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NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 10, 2016
Welcome to the “NHL Brief: World Cup of Hockey Edition,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from the tournament.
Home Team in Caps
TEAM USA 4, Team Canada 2
TEAM USA WINS THRILLER IN COLUMBUS
Captain Joe Pavelski (1-1—2) scored the eventual game-winning goal at 15:54 of the second period and Jonathan Quick (32 SV) and Ben Bishop (9 SV) combined for 41 saves to lead Team USA past Team Canada at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The clubs will meet again tonight at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa (7 p.m., ESPN3, SN, TVAS).
* “The atmosphere here was awesome. Columbus has been great for us this week. It’s nice to hear the cannon a few times tonight.” – Pavelski
* Forwards Patrick Kane (1-1—2), Derek Stepan (1-1—2) and Zach Parise (1-0—1) also scored for Team USA, who were outshot 28-8 over the final two periods and 43-25 overall.
* ICYMI: Team USA forward Ryan Kesler and defenseman Ryan McDonagh each made desperation saves in front of an empty net.
SNEAK PEEK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Team Russia @ Team Czech Republic, 10:30 a.m., ESPN3, SN360, TVAS
Team Finland @ Team Sweden, 12 p.m., ESPN3, SN1, TVAS2
Team USA @ Team Canada, 7 p.m., ESPN3, SN, TVAS
TEAM SWEDEN, TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC HOST FINAL GAMES IN EUROPE
Team Sweden and Team Czech Republic will host the final pre-tournament games overseas when they face Team Finland and Team Russia, respectively.
* Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start for Team Sweden when the club welcomes Team Finland to Scandinavium in Gothenburg (12 p.m., ESPN3, SN1, TVAS2). Lundqvist, who will make his second start in the building since leaving Sweden to play in the NHL, called the arena home for five seasons while playing in the Swedish Hockey League and also witnessed his first live professional hockey game there at age five.
* In Prague, goaltenders Michal Neuvirth (Team Czech Republic) and Semyon Varlamov (Team Russia) are expected to start in the second half of their pre-tournament doubleheader at O2 Arena (10:30 a.m. ET, ESPN3, SN360, TVAS).
Team Canada goaltender Carey Price (21 SV) made his first appearance since sustaining a season-ending injury on Nov. 25, 2015 with the Montreal Canadiens . . . Brett Hull and Chris Chelios, who both played in the two previous World Cup of Hockey tournaments, joined fellow ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose to share insight into this year’s event . . . The World Cup of Hockey 2016 Interactive Information Guide as well as game notes for all games during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 are available via the NHL’s Media site . . . Stephen Walkom, the NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating, announced promotions and new hires for the 2016-17 season . . . ICYMI: Team Canada goaltender Braden Holtbyupdated the design on his mask with a tribute to iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. Holtby plans to auction the mask after the tournament and donate proceeds to brain cancer research.