NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 11, 2016

NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 11, 2016

Welcome to the “NHL Brief: World Cup of Hockey Edition,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from the tournament.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC 2, Team Russia 1 (SO)
TEAM SWEDEN 6, Team Finland 3
TEAM CANADA 5, Team USA 2

TEAM CANADA REBOUNDS WITH WIN AGAINST TEAM USA

Team Canada raced out to a 3-0 lead by 15:38 of the first period and never relinquished the advantage on their way to a 5-2 win over Team USA at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The win earned Team Canada a split in back-to-back games with their rival, after Team USA’s 4-2 victory on Friday.

USA v Canada - The World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament
OTTAWA, ON – SEPT 10: John Tavares #20 of Team Canada celebrates a third period goal against Team USA with Steven Stamkos #91 during a World Cup of Hockey 2016 Pre-Tournament game at Canadian Tire Centre on September 10, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

* John Tavares (2-0—2) led the offense with two power-play goals while Drew Doughty (0-2—2), Steven Stamkos (0-2—2) and Corey Perry (0-2—2) added multi-point efforts.
* ICYMI: Corey Crawford (10 SV) – who played the second half of Saturday’s game while splitting time in goal with Braden Holtby (11 SV) – made a pair of highlight reel stops including a glove save on James van Riemsdyk and a desperation stop on Ryan McDonagh.

“We knew it would be a high-paced game; that’s just like a playoff game out there. It’s very intense, good battles. It’s lots of fun.” — Team Canada forward Brad Marchand

SWEDEN, CZECH REPUBLIC WIN FINAL PRE-TOURNAMENT GAMES IN EUROPE

Team Sweden and Team Czech Republic avenged losses by securing wins on home soil in the final pre-tournament games to be played in Europe.

* Team Sweden jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period sparked by a pair of goals by Loui Eriksson – who also scored in Sweden’s pre-tournament opener – skating on a dangerous line with Canucks teammates Henrik Sedin (0-2—2) and Daniel Sedin (0-1—1). In total, Sweden’s offense tallied six goals with Patric Hornqvist (2-2—4) and Filip Forsberg (1-2—3) leading the charge. Henrik Lundqvist made 11 saves to pick up the victory at Scandinavium in Gothenburg, the arena he called home for five seasons while playing in the Swedish Hockey League and where he witnessed his first live professional hockey game at age five.
* Captain Tomas Plekanec scored the tying goal with 1:11 remaining in regulation and Jakub Voracek and Ales Hemsky made good on shootout attempts to propel Team Czech Republic to a win over Team Russia at O2 Arena in Prague. Michal Neuvirth made 20 saves through regulation and overtime and turned aside two of three Team Russia shootout attempts to secure the victory.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Team Europe @ Team North America, 6 p.m., ESPN3, SN, TVAS

TEAM EUROPE AND TEAM NORTH AMERICA TO MEET AGAIN IN MONTREAL

Team Europe will face Team North America again on Sunday night at Bell Centre in Montreal after Team North America earned a 4-0 win in their first pre-tournament meeting on Thursday backed by a 23 save shutout from Matt Murray and a pair of goals by Nathan MacKinnon.

* Team North America could debut a much-anticipated line featuring Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel (selected with the No. 1 and No. 2 picks of the 2015 NHL Draft) joined by Johnny Gaudreau, who finished tied for sixth in the NHL with 78 points (30-48—78) in 2015-16.
* Team Europe forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare spoke to WCH2016.com about the pride he feels representing France and the growth of their international program at World Cup of Hockey 2016.

LOOKING AHEAD…

The remainder of the pre-tournament schedule will resume with a pair of contests at Verizon Center in Washington and CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The World Cup of Hockey 2016 begins Saturday, Sept. 17, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Team Finland @ Team USA, 7 p.m., ESPN, SN1, TVAS (Washington)

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Team Czech Republic @ Team North America, 3:30 p.m., ESPN3, SN, SN1, TVAS (Pittsburgh)
Team Sweden @ Team Europe, 7 p.m., ESPN3, SN360, TVAS2 (Washington)
Team Russia @ Team Canada, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2, SN, TVAS (Pittsburgh)

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