After exhibition games against Canada, US has work to do

Czech Republic's Jakuk Voracek and Russia's Dmitry Orlov get scrappy during a World Cup tuneup in St. Petersburg

Czech Republic's Jakuk Voracek and Russia's Dmitry Orlov get scrappy during a World Cup tuneup in St. Petersburg

Now, it will be interesting to see how much influence this result has on John Tortorella's goaltending decision for the tournament.

Smith then called for Tortorella to be removed from his duties as coach, a move USA Hockey is clearly not going to make. "Now we've got our first live video of our team to work with".

These rosters are comprised mainly of National Hockey League players suiting up for their home countries. Also represented are Switzerland (4), Denmark (3) and one player each from Austria, France, Norway and Slovenia.

"We're all a little surprised at how good everyone is", he said. We know he's a really good player, great kid.

Playing for a hockey-crazed country, Team Canada has one mission in the forthcoming World Cup. Chara, Marian Gaborik and Marian Hossa competed for Slovakia that year while Christian Ehrhoff and Dennis Seidenberg skated for Germany.

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But for others, while the joy of getting back on the ice was still evident, there were other things they were looking to accomplish before the games actually count. "So it's been a really easy transition". You can't, you've got to get guys into situations where you think they're going to produce for you.

The contract stalemate between Rasmus Ristolainen and the Buffalo Sabres continues as the defenseman began play in the tournament Thursday. But the United States ran away with a 4-2 win.

"Once I chipped that puck (outside the Canadian blueline), I knew where he was", Seguin said.

Ristolainen is insured against any short- or long-term injury suffered during the World Cup. There are two groups, A and B, each containing four teams. And Jake Voracek and Michal Neuvirth are on Team Czech Republic. In a short tournament, there is no time to put the pieces in place and let the team grow together, which is why some success against the US was paramount. Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere will suit up for Team North America.

Tavares was asked if he might glance over at his usual leader during play. And in goal they have three goaltenders that can win games on their own, regardless of the defense in front of them.

Canada has a very, very good team. From the fourth minute, Nathan MacKinnon grabbed a rebound Aaron Ekblad who had ricocheted off the strip behind Jaroslav Halak net to open the scoring, to the delight of the fans at Videotron Centre who clearly a penchant for young North American team. The only first-rounder in that stretch not on the club is Russian winger Nail Yakupov, taken by Edmonton in 2012. "All the top players, you look at even Canada's team, your minutes are going to be down".

Drew Doughty blasted a shot past Ben Bishop, who replaced Quick after the second intermission, to start the third.

Team Canada's Jay Bouwmeester, middle, pushes Team United States' Justin Abdelkader as Canada goaltender Braden Holtby watches from the net during the first period of an exhibition World Cup of Hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. After Sunday's game, it heads to Washington to play Sweden on Wednesday. They were easily the more physical of the two teams, but crossed the line on multiple occasions with questionable hits by T.J. Oshie, Ryan Kesler and Pavelski. The ESPN family of networks will show the entire tournament. The two winners advance to the best-of-three final.

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