Team Canada tops Europe 3-1 in Game 1 of World Cup final

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TORONTO -- Earlier in the World Cup of Hockey, Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews wanted to assure everyone that Team Canada was not going through the motions in its domination of opponents.

"Everyone wants to talk as if we're just cakewalking through every game," Toews said. "I wouldn't say that's necessarily the case."

Team Canada looked like ...Read more

World Cup should not replace Olympics for the NHL

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Team Canada coach Mike Babcock likely made people around the NHL wince on Tuesday when he said what many are thinking.

"The World Cup is great but it's not the Olympics," Babcock said. "Let's not get that confused."

Hopefully the NHL was listening to him.

The NHL resurrected the World Cup of Hockey for the first time since 2004 while -- what ...Read more

Not being with Penguins 'different,' but Crosby focused on task in Toronto

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TORONTO -- The Penguins play their first exhibition game Tuesday night in Detroit, but Sidney Crosby won't be there.

Won't be listening to it on the radio, either.

He has a pretty good excuse, though: While the Penguins are facing the Red Wings, Crosby will be leading Canada into Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey championship series against ...Read more

Europe loses Gaborik ahead of final

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TORONTO -- The hopes of two hockey teams took serious hits Monday with the news that Los Angeles Kings and Team Europe right wing Marian Gaborik suffered an injury to his right foot and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.

The immediate impact is that the Slovak forward will be out for the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey final, which ...Read more

Team Europe, featuring Marian Hossa, a true underdog story in World Cup

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TORONTO -- Coming into the World Cup of Hockey, two teams seemed out of place in an international tournament: Team North America and Team Europe.

North America, with its roster of 23-and-younger players from the U.S. and Canada, quickly garnered admiration of its fast-paced, flashy play that knocked off Finland and Sweden.

Nobody knew what to ...Read more

Marcus Kruger on rehabilitated wrist: 'Nothing is going to hold me back'

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TORONTO -- Marcus Kruger said his left wrist, the one he dislocated in December, is not exactly 100 percent now that it is September.

But Kruger didn't say the wrist is still hurt. Instead, he said his wrist just feels different than before he suffered the injury. That's understandable given that Kruger had surgery followed by a lengthy ...Read more

Marian Hossa, Team Europe pull off upset over Sweden at World Cup

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TORONTO -- Team Europe was the team nobody expected to be in the finals of the World Cup of Hockey. Not hockey analysts and not Las Vegas, which gave it 33-1 odds of winning the tournament.

Europe wasn't even the trendy pick to crash the party. That title belonged to Team North America, the young guns who were all 23 or younger.

But Europe ...Read more

Penguins goaltender Matt Murray to miss 3-6 weeks

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PITTSBURGH -- The Penguins no longer will employ a two-goalie system.

For at least three weeks, anyway.

The announcement Saturday that goaltender Matt Murray will miss three to six weeks with a broken hand suffered while playing for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey on Sept. 19 means a couple things.

First and foremost, until ...Read more

Penguins' Kessel clarifies tweet that criticized USA Hockey

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Phil Kessel offered a clarification Friday on his World Cup of Hockey tweet seen by nearly everyone in the hockey world.

It did not, however, appear to be an apology, at least one geared toward the USA Hockey management group that inexplicably left him off this roster.

It was simply an acknowledgement that Kessel played with, and likes, much ...Read more

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane off in different directions at World Cup

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TORONTO -- Patrick Kane is headed home. Jonathan Toews is at the World Cup of Hockey for the long haul.

The Blackhawks teammates, seemingly attached at the hip since entering the NHL together in 2007, had vastly different experiences in the World Cup. Toews is flying high along with his Team Canada teammates after three consecutive victories in...Read more

Jaromir Jagr, Roberto Luongo ready for another year with the Panthers

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Jaromir Jagr and Roberto Luongo didn't have their typical summer of work.

While Jagr probably didn't do as much as he has been accustomed to off the ice, Luongo did more than ever as he worked his way back from hip surgery.

Both veteran players reported to Florida Panthers training camp on Thursday morning and will officially begin their new ...Read more

Tweets by peers add to Team USA's World Cup of Hockey agony

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As if being manhandled right out of the World Cup of Hockey by Team Canada wasn't bad enough, Team USA players then had to deal with some of their peers chiming in on social media.

Following the Americans' 4-2 loss to Canada on Tuesday night that eliminated them from the World Cup after just two games, two NHL players left off the USA roster ...Read more

Panthers GM says Aaron Ekblad is OK after concussion

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Aaron Ekblad was going to miss the start of Florida Panthers training camp. Everyone already knew that.

The Panthers just hope their rising star just doesn't miss too much more than that.

Ekblad, the 20-year-old defenseman who signed the richest deal in franchise history this summer, suffered a concussion while playing for Team North America ...Read more

Penguins' Kessel: 'I'll be ready to start' the regular season after hand surgery

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Phil Kessel wasn't playing golf Tuesday. He does, however, expect to play hockey by Thursday, Oct. 13, the night of the Penguins' home opener.

Offseason hand surgery won't end the right wing's 528-game iron man streak.

"I'll be ready to start the first game of the year," Kessel said prior to the team's annual Summer Sticks event at Allegheny ...Read more

Marian Hossa, Team Europe still going strong in World Cup of Hockey

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TORONTO -- Blackhawks training camp begins Friday, but it might be some time before Marian Hossa arrives in Chicago.

The veteran winger helped Team Europe move a step closer to the medal round of the World Cup of Hockey with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Czech Republic on Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

The surprising Europeans -- a ragtag ...Read more

Team USA must defeat Canada or go home from World Cup of Hockey

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TORONTO -- They scratched and clawed and pushed and shoved their way through two World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament games that meant absolutely nothing.

When the United States and Canada meet Tuesday night in preliminary-round play, the stakes will be as high as they get for the Americans, who face elimination from the tournament.

"Tuesday is ...Read more

Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: 'Don't know if I'll ever be pain-free'

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The road to recovery has disappointed more than it has encouraged.

Niklas Kronwall milled about in the Detroit Red Wings' locker room Monday, unable to partake in an informal skate because of lingering pain in his left knee that has become a part of his daily life.

"I don't know if I'll ever be pain-free, but hopefully, I'll be able to be out ...Read more

Penguins veteran Kunitz still 'having fun,' isn't worried about long-term future

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Next week, Chris Kunitz will celebrate his 37th birthday.

At that age, most hockey players have already started thinking about how much longer they can keep playing what is becoming an increasingly young man's game. Kunitz, though, only has to look across the Penguins' locker room at 39-year-old Matt Cullen for a reminder that he may still have...Read more

Provorov excited for Flyers' camp, says he's a 'better player' than last year

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There will be 21 players at the Flyers' rookie camp, and defenseman Ivan Provorov and right winger Travis Konecny are the two that appear to have the best chance of making the big-league team.

Konecny is considered a long shot, but Provorov seems on the verge of landing a spot. Both players will have to return to their junior teams if they don'...Read more

Penguins' Sestito sticks up for first responders, 'took offense' to Kaepernick protest

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Tom Sestito's dad was a firefighter. His stepdad was a police officer. His grandparents and great grandparents were in the military.

Suffice to say, Sestito, the Penguins enforcer, isn't thrilled with what 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others have been doing -- sitting or kneeling for the national anthem out of protest.

"All those ...Read more