US beats Canada 4-2 in World Cup hockey exhibition

"I don't think it's any different just because were not from one nation", Krueger said.

"Our goal is simple and that's to win the World Cup". There are two groups, A and B, each containing four teams. Brandon Dubinsky said the electricity in the arena helped set the stage for some of the fireworks, and it rose up a notch when Team USA started to find the back of the net.

Sure, the result will be meaningless when Canada and the Americans face off on September 20 in Toronto, but messages have been sent both ways now. That's never been a secret.

Pacioretty might be one of the best players on the Habs, but that isn't going to get him a free pass from American coach John Tortorella, who sent a message to the winger by dropping him to the fourth line in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Team Canada Saturday night in Ottawa. "But we have to eventually make a decision who's going to start". I was little bit out of gas there so I didn't do too much. "His skating and puckhandling are unbelievable, some of the best I've ever seen".

"We were making plays, we were fast", coach Todd McLellan said.

The clock is ticking on Team Canada before this all gets real. A roster that deep and talented should be expected to win it all, and Canada is the favorites in this tournament. "I know how he can play and this is what happens in this type of tournament and the team makeup, you're not going to get your 20 minutes if other people are going they tend to take some ice time".

"I've noticed we have the right kind of language in the dressing room and based on the character we have on this team the players have responded to the spirit of this team". They've got the pure skill from Kane, Parise and Oshie, and they've got the big-bodied power forwards like Dubinsky, Wheeler and Abdelkader. Someone needs to put these guys in check before they hurt star players (notice I don't say "fellow star players").

In other words, nothing less than a gold medal is acceptable to the players and their fans.

When the skaters can't keep up with the other teams, you need goalies that stand on their heads every night. So far, however, everything is good on those fronts.

In the opening chippy exhibition, American forward Ryan Kesler earned a boarding major and a game misconduct for a nasty hit on Canadian defenceman Shea Weber during the second period. It'll be a close fought game, but I think the youth and speed will prevail. There is no doubt Team Canada has a almost unstoppable force behind hockey legends such as Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty.

Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks will captain the American team at the National Hockey League (NHL) World Cup of Hockey, USA Hockey has announced. 2016 would have been good to him.

The World Cup of Hockey is just a moneymaker for Mr. Gary Bettman. For the second consecutive game, Team North America came out flying and regressed as the game went on, with their inexperience showing at times while protecting a lead. Nick Lidstrom leaves and you think who's going to be the next one.

New York Islanders star John Tavares scored twice to lead Canada to a 5-2 victory over the United States on Saturday night in a World Cup of Hockey exhibition game. In a unusual attempt to create a best-on-best tournament and steer the NHL away from Olympic hockey involvement, a World Cup has been staged for the first time since 2004. The Canadian power play, while hardly a thing of beauty, connected toward the end of the second opportunity when Couture, despite being down on his knees, scored on USA goaltender Cory Schneider with a backhand pitch.

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