Shortening the Bench Isn't Necessary for Team North America

Megan Kim
September 21 2016 09:42AM

After a convincing 4-1 win against Finland to open the tournament, our favorite bunch of scrappy kids ran into a 4-3 loss to the Russians on Monday night. It's true that Russia got a few lucky bounces -- namely, the goal that Matt Murray knocked into his own net and the puck that came off the glass and landed right in front of Nikita Kucherov, who wasted no time burying it. However, that's not to take away from anything Russia did last night.

Russia played well. They especially took over the game in that second period where they scored four goals, and that three-goal lead proved to be too much for the young guns to overcome. 

Even if you're pulling hard for North America -- and many of us are, I'm sure -- it wasn't the sort of loss that left a bad taste in your mouth. The game was fast-paced, chock-full of exciting plays on both sides, and had spectators on the edge of their seats all the way to the final whistle. 

Of course, there's always going to be second-guessing in any loss, and in this particular game, questions from fans and media members seemed to be largely centered on Todd McLellan's decision to shorten his bench after going down 4-1 in the second period. 

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World Cup of Hockey Recap: Europeans Slam Door on Americans

Megan Kim
September 17 2016 05:12PM

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The 2016 World Cup of Hockey officially kicked off today with an afternoon game between Team USA and Team Europe. Team Europe, you'll remember, is the hodge podge team with NHL players from 8 different nations competing under one strange logo. Team USA, on the other hand, is made up of players all from America, but somehow they missed the memo that this is a best-on-best tournament, because I don't see Tyler Johnson or Justin Faulk on the roster. They're also playing with the massive handicap of having John Tortorella at the helm. 

If you missed the opening game of this excellent tournament, fear not! We have a handy recap here just for you! 

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Team North America's World Cup Squad Could Use Alex Galchenyuk

Megan Kim
August 02 2016 09:00AM

Most World Cup of Hockey snubs have been discussed and put to rest, as rosters were announced nearly two months ago. After all, at some point it feels like the hockey world is just having the same discussion every few years, with the same names popping up every time international rosters are set.

However, the inclusion of two non-traditional teams – North America and Europe – means there’s a brand new subset of snubs to deal with, and one of the most egregious snubs on the Team North America front has barely been discussed outside of Montreal. 22-year-old Alex Galchenyuk’s omission from the final roster is puzzling even at a cursory glance (only Brandon Saad, among players eligible to play for North America, scored more NHL goals this past season), and a closer look at the current roster seems to support that leaving Galchenyuk off the team is difficult to defend.

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