WCOH: North America Wins a Thriller, Sweden Clinches with Loss

Megan Kim
September 21 2016 06:23PM

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Exhale, everybody. That was undoubtedly the best game of the tournament so far, and if you were watching, count yourself lucky. It will probably end up being the best game of the tournament, period. With a semifinal berth at stake, Team Sweden and Team North America turned in a high-octane thriller that ended in a fitting fashion: An electrifying 3-on-3 OT with end-to-end rushes, dramatic saves, and a beauty of a game-winning goal. 

If you missed this one, you'll want to go ahead and watch a replay of the entire game, because this matchup was one for the ages. Sure, there's no history or bad blood between Sweden and this North America team, but there was a whole lot of skill and talent on the ice between the two teams, and we sure saw plenty of it.

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WCOH Game 10: Canada vs. Europe

Jonathan Willis
September 21 2016 05:53PM

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Canada and “Europe” are both bound for the playoff round of the World Cup, but that doesn’t make this final game of the preliminary round meaningless. The winner finishes the group segment with a perfect record; the loser draws Sweden in the semifinal. It’s a game worth winning.

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Auston Matthews is out of this world

Jeff Veillette
September 21 2016 01:41PM

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We knew Auston Matthews was good. Maybe great. Maybe super duper great. But we still had a level of expectation that his greatness would develop over time; not begin to take over the hockey world before it started.

Well, we should probably start adding nitrous oxide to our hype train, because today's goal just sent things into overdrive.

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WCOH Game 9: NORTH AMERICA VS SWEDEN

Kent Wilson
September 21 2016 09:52AM

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Team North America lost a heartbreaker to Russia in their previous game, completely outshooting and outchancing Ovechkin and pals in the final frame only to come up one goal short. The upstart young stars team has been full value so far this tournament, providing entertaining, high-octane hockey that puts their opponents on their heels. 

The kids face a stiff test in Team Sweden today, however. The Swede's roster is filled with NHL stars, both of the grizzled vet and young star variety. Sweden's blueline is especially imposing, featuring Erik Karlsson, Hampus Lindholm, Victor Hedman, Oliver Ekman-Larrson and Anton Stralman. 

Team North America started to look like a Cinderella story in the making after an impressive start to the tournament. Can they get past Sweden today or does the fairy tale end?

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The Steve Dangle Podcast - Sep 20, 2016 - McMatthews

Steve Dangle
September 20 2016 11:00PM

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On this episode, the guys talk about the World Cup of Hockey, the McDavid-Matthews connection, and general nonsense.

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