WCOH Postgame: Russia beats North America in thriller

Jeff Veillette
September 19 2016 09:50PM

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We wanted fast paced, high energy hockey, and boy, did we ever get it. This was a game that not only lived up to expectation but pulled up the rest of the games surrounding it to really drive home the World Cup of Hockey's entertainment value, if not its oft-debated "legitimacy". A quick run of goals for the Russians gave the young North Americans the chance to attempt a comeback for the ages, and they almost pulled it off but fell just short in a 4-3 defeat.

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WCOH Game 2: North America vs Russia

Jeff Veillette
September 19 2016 12:07PM

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In a short tournament like the World Cup of Hockey, stamina is a major X-factor. Your legs need to be moving during the game, and from game to game, and any hesitance will burn you. For team North America and Team Russia, they'll have their gas tanks put to the test tonight, as they each play their second game in as many days in hopes of grabbing some much-needed points in their group. Here's what's going down:

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WCOH Postgame: Canada coast to 6-0 victory over Czech Republic

Jeff Veillette
September 17 2016 10:03PM

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It's opening day at the World Cup of Hockey, and all the gloom, doom, debates, and debacles have been thrown out the window. Whether this oddball event makes any sense is irrelevant; all that matters is that the puck is on the ice, and so are the world's best.

"World's best" is a key phrase there. As always, the pressure is higher for Canada to succeed than anybody else. They're the perennial Olympic powerhouse, and while the average degree of difficulty has tilted up, a team with a tradition of dominance should be able to shake such a roadblock off.

If today's game was any indication, they're going to have no trouble doing just that, as they cruised to an easy 6-0 win against the Czech Republic.

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Should the Leafs be running a "Top-9" offence this season?

Jeff Veillette
September 13 2016 10:16AM

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As the season approaches, fans and media have begun to dissect the remains and additions of this year's roster while wondering where everybody should be placed. The most important question to many, of course, is how the top two lines stack up.

But in asking that, it's possible that we're looking into a less-than-optimal situation if we're limiting the Leafs to a top-six, bottom-six team. Perhaps, with the coming injection of youth, the team should be looking towards more of a top-nine, bottom-three layout.

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Leafs struggling with puck possession at World Cup Exhibitions

Jeff Veillette
September 12 2016 08:00AM

The results of a pair of warmup games, for a tournament that usually doesn't exist, in the beginning of September are probably the last things in the world that I'd use to make long-term blanket statements about a player. Certainly, that's not what we're here to do today.

But last night, I was curious as to how the Leafs' representatives at the World Cup of Hockey were doing as far as puck possession. The results? Well, they aren't so hot as of yet.

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