NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 25, 2016

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NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 25, 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 RESULT

Home Team in Caps
TEAM CANADA 5, Team Russia 3

THIRD-PERIOD OUTBURST LIFTS TEAM CANADA INTO FINAL

Down 2-1, Team Canada scored four consecutive goals – including three in the third period – to defeat Team Russia and advance to the final of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 24: Brad Marchand #63 of Team Canada high fives the bench after scoring a third period goal on Team Russia at the semifinal game during the World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 24, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

* Team Canada improved to 8-3-2 in 13 all-time meetings with Team Russia/USSR in the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup. This marked the first time the countries met in an elimination game in such a tournament since 1987, when the Canadians won Game 3 of the Canada Cup final, 6-5, on a goal by Mario Lemieux with 1:26 remaining in regulation (off a pass from Wayne Gretzky).

* The line of Sidney Crosby (1-2—3), Brad Marchand (2-0—2) and Patrice Bergeron (0-2—2) combined for 3-4—7, including the tying and go-ahead goals by Marchand. Overall, that unit has totaled 8-8—16 in four games this tournament (Crosby: 3-4—7, Marchand: 3-2—5, Bergeron: 2-2—4).

* Crosby registered the opening goal for the third time in the Team Canada’s four games (also vs. CZE and EUR). Teams that score first improved to 11-2 thus far during the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

BACK AGAIN

Team Canada advanced to the final of the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup for the eighth time in as many such tournaments (won in 1976, 1984, 1987, 1991 and 2004).

PLAYING WITH THE LEAD

Team Canada continued its dominance thus far during the World Cup of Hockey 2016, leading for 39:51 and trailing for just 1:12. Overall, Team Canada has led for 83.9% of its total playing time during the tournament:

Leading – 201:19 (83.9%)
Trailing – 2:41 (1.1%)
Tied – 36:00 (15.0%)

PUTTING THE PUCK ON NET
Team Canada outshot Team Russia, 47-34, its third such game outshooting an opponent by 10 or more this tournament (in 4 GP). Overall, Team Canada has outshot opponents 177-117 during the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

SNEAK PEEK AT SUNDAY’S ACTION

All Times Eastern
Team Europe @ Team Sweden, 1 p.m., ESPN, CBC, TVAS

TEAM SWEDEN, TEAM EUROPE BATTLE FOR OTHER SPOT IN FINAL

Team Sweden and Team Europe battle for the other spot in the final of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 when they meet in a matinee Sunday.

Team Sweden is looking to face Team Canada in the final for the second consecutive best-on-best international tournament; in 2014, the Canadians defeated the Swedes, 3-0, in the gold-medal game of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Team Europe – a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden – is trying to punctuate its tournament debut with a trip to the final, which begins Tuesday.

DISTILLERY DISTRICT HOSTS FINAL DAY OF FAN VILLAGE . . .

The Distillery District hosts its final day of the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Among Sunday’s highlights:

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Visit WCH2016.com/fanvillage for complete details.

* REMINDER: The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village shifts to Maple Leaf Square for viewing parties during the best-of-three final (Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1).

. . . GRETZKY CLOSES LAST DAY

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky closes the fan festivities in the Distillery District with a special appearance Sunday on the Pepsi Live Main Stage.

Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson will moderate A Conversation with Wayne Gretzky, beginning at 5 p.m.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

MIC’D UP: Best of Team Canada and Team Russia . . . Team Sweden defenseman Victor Hedman, Team USA forward Patrick Kane and referee Wes McCauley . . . PLAYER BLOGS: Team Canada forward Matt Duchene and Team Sweden forward Gabriel Landeskog . . . Canada Post unveiled the fourth issue in its NHL stamp series, featuring Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman and Sidney Crosby . . . The St. Louis Blues signed forward Alexander Steen to a four-year contract extension.

REMINDER: 2016 NHL PRESEASON BEGINS SUNDAY

The 2016 NHL preseason opens Sunday with a pair of split-squad games between the Columbus Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues.

Among the highlights of the 15-day, 106-game slate are the first NHL contests at state-of-the-art arenas in Edmonton (Rogers Place) and Las Vegas (T-Mobile Arena).

Click here to view the complete 2016 NHL preseason schedule.

www.wch2016.com | #wch2016

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