments, but the team was flawed because it lacked Orr due to injuries and other like Bobby Hull, because they had defected to the WHA.
Monday, September 26, 2016
TORONTO - Team Europe, listed in Las Vegas as a 33-1 long shot to win the World Cup of Hockey, is now just two wins away from making that happen.
Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game 3 minutes, 43 seconds in overtime to give Europe a 3-2 win against Sweden and a place in the best of three rounds of the championship series the tournament against Canada.
"We said from the beginning, 'Play for your country," said the European coach Ralph Krueger. "When you hear the Swedish hymn, it is yours. When you hear the Czech anthem, it is yours. When you hear the Canadian anthem, it is yours. And the players have bought into it. Play together, play together with the puck, play together without the puck, fight for each other, but play for your country, and it took us a long way. "
Europeans are still considered a long shot as they head into Game 1 of the finals Tuesday (20 pm ET, ESPN).
"It's a different animal, we will face," European forward Marian Hossa said about Canada Hockey Jersey. "Everybody has to dig deep to succeed against this team. There is a next game and we're just trying to prepare ourselves against them and play a strong defensive game and you never know."
This is a team that has been dug deep since training camp began.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
TORONTO - Team USA's 4-3 loss to the Czech Republic in their final World Cup match put a frame around the most disappointing performance of the tournament the Americans since 1998 Olympics, when an unexpected early exit led to players trashing rooms in the Olympic village.
The US group had no problems off the ice, but the Americans were 0-3 in the tournament and were outscored 11-5 in the losses.
"It's really disappointing for a team that cares so much," said defenseman Jack Johnson, who played for the US national team 11 times.
Before the tournament began, most forecasters, the Czechs had pegged as the worst team in the tournament. But the Toronto Maple Leafs player Milan Michalek scored a pair of goals to lead the Czechs their first victory in the tournament.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
World Cup Hockey Matthews aùsto reason to be in the spotlight for all the big ones is what he did not do: to fit in a regular season NHL game.
That will come soon enough.
Point-a-game through two World Cup games, as a player, even to go to the net hard with his goal against Russia on Monday night that he will give a fella a tap-ins Connor MCDAVID finish line.
It gives you a little bit, but in 1991 made an even bigger jump than Eric Lindros Matthews. When the man-child of eight points in the original Hockey Canada Cup in Canada in 1991, No.1 pick of the Quebec Nordiques in the Memorial Cup on the heels of the leader of the Oshawa Generals was just after a few months.
"It is a great honor to represent your country at this stage," says Lindros, who will be honored with induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. "I have great wins in this situation ... there is so much more high-end guys to hang out with a better learning environment."
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Patrick Kane and his fellow Team USA Hockey Jersey team knew they were scheduled to cross with Team Canada power during the preliminary round of the World Cup of Hockey.
What they did not expect was the confrontation that happens to them is teetering on the brink of elimination. But that was the situation Tuesday night when Team Canada skated to a 4-2 win at the Air Canada Centre. All that remains now is to make travel plans across the border.
"Two games here and that's it," Kane said. "It's just amazing. It's crazy how hockey is."
The loss not only ended the US search to reach the semifinal round also questions about the direction of the program. Before the game, the US team coach John Tortorella called the showdown with Canada "a great opportunity for US hockey."
Monday, September 19, 2016
Los Angeles (AFP) - Sweden withstood a late return of the offer Alex Ovechkin Russian team to win 2-1 Sunday as each team opened their account in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.
Ovechkin thought he had the goal with 8.2 seconds left in the third period equalizer, but game officials ruled that it intended because he batted the puck into the net with his hand.
Video review confirmed the call on the ice.
For Russia, it was a disappointing opening the two-week tournament, eight teams with a wealth of the best players in the National Hockey League.
Captain of the Washington Capitals Ovechkin, always looking for his first crown of the Stanley Cup from the NHL at age 31, had a distinct lack of success in a Russian jersey in these "best best over-" events.
He won three gold medals with Russia at the World Championship, but the event overlaps the playoffs and NHL do not have all the best players in the elite league.
NHL players began participating in the Olympics in 1998 and Russia has never won gold, silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. The Russians rebounded from their home Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 in the quarterfinals.
With the commitment of the NHL to do all the best players available for future Olympics hesitant, restarted the World Cup may be the best chance for Ovechkin to prove he can lead Russia to a title in a tournament setting featuring the world's best.
Ovechkin scored on a wrist shot in traffic with 33 seconds in the third period to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Team Sweden goalie Jacob Markstrom, starting in place of the ill Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves and forward Gabriel Landeskog and defenseman Victor Hedman scored less than three minutes apart in the second period to challenge Sweden to an advance of 2 -0.
Landeskog scored a powerplay goal at 10:41, four seconds into the man-advantage.
Hedman scored on a power supply of the left wing Carl Hagelin at 24:52.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
TORONTO - The IIHF World Championship is only one game old and already the tournament life of the US team is in danger of being completed.
After shaking their 3-0 European teams in the first match in the eight-team tournament, the Americans will likely have to beat Canada on Tuesday and the Czech Republic on Thursday to qualify for the semi-finals. It is possible for the Americans to go with only one victory, but it would require an unlikely combination of circumstances.
"This is a must win for us," USA Hockey Jersey center Derek Stepan said. "Maybe it's a good thing. ... We have a little bit of adversity and we have to our level and to our game."
The Americans entered the tournament wishing to establish a physical presence, it will be difficult to play against, and not let the opponent to disrupt their game plan. They did control the puck against the European team, but they are not intimidated by the Europeans and the Americans seemed stymied when Europeans rolled into a protective shell.
"For some reason, our readings were a step behind today," Stepan said.
Team Europe has eight players from countries that do not have a team in the tournament. But the strangeness does not slow them down, and that was how they played together for several months, and not two weeks.
"We understand that we can not run and shoot with the teams and stay patient and wait for our chance to survive and help our goalkeeper out - maybe it's not the flashiest (approach) - is actually quite boring, but it works." center Team Europe said Kopitar, who plays for the Los Angeles Kings.
The Americans put 35 shots on goaltender Europe Galak (New York Islanders), while Jonathan Quick faced only 17 shots.
"I will never question the level of effort," Stepan said. "When it comes to Xs and Os, there were times we were a little late, perhaps, our speed and our mind was not quite there. When you're a step behind at any level you want to give up the sights and have a good chance Washers going It ends up in the back of your network. "
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Toronto - Todd McClellan, overlooking his team North American bench, we look at the array of talent that would have any hockey scouts drool.
The first of the overall shooting captain Connor in the NHL draft in 2015 McDavid is, first pick Auston Matthews (2016) of the fellow, Aaron Ekblad (2014), Nathan MacKinnon (2013) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011 ) has led the squad contains.
Jonathan Drouin, Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, John Gibson, Seth Jones, Matt Murray, Morgan Rielly, when you add a mark Scheifele Jacob Trouba, we have a team of young stars of the full World Cup.
In addition, the squad coaching of NHL has a different challenge.
Team of "NHL is, standing all of the power play, but 21 people on the board to put their feet is not in there, McClellan told to lead the work Edmonton Oilers of" that day. "all over here they are already ice, it you've got to put them in the 15 back to the players of the bench."
, It is a non-legitimate entry in the young skilled high-speed, team North American ice hockey World Cup. However, the United States and Canada hybrid team under the promise of players 23 Noto is worth a look.
Connor McDavid forward team North America Edmonton Oilers will attend the media availability for the hockey World Cup in Toronto on September 15, 2016.
In all of the games at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Monday and before that Russia will face Sweden on Wednesday, young open play Sunday against Finland.
North America, breaking the European 4-0 and 7-4, losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic, went to 2-1-0 in the exhibition hall.
In recent years because many of the people of the squad that played against each other in a variety of international level, already on the ice, was impressed by the pace.
"I think their speed is noticeable. They are confident," Canada captain Sidney Crosby, spoke at Thursday's media day. "I am a maximum of 2 they are probably to you to realize I think those of. and it is their age, in order that they do have a success, you are a no confidence and obviously skill does not have it. they are good it combination it has. and, because I have them, but not much to respect your opponent, you do not think I must be prepared for them. "