Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Team Canada eliminates U.S. in World Cup of Hockey
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."
If it was, it was a lost opportunity.
Meanwhile, there is no doubt that Canada addresses: For the semifinals. a record of 2-0 is maintained in Group A, while the US He fell to 0-2 and will play a meaningless game against the Czech Republic on Thursday night before going home. Thanks to the victory of Canada, Team Europe - with extreme hawks Marian Hossa - also advanced to the semifinals which begin Saturday night.
Matt Duchene scored twice and Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron each added a goal to provide the offense for Team Canada goalie Carey Price. The US, which actually took an early lead with a goal by Ryan McDonagh, could not get much going from there to T. J. Oshie scored in the final moments.
It was another failure by the US internationally, who fought for the silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games 2010 in Vancouver before finishing fourth at the '14 Games in Sochi, Russia. In these two tournaments, Canada took home gold.
"(In) 2010 were close and (that) we felt increasing," Patrick Kane Jersey said. "In 2014, we had a great round of all against all, great game quarter-final and then lose by one goal (to Canada in the semifinals). You play the next day on a back of back-to-and end up giving with 5 -0 loss (Finland). it's definitely frustrating American being and have these opportunities and have nothing to show for it. "
In the aftermath, much was made about the composition of the American list, including the choice of Tortorella as coach. But Kane defended both, particularly Tortorella.
"Tortorella is just one of the most exciting guys I've seen about hockey," Kane said. "I will never say anything bad about him. He's just a great coach. We did not presented to him. I feel bad in that sense, of course."
The favorite to win the tournament on home soil, Canada has not deterred in their march to the final. Is there a possible showdown with Team Sweden Hockey Jersey looms. The Swedes continued their strong play with a 2-0 win over Finland team earlier today. He moved to Sweden 2-0 in Group B and Finland fell to 0-2.
The goalie Henrik Lundqvist, the first game of the tournament was lost Sweden with a disease, he returned and made 36 saves to earn the shutout.
"We knew the importance of this game and we played very smart, played hard," Lundqvist said. "We knew that the Finns would come out and be very desperate. I felt like we played with good structure and it really helped me get comfortable out there."