Tavares scores twice, Canada beats US 5-2 in exhibition

Sep 14, 2016, 00:41
Tavares scores twice, Canada beats US 5-2 in exhibition

Russian Federation is always in the conversation, but in recent tournaments they have all played as individuals rather than as a team, despite boasting enormous talent such as Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin.

"Speed and hockey sense were on display tonight", said Connor McDavid, the 19-year-old Edmonton Oilers phenom who was named North America captain before the game. "I'm not backing off", Tortorella said after the team's on-ice workout Wednesday. We've done some good things.

Playing for your country carries a different set of rules for the captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

The Canada Cup was "retired" in the early 1990s, replaced with the inaugural NHL-organized World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

I don't imagine there is one hockey fan out there that is clamoring for the NHL to get out of the World Cup of Hockey.

Only a handful of non-NHL players have been invited to play in this tournament. Someone needs to put these guys in check before they hurt star players (notice I don't say "fellow star players").

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The effort is only going to have to improve because before the Canadians know it this tournament will be under way and you can be guaranteed even if the exhibition games are intense theyll get even more hard. "That little physicality style that they want to bug you, they want to get all over you and not give you time and space with the puck". From the fourth minute, Nathan MacKinnon grabbed a rebound Aaron Ekblad who had ricocheted off the strip behind Jaroslav Halak net to open the scoring, to the delight of the fans at Videotron Centre who clearly a penchant for young North American team. But Max hasnt. hes got to give me some reason to give him more minutes here. "But we have to eventually make a decision who's going to start". We cleaned up some stuff defensively as well and we all thought it was a pretty good effort.”.

"It's been a few months, obviously, so it's trying to get back into the feel of things".

Tortorella said he cant afford to wait because of the short tourney.

"Quite honestly I felt we played better minutes (Saturday) than we did (Friday)", U.S coach John Tortorella said. We'd heard talk that the rivalry would be evident even in pre-tournament games.

Judging from Sidney Crosby's cross-check to the back of Kyle Palmieri and other antics, there's already plenty of animosity built up between the US and Canada going into the first best-against-best tournament since Sochi.

The Americans lacked offensive-zone time during a 4-2 win Friday in Columbus and a 5-2 loss Saturday in Ottawa. The NHL rules allow for a more physical game. Canada was 3 for 8 with the man advantage, while the U.S was 1 for 5.

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You've got your barbecue fired up, and you've called everyone you know to come over.

Bouwmeester, Corey Perry and Logan Couture were all tacked on to Canada's World Cup roster after the team's initial announcement, but when it comes to representing Canada a late invitation is better than none.

"It's really important (for confidence)", added Babcock. When you don't score, you press.

If Eichel plays to his full potential in this tournament he will not only make a name for himself on the interantional stage, but I think more importantly, he could potentialy come out of the World Cup as being looked at as the best young player in the league.

The Muskoka cottage region in Ontario is flawless for families looking for a few days of fresh air. His ice time was the third most amongst Team NA forwards.

Sure, the result will be meaningless when Canada and the Americans face off on September 20th in Toronto but messages have been sent both ways now. If the USA makes a mistake in its own end, Canada will make it count.

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