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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Letdown

I'll be honest, I expected Team USA to beat Team Europe. But I at least expected a game with half as much intensity as the pre tournament warm ups. What we got was sixty minutes of bad decisions topped off with unlucky bounces and a hot goaltender. Now Team USA has to beat Canada to advance. Let's see if this roster does what it was built to do.

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Saros Shines, but Preds Fall to Panthers at Rookie Tournament - Nashville Predators
The result was disappointing, but it's more about what they'll learn from it than the score.

Jaroslav Halak stops 35 as Team Europe blanks Team USA -
This isn't much of a moral victory when Tortorella benched one of their best defensemen and Patrick Kane flubbed a play I have nightmares about.

Marchand a surprising fit alongside Crosby on Canada's top line - TSN
I don't see why it's surprising; guys who go to the net and annoy opposing players sound perfect to play on Crosby's wing.

‘Pressure is a privilege’ for Team Canada – ProHockeyTalk
Wayne Gretzky as Rickey Bobby's deadbeat dad is certainly an image.

Stars' Tyler Seguin has hairline fracture in heel | USA Today
That's pretty bad news for the Dallas Stars, although he has a few weeks.

Europe came together at the right time with dominant win over Team USA | ESPN
Can they win it all? Probably not, but getting through to the final isn't out of the question.

Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine renew burgeoning rivalry — with more than a World Cup win on the line | National Post
There is no rivalry. They'll play each other twice a year. This is way more contrived than McDavid vs Eichel.

Defenseman Shea Weber's domain is one of hockey's most notorious circles of pain | ESPN
I will always treasure the memory of Weber sitting Corey Perry down at the blue line.

Marian Hossa laments the decline of Slovakian hockey | Chicago Sun-Times
Marian Hossa runs a charity to give kids in his home country free equipment, but it's difficult to get families to take advantage of it.

'The Hockey Was That Good': An Oral History Of The 1996 World Cup Finale | BlueJackets Xtra
"You know how those Canadians are. They got the flags flying and the faces painted, yelling at us, throwing stuff at us."