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By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 26, 2016

One gimmick unit in the World Cup became the talk of the hockey world but went home before fans were ready to say good-bye. The other just went about its job silently, almost in anonymity, but is still playing. And while Team North America has become a happy footnote to the history of this tournament, Team Europe... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 24, 2016

TORONTO -- An entire month's work, and the hopes of a nation, were at stake in the third period Saturday night. Pressed more than it has been at any point in this World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada made sure to answer the call. With Team Russia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky bent on stealing a win by himself, Canada simply had... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 24, 2016

TORONTO -- The World Cup of Hockey is down to the nitty-gritty, with the semifinals this weekend and the best-of-three final series opening Tuesday night. Those who called it nothing but a cash grab have been proven wrong as the hockey and the storylines have been sensational. Even before the final faces off, there's... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 24, 2016

TORONTO -- You want a Game Seven feeling in September? Tonight at 7 on ESPN2 will the place as Canada and Russia meet in the first semifinal of the World Cup of Hockey. It's winner-take-all, with the survivor advancing to the best-of-three final against Sunday's Sweden-Team Europe winner. "They know what's going on.... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- With little resistance over its first three games, Team Canada is on to the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey. Canada got two goals from Jonathan Toews to wrap up first place in its group Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over Team Europe in Air Canada Centre. The Canadians finished group play 3-0 and... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- There is only one thing to say from this view after having more fun than anyone should have for getting paid to go watch a hockey game. Let's go, Fin-land. Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap. Let's go, Fin-land. Clap-clap-clap-clap-clap. What's that, you say? Journalists aren't supposed to root? You're right. But... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- Team North America tries to stay alive today at 3 against Sweden and will do it without its Stanley Cup-winning goalie. Pittsburgh Penguins spring star Matt Murray, who went from minor-leaguer in April to Cup winner in June, has an injured thumb and will not dress. Anaheim's John Gibson will play and... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- The only team skating today in Air Canada Centre is Team Europe, which plays Canada tonight at 8 to decide the champion of Group A in the World Cup of Hockey.  Team North America is scheduled to speak to the media at 12:30 in advance of the 3 p.m. game against Sweden that will decide its fate. Here's a look... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TORONTO -- Patrick Kane's USA baseball cap was pulled low on his head. His eyes told a sad tale. Last week, two days before the start of the World Cup, the South Buffalo native mused over turning 28 this season and understanding he only has a finite number of chances left on the international stage. That's what had to... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TORONTO -- The theory was that Team USA was built so it would be best prepared to beat Team Canada in the World Cup. Looks like the domos of USA Hockey need to go back and rethink their philosophies. Team USA was a complete bust in its two games, ensuring an early elimination with Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Canada in Air... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TORONTO -- Jack Eichel had his ups and downs during his rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres but there was an 82-game schedule to play out of the valleys and try to climb new peaks. There is no such luxury in the World Cup of Hockey. A sudden struggle means an immediate seat on the bench and Eichel learned that during... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

TORONTO -- Patrick Kane has been a part of the USA-Canada rivalry a long time, from his childhood days in South Buffalo to momentous battles like the 2010 Olympic gold medal game in Vancouver. Another chapter will be added tonight in the World Cup of Hockey, with Team USA needing a victory to keep its hopes of a semifinal... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 19, 2016

TORONTO -- Four goals on four straight shots. And that was just enough for the Team North America hysteria to get cooled Monday night in Air Canada Centre. After doing very little for nearly half the game, Team Russia erupted for a quartet of goals in a span of 6 mninutes, 14 seconds and went on to hold off Team North... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 19, 2016

TORONTO -- This game was circled on the calendar long before the first puck was even dropped for the World Cup of Hockey. It's Team USA vs. Team Canada in a group play showdown Tuesday in Air Canada Centre (8 p.m., ESPN). But instead of perhaps being a preview for a meeting in the best-of-3 final, the game has taken on... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 19, 2016

TORONTO -- The first-night unveiling was a smashing success. But Team North America now has a huge challenge Monday night in Air Canada Centre: Prepare to play the second half of a back-to-back and do it against Team Russia, which will be desperate to keep its hopes alive after losing Sunday to Sweden. Team North... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Monday, September 19, 2016

TORONTO -- For once in our sporting lives, hype proved to be right. On their first night in the tournament, all the curiosity was answered and Team North America quickly became the rage at the World Cup. Team Canada is wondrous to watch and we pretty much knew the Flying Sidney Crosbys would be. The kids, however, have... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, September 18, 2016

TORONTO -- It was the kind of free-wheeling, take-your-breath-away performance the hockey world wondered if Team North America could produce in the World Cup. Ask and you shall receive. The kids are OK. And the hype will only grow now after the under-24 sensations flummoxed Finland, 4-1, in their opening game Sunday... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, September 18, 2016

TORONTO -- Thomas Vanek needs a reboot on his career and hopes a new home will bring that this season. Before heading to his first training camp as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, the longtime former Sabres winger is getting a chance for some early competition as the lone Austrian member of Team Europe. The hybrid... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Sunday, September 18, 2016

TORONTO -- They're the talk of the World Cup before they even play an official game in the tournament. The wait finally ends tonight for Team North America, the eclectic grouping of under-24 Americans and Canadians, as it meets Finland in Air Canada Centre for its group play opener (8 p.m. ESPN 2) Both teams briefly... Read More

By Mike Harrington » Saturday, September 17, 2016

TORONTO -- It was just over three months ago that Sidney Crosby was hoisting the Stanley Cup in San Jose after the Pittsburgh Penguins' Game Six victory over the Sharks. Did a short offseason bother No. 87? Not a bit. Crosby singlehandedly dominated Team Canada's World Cup of Hockey opener Saturday night, collecting a... Read More

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