NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 20, 2016

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NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 20, 2016

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

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps
Team Europe 3, TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC 2 (OT)
Team Russia 4, TEAM NORTH AMERICA 3

TEAM RUSSIA SURVIVES FURIOUS RALLY BY TEAM NORTH AMERICA

Team Russia scored four consecutive goals in the second period and held off a furious rally by Team North America – highlighted by 43 saves from Sergei Bobrovsky – to pick up its first victory of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and narrow the gap in a crowded Group B.

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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 19: Connor McDavid #97 of Team North America tries to get the puck past Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of Team Russia during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre on September 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

* Bobrovsky, who is making his sixth international appearance, has won four medals in his five prior such outings with Team Russia: gold at the 2014 World Championship, silver at the 2015 World Championship, and bronze at both the 2008 World Juniors and 2016 World Championship.

* Bobrovsky also was named the best goaltender at the 2014 World Championship after leading the tournament with a 1.13 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and two shutouts en route to capturing the gold medal (8 GP).

* Team Russia scored all four of its goals in a 6:14 span of the second period, capped by Vladimir Tarasenko’s spinning shot that stood as the winner. Tarasenko ranked fourth in the NHL with 40 goals in 2015-16.

* Click here for a complete recap of the thrilling back-and-forth game between Team Russia and Team North America.

DRAISAITL LIFTS TEAM EUROPE INTO FIRST PLACE IN GROUP A

Team Czech Republic tied the game midway through the third period, but Leon Draisaitl scored at 2:06 of overtime to lift Team Europe to a 2-0-0 record and first place in Group A.

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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 19: Leon Draisaitl #29 of Team Europe scores the overtime winning goal against Petr Mrazek #34 of Team Czech Republic during the World Cup of Hockey game at Air Canada Centre on September 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

* Draisaitl scored for the third consecutive game dating to pre-tournament play. He powered Team Europe to its first win with a hat trick in the club’s exhibition finale against Team Sweden. Draisaitl then added an insurance goal for Team Europe in its tournament-opening victory against Team USA.

* Mats Zuccarello registered 1-1—2, including the primary assist on Draisaitl’s overtime winner. He shares the tournament lead with 1-2—3 thus far during the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

* “I think it’s quite an historic three days for this group,” said Team Europe head coach Ralph Krueger. “I’m just so proud of the way the players have come together in this short period of time, how they’re representing their countries on their arms and as a group how we’ve come together . . . I’ve never experienced anything quite like this as a coach in 25 years of head-coaching.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Team Czech Republic goaltender Petr Mrazek (38 SV) stopped Team Europe captain Anze Kopitar on the third penalty shot taken in World Cup of Hockey history.

The others:

* Robert Reichel (CZE) scored vs. Kari Takko (FIN), Aug. 27, 1996, at Helsinki, Finland. 12:23 of 2nd period. Finland 7, Czech Republic 3.

* Jason Blake (USA) unsuccessful vs. Ilya Bryzgalov (RUS), Sept. 7, 2004, at St. Paul, Minn. 8:08 of 2nd period. USA 5, Russia 3.

REMINDER: TIEBREAKERS FOR WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016

The top two finishers in Group A and Group B – following the conclusion of round-robin play – will advance to a single-game semifinal, where the first-place team from each group will face an elimination game against the second-place team from the other group.

Winners of the semifinal games then will advance to a best-of-three final series.

The following tiebreakers will determine group rankings at the conclusion of the round robin:

Two-Way Tie
Any tie between two teams will be decided by the result of their head-to-head game.

Three/Four-Way Tie
Steps 1-4 will be calculated based upon ALL games played:
* Step 1: ROW (total regulation/OT wins, not including shootout wins)
* Step 2: Regulation Wins (total regulation wins only)
* Step 3: Goal Differential (total goals for minus total goals against)
* Step 4: Total Goals Scored (total goals for)
Steps 5-6 will be calculated based upon games played between tied teams only:
* Step 5: Goal Differential (total goals for minus total goals against)
* Step 6: Total Goals Scored (total goals for)

^ Note: As soon as any three-way ties are broken down to a two-way tie, the tie will automatically be broken by the head-to-head matchup between the two tied teams (see two-way tie criteria outlined above), and not by continuing on with any additional steps.

Standings through three days of the World Cup of Hockey 2016:

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SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Team Finland @ Team Sweden, 3 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVAS
Team Canada @ Team USA, 8 p.m., ESPN, SN, TVAS

TUESDAY’S CLINCHING SCENARIOS

* Team Canada will clinch a spot in the semifinals if it defeats Team USA in any fashion.
* Team USA will be eliminated from semifinal contention if it loses to Team Canada in any fashion.
* Team Europe (idle) will clinch a spot in the semifinals if Team USA fails to defeat Team Canada in regulation.
* Team Czech Republic (idle) will be eliminated from semifinal contention if Team USA fails to defeat Team Canada in regulation.
* No team from Group B can clinch a spot in the semifinals regardless of the outcome of the Team Finland-Team Sweden game.

RIVALRIES HEADLINE DAY 4 OF WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016

Team USA and Team Finland look to pick up their first wins of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 when they face rivals Team Canada and Team Sweden, respectively. A loss of any kind would knock Team USA out of contention for the semifinals. Team Finland, meanwhile, would stay mathematically alive but require help from its opponents in Group B.

CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS FAN VILLAGE SCHEDULE

The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village is open Tuesday from 2 – 11 p.m.

Among Tuesday’s highlights:

* World Cup of Hockey 2016 Legacy Project and Canadian citizenship ceremony – including Team Sweden senior advisor Daniel Alfredsson – with presiding official Cassie Campbell-Pascall (also open to the public)

* Special appearances by Team North America assistant coach Gerard Gallant as well as NHL alumni Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker and Scott Walker

* Actor Eddie Cahill, who played Team USA goaltender Jim Craig in Miracle

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Visit WCH2016.com/fanvillage for complete details.

LENNY KRAVITZ JOINS CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS EVENT

The NHL and NHLPA announced that rock legend Lenny Kravitz now will headline Friday’s World Cup of Hockey Celebration of Champions at the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village.
Fans who originally purchased tickets to the event featuring Green Day have the option of a full refund or can use their paid tickets to attend Kravitz’s performance.

Click here for more information.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

PLAYER BLOGS: Team Finland forward Aleksander Barkov, Team Sweden forward Gabriel Landeskog and Team USA forward Blake Wheeler . . . MIC’D UP: Team North America forward Jack Eichel, Team Czech Republic defenseman Michal Jordan, Team Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson, and referees Chris Lee and Dan O’Rourke . . . Click here for a recap of Monday’s ‘Hockey Sense’ summit about diversity, inclusion and environmental sustainability at the Hockey Hall of Fame . . . The NHL and Los Angeles Kings unveiled the logo for the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 27-29 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

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