MORNING SKATE: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 9, 2016
Welcome to the “Morning Skate: World Cup of Hockey Edition,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from the tournament.
SNEAK PEEK AT FRIDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Team Canada @ Team USA, 7 p.m., ESPNU, SN1, SN360, TVAS
TEAM CANADA, TEAM USA FACE OFF IN PRE-TOURNAMENT OPENER
Team Canada and Team USA meet in the lone pre-tournament game of the day when they face off at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
* Team Canada’s roster features players from 14 NHL clubs, led by four from the San Jose Sharks: Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
* Team USA’s roster includes players from 16 NHL clubs, highlighted by a trio from the Washington Capitals: John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie.
* REMINDER: Game notes for this contest – as well as all games during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 – are available via the NHL’s Media site.
Home Team in Caps
TEAM FINLAND 3, Team Sweden 2 (OT)
TEAM RUSSIA 4, Team Czech Republic 3
Team North America 4, TEAM EUROPE 0
TEAM NORTH AMERICA SHINES IN DEBUT
Matt Murray stopped all 23 shots he faced and Nathan MacKinnon (2-0—2), Johnny Gaudreau (1-1—2) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each scored less than five minutes apart in the second period to lift Team North America to a victory over Team Europe at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
* Murray, who guided the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup with a 15-6 record during the postseason (2.08 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO), recorded the shutout for Team North America – a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2016.
* ICYMI: MacKinnon added his second goal of the game via a penalty shot in the third period.
* REMINDER: These teams will meet again Sunday at Bell Centre in Montreal (6 p.m. ET, ESPN3, SN, TVAS).
TEAM FINLAND, TEAM RUSSIA ALSO PICK UP WINS
Team Finland and Team Russia also posted victories in their first pre-tournament games for the World Cup of Hockey 2016:
* Mikael Granlund knotted the game with 4:59 remaining in regulation and Olli Maatta – who also captured the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in June – scored at 4:17 of overtime to power Team Finland over Team Sweden at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.
* Four players – Evgeny Dadonov (1-1—2), Nikita Kucherov (1-1—2), Artemi Panarin (1-1—2) and Vadim Shipachyov (0-2—2) – registered multiple points to guide Team Russia past Team Czech Republic at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg.
* REMINDER: These teams will face off again Saturday – Team Russia visits Team Czech Republic at O2 Arena in Prague (10:30 a.m. ET, ESPN3, SN360, TVAS), while Team Finland faces Team Sweden at Scandinavium in Gothenburg (12 p.m. ET, ESPN3, SN1, TVAS2).
ICYMI: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016 INFORMATION GUIDE
The World Cup of Hockey 2016 Interactive Information Guide now is available via the NHL’s Media site. The guide, which will be updated throughout the tournament, features PR contacts and media information; daily schedules for all eight participating teams; and tournament FAQs, rules and procedures. It also includes a breakdown of each roster as well as a history of the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup.
PLAYER BLOGS FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016
Players from each of the participating teams in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are writing blogs for WCH2016.com:
Team Canada: Matt Duchene
Team Czech Republic: Jakub Voracek
Team Europe: Leon Draisaitl
Team Finland: Aleksander Barkov
Team North America: Aaron Ekblad
Team Russia: Vladimir Tarasenko
Team Sweden: Gabriel Landeskog
Team USA: Blake Wheeler
REMINDER: 2016 KRAFT HOCKEYVILLE USA DEADLINE
Today is the accreditation deadline for media interested in covering the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville USA game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, Mich.
Click here to apply for credentials.
Team North America named forward Connor McDavid its captain for the tournament, with forward Sean Couturier and defenseman Aaron Ekblad as alternates . . . The Nashville Predators named forward Mike Fisher the seventh captain in franchise history . . . Forward Paul Gaustad announced his retirement from the NHL . . . The Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers announced their rosters for the Tim Hortons Heritage Classic Alumni Game, which will be played Saturday, Oct. 22, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.
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