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Champs of the Hockey World Once Again

Photo By Bruce Bennett/Reuters

By Jacob Hagias - SonsofHockey.com Staff Writer

Toronto - With the World Cup in the building, Team Canada is playing with extra motivation tonight. On the other side, Team Europe will be playing with desperation in their game trying to make sure Canada does not win tonight. Europe will look to play like they did in the first game where they found most success, pressuring Canada constantly and getting the puck deep in their zone. If Team Europe can do that, this will end up being a very close game.

Team Europe comes out fast in the first period not allowing Canada to get anything set up in the offensive zone. Europe’s Frans Nielsen brings the puck into Canada’s zone and passes it off to Andrej Sekera. Sekera passes the puck off to a wide open Zdeno Chara who snaps it past a screened Carey Price. Chara’s goal puts Team Europe in the lead early on in the first period. Team Europe’s Pierre-Édouard Bellemare is called for a hooking penalty sending Canada to the powerplay and giving them the chance to even up the score. Marian Hossa intercepts a pass and goes down the ice on a breakaway. Hossa goes in alone but Brent Burns gets his stick caught in Hossa’s hands and gets called for a hooking penalty. Alex Pietrangelo, makes a quick move around Mats Zuccarello and cuts towards the net. Pietrangelo makes a tight pass towards Sidney Crosby but after a strong stick check by Dennis Seidenberg, the puck goes right past Crosby, ending Canada’s Chance. The first period comes to an end and for the first time this tournament, Team Canada finds themselves down 1-0 to Team Europe. A surprising end to the first period. If Europe maintains this solid defensive play for the next two periods the may be able to steal the win.

The second period begins and just 32 seconds in Canada goes to the powerplay thanks to a hooking penalty on Marian Hossa. Sidney Crosby gets a wide open shot on Jaroslav Halak but rifles the puck off Halak’s helmet sending it out of play. Canada’s John Tavares gets a pass from Corey Perry and with the net wide open, shoots the puck off the post. Marc-Édouard Vlasic tries to pass the puck to Weber but he failed to receive the pass. Europe picks up the loose puck and goes down in a two on one but Fortunately for Canada, Jannik Hansen was not able to handle a bouncing pass and could not get a shot off on Price. In the final minute of the second period, Canada turned up the physicality trying to get the offense going but it was too little too late. The second period ends the same as the first ended with Team Europe leading 1-0. Team Canada did have moments where it looked like they might take back control of the game but Europe’s constant pressure made it difficult. Team Europe maintained constant pressure on Canada’s forwards which kept their offensive opportunities to a minimum. Canada had many turnovers throughout the second period which led to multiple odd man rushes for Europe and they could be up by two or three goals by now but Carey Price has been able to keep Canada within striking distance.

Canada starts off the final period fast paced. Europe’s defense is playing close on the Canadian attackers, not giving them any room to work with the puck. Christian Ehrhoff gets a delay of game penalty for shooting puck out of play early into the third. Europe’s stingy penalty kill and poor passing by Canada kept them scoreless on their powerplay once again. Both teams traded chances but Europe still dominated early on in the third with both goalies being put to the test. Team Canada started to gain momentum with a huge shift in Europe’s zone generating multiple scoring chances and gaining more confidence each shift. Brad Marchand gets the puck off from Doughty and feeds the puck to Crosby down in front of the net. Crosby tries to backhand the puck into the net but Halak makes a great sprawling save. Anze Kopitar gets called for holding with 3:35 left in the third. Huge moment in the game with time winding down and Canada has the golden chance to tie the game. Burns with the shot from the point and a great screen by Joe Thornton in front of the net, Patrice Bergeron was able to deflect the puck off his stick and passed Halak to tie the game. Shortly after the game tying goal, Drew Doughty gets called for high sticking with 1:50 left in the third. Jonathan Toews does a drop pass to Brad Marchand and he rifled the puck top corner to put Canada up 2-1 with under a minute left. The buzzer sounds and Team Canada has won the World Cup of Hockey.

After dominating for most of the game by outshooting and outplaying Canada as well as leading for most of the game. Team Europe lost in heartbreaking fashion. However, Team Canada has certainly answered the question of who own the game of hockey? It is quite clear that after a dominant tournament and an impressive victory that won them the championship, Canada is the best in the world when it comes to the game of hockey. With a victory tonight, Team Canada wins their 16th consecutive best on best game dating back to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. It has truly been a dominant run by Team Canada’s over the past six years.

The World Cup of Hockey is all over now and fans and players can say that it was a huge success. With the incorporation of two new teams to make the tournament more competitive, it is easy to say that this tournament has been one of the most competitive best on best tournaments in a long time.

 

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Europe vs. Canada: 2016 World Cup of Hockey Finals Game 2 Preview

Europe vs. Canada: World Cup of Hockey Finals 2016 Game 2 Preview

Photo By Dennis Pajot/Getty Images

By Jacob Hagias - SonsofHockey.com Staff Writer

Toronto - One day after winning game one of the World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada finds themselves one win away from winning the tournament. Despite giving Canada their toughest game of the tournament on Tuesday night, Team Europe lost the game 3-1. Both teams played very well in game one but at the same time, each team had moments of weakness. Team Europe and Team Canada have to make adjustments in their game plan if they want to have more success tonight.

            Team Canada did not face too much adversity throughout their first four games of the tournament. Canada was able to dominate during the round robin and semifinal scoring nineteen goals as well as only allowing six goals against. Another big contributing factor to Canada’s success was the excellent play of their defense. The defense was able to keep the puck out of their zone as well as moving the puck up to the offense as quickly possible. Tuesday night was a different story as Team Europe had many moments of dominant play throughout the game but their inconsistency prevented them from overtaking Team Canada. Team Europe’s costly turnovers and poor defensive zone play led to goals for Canada, making it harder for them to comeback. For Europe to be more successful in game two, they have to be more consistent with their play. If Europe limits how many turnovers they have and have constant pressure for three whole periods, they can steal a win and shock Canada.

            During Europe’s moments of good play, Canada really struggled especially in the second period. Canada did not have an answer for Europe’s constant pressure which led to their struggles. The Canadians did not play hard in the first half of the second period and Europe was able to capitalize with a goal.  If Canada wants to win the World Cup of Hockey for the first time since 2004, they have to make sure they do not let up after getting an early lead. If Canada can get to an early lead, they could play a physical, defensive, and shutdown game for the rest of the game and could win the game.

            Game two will feature two teams hungry for victory. One team will be battling for their lives and the other will be battling to stay on top of the world of hockey. Despite not having a long history of competition against each other, both teams are heading into the game with a high level of intensity as if they have been rivals for years. Game two should be just as exciting as game one so make sure to watch the game tonight at 8:00 PM on Rogers Sportsnet 360.

 

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This design is available in a host of colors, such as heather grey, black, white, and navy, with your choice of a tee, hoodie or tank top. All our items are printed on a comfortable, premium cotton material, made here in the good ol' USA. Sizes range from X-Small up to 3X-Large for men and women alike and payments are accepted using all major credit cards (i.e. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) or Paypal for secure checkout.

We are very thankful for our country's independence and look forward to your support for these brave men and women. Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July!

 


Late 3rd Period Rally gives Blackhawks Game 1 win

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 9:07 PM

By Mike Walters - SonsofHockey.com Staff Writer

ANAHEIM - The Tampa Bay Lightning came out flying from the start of the game. They got the early chances and had many shots on net. The Lightning would strike first by a nice redirection by Alex Killhorn. Tampa Bay would then go on a power play a few minutes later, but failed to convert. Chicago didn’t get a shot for nearly seven minutes as Tampa Bay used their speed to establish a good fore check. Chicago did make a push at the end of the period as Tampa Bay couldn’t get a shot on net for several minutes. Chicago got a power play late in the period, but failed to score. Tampa Bay led 1-0 after the first period. Shots were in favor of Tampa Bay 10-7.


The second period was penalty filled. Killorn was called for a high-sticking penalty just 28 seconds into the period. Tampa Bay was able to kill off the penalty, but then went short handed again. Steven Stamkos served a bench minor-too many men on ice penalty. The Lightning were able to again kill the penalty. A few minutes later Kris Versteeg ran into Ben Bishop and was called for goalie interference. The Lightning managed just one shot on net and couldn’t score. The Lightning led 1-0 after two periods. Shots favored Tampa Bay 8-6.


The third period started with both teams skating hard, but no shots early on. The Blackhawks then began to make a push getting the puck deep and established a good fore check. Tampa Bay was protecting the lead and played very defensive for the first half of the period. Ryan Callahan then had a great chance on a breakaway, but Corey Crawford made a great save. The Blackhawks came back with a point shot by Teuvo Teravainen and a screened Bishop couldn’t locate the puck and the game was tied. Teravainen then created a turnover and Antoine Vermette got the lose puck scoring to give the Blackhawks the lead. In the final minutes Tampa Bay pulled Bishop and made a push, but could not tie the game.


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