September 19 2016 06:36PM
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Hockey fans at the Air Canada Centre got a bit of a taste of both their future and that of the National Hockey League, as Canadian franchise centrepieces Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, and Mark Scheifele combined for a jaw-dropping first period tally in Team North America's game against Russia.
September 19 2016 03:13PM
Watching Roman Polak live is so fun. I think I've said this in a mailbag before; I don't think that he's an overly effective player, but he's so fearless and willing to do anything for his team that it always looks like a perfect disaster. While answering these questions, I watched him block a shot, look definitely injured, shake it off, and crosscheck a Team Europe player. Bless that man.
September 19 2016 12:07PM
In a short tournament like the World Cup of Hockey, stamina is a major X-factor. Your legs need to be moving during the game, and from game to game, and any hesitance will burn you. For team North America and Team Russia, they'll have their gas tanks put to the test tonight, as they each play their second game in as many days in hopes of grabbing some much-needed points in their group. Here's what's going down:
September 18 2016 05:12PM
Many of the Leafs' rookies got their last chance to impress against their own age and skill level today, in the third and final exhibition matchup for the blue and white in their annual London, Ontario mini-tournament. Standing in the way of their potential perfect record were the Pittsburgh Penguins, who certainly made the process difficult, but the youngsters persevered and got the result they wanted in sudden death.
September 17 2016 10:03PM
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It's opening day at the World Cup of Hockey, and all the gloom, doom, debates, and debacles have been thrown out the window. Whether this oddball event makes any sense is irrelevant; all that matters is that the puck is on the ice, and so are the world's best.
"World's best" is a key phrase there. As always, the pressure is higher for Canada to succeed than anybody else. They're the perennial Olympic powerhouse, and while the average degree of difficulty has tilted up, a team with a tradition of dominance should be able to shake such a roadblock off.
If today's game was any indication, they're going to have no trouble doing just that, as they cruised to an easy 6-0 win against the Czech Republic.