How did Leafs prospects fare during Day 1 of the WJC?

Jess Pincente
December 26 2016 10:00PM

After an exciting opening day of the 2017 WJHC, teams have already begun to differentiate themselves as dominant.  Both USA and Sweden won by a score of 6-1 in their respective games, and Canada looked solid against Russia in their 5-3 victory.  

Today was a pretty good day for Leafs prospects at the WJC.  Carl Grundstrom had an exceptional game for Sweden, and Jeremy Bracco netted a single power play goal for the USA. Joseph Woll did not see a start today for the USA, and Martin Dzierkals and the Latvians struggled to defend against the Americans.  

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WJC Canada Postgame: Barzal Shines in Canada's Opener

Jess Pincente
December 26 2016 08:56PM

In their first game of the tournament, Canada took on Russia in an energetic and high scoring round-robin rematch of the 2015 gold medal game.  

Canada played a solid game, as Tyson Jost, Matt Barzal and Dylan Strome put on a show through 3 periods.  The team seemed to be working well together, and their play saw a noticeable improvement as the game progressed.  

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Marlies fall to IceCaps in Boxing Day Classic

Jeff Veillette
December 26 2016 03:54PM

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The World Juniors aren't the only Boxing Day tradition going in hockey these days. For several years now, the Toronto Marlies have hosted an afternoon game against their Habs organizational rivals; in this present year, the St. John's IceCaps. The matchups usually take place at the Air Canada Centre, but since the teenagers are in town this winter, Ricoh Coliseum hosted the festivities.

This year, it felt a lot more like the day that followed Christmas rather than boxing day. In a not-overly-exciting effort, the Marlies fell 2-1 to their opponents in Bleu, Blanc, Et Rouge.

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CGD: A New Hope (Canada vs. Russia)

Jeff Veillette
December 26 2016 01:26PM

It's the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

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TLN Monday Mailbag: December 26th

Jeff Veillette
December 26 2016 08:38AM

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Happy Boxing Day! If you celebrated Christmas yesterday, I hope you had a ton of fun. If you didn't, I still hope you had a ton of fun and got to see your families too. The specifics of how you celebrate your few days of rest, relaxation, and reminiscence shouldn't matter, as long as you've built up some good times and good memories.

Speaking of memories, here's hoping tonight's World Junior game is one to remember. I'd be down for Canada scoring a bazillion goals. While we wait for that, though, let's talk some Leafs.

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