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SF • Jan. 3 • Canada 1, United States 5

View Poll Results: Who wins?
Canada in regulation 186 53.14%
Canada in OT/SO 40 11.43%
U.S. in regulation 92 26.29%
U.S. in OT/SO 32 9.14%
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01-02-2013, 09:24 PM
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I wonder why Gaudreau and Galchenyuk never play together. They're the two best (only?) pure scorers on the team; both can make plays and score goals. Even if they don't play ES together, I'm surprised that they don't go out on the main powerplay together either. One would think that their two styles would compliment each other nicely.
Gaudreau is average at best is why. He shouldn't be even mentioned in the same breath as Galchenyuk. 3 PPGs vs a terrible team is nothing to be proud of. He was a non factor against Canada.

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01-02-2013, 09:26 PM
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As good as Canada looked against Russia, I still feel like they have another gear offensively that they haven't reached yet.

For starters, I think Strome and Ritchie should be reunited, as should Huberdeau and MacKinnon, who looked good together in the SSS. Camara could replace Ritchie on Jenner's line, who is probably better suited to a checking/grinding role anyways.

Drouin - Nugent-Hopkins - Scheifele
Huberdeau - MacKinnon - Rattie
McNeill/Lipon - Strome - Ritchie
Camara - Jenner - Danault
McNeill/Lipon
I wish we could have seen something like this in pool play...Spott's definitely going to stick to the lines from the Russia game at the very least to start off the USA game. MacKinnon's gonna be stuck on the 4th line and the only way he's moving up is with some amazing plays. He's more than capable but I'm not sure it will happen.

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01-02-2013, 09:27 PM
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I knew Gibson would be good and I knew the team would have speed (its kind of a hallmark now), but I didn't realize the D would be as deep as they have been.
I have always believed in this D group so I don't find them overly surprising but I thought my belief in them might have been my bias so I am glad to see it pan out. It has been a long time since we have been able to cut the kind of players they did leaving camp and those that didn't even get an invite to camp. It said something about the group back then and it has showed. In the past draft status would have seen a guy like Skjei or Schmaltz as a slam dunk, but this year they really had a decent open competition. I think it points to the development of the program. The US is now getting to the point where draft status isn't the be all end all on this team, sometimes it has been.

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01-02-2013, 09:32 PM
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Gaudreau is average at best is why. He shouldn't be even mentioned in the same breath as Galchenyuk. 3 PPGs vs a terrible team is nothing to be proud of. He was a non factor against Canada.
Dismiss him at your own peril. The guy has lots of offensive skills, just didn't bury the breakaway or the tap in against Russia (more a great save by Makarov) but the chances were there. He got open and with confidence that might be a different story now. Goal scorers don't care who the points come against and once the pucks start going in they are confident they can do it to anyone. This isn't a guy frustrated by two major scoring chances going by the boards and a terrible opening game. He should be a much different player now, but by all means pay less attention to him, I hope that they do.

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01-02-2013, 09:39 PM
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Way to close to call for me to put any money down, and for one game anything can happen.



Let's keep something in mind though...we are basically talking about kids playing a hockey tournament. Who ever wins three cheers

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01-02-2013, 09:41 PM
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Just found out Galchenyuk is nuts

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01-02-2013, 09:43 PM
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Gaudreau is average at best is why. He shouldn't be even mentioned in the same breath as Galchenyuk. 3 PPGs vs a terrible team is nothing to be proud of. He was a non factor against Canada.
lol.

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01-02-2013, 09:49 PM
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Canada wins 4-1. Gibson has played lights out so far in this tournament but the pressure of the Canadian attack will be too much for him to handle. He is actually the only way the States have any shot in the game.

The Americans will come back to reality after destroying a couple tier 3 teams.

I like the States hockey the past few years... they finally figured it out! Born in America and trained in Canada.

GO CANADA GO

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01-02-2013, 09:51 PM
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Gaudreau is average at best is why. He shouldn't be even mentioned in the same breath as Galchenyuk. 3 PPGs vs a terrible team is nothing to be proud of. He was a non factor against Canada.
And Galchenyuk was haha? Gaudreau may have been USA's best forward against Canada.

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01-02-2013, 10:04 PM
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3-2 Canada in a shootout.

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Gaudreau is average at best is why. He shouldn't be even mentioned in the same breath as Galchenyuk. 3 PPGs vs a terrible team is nothing to be proud of. He was a non factor against Canada.
Oooooo. He mad.

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01-02-2013, 10:14 PM
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Canada wins 4-1. Gibson has played lights out so far in this tournament but the pressure of the Canadian attack will be too much for him to handle. He is actually the only way the States have any shot in the game.

The Americans will come back to reality after destroying a couple tier 3 teams.

I like the States hockey the past few years... they finally figured it out! Born in America and trained in Canada.

GO CANADA GO
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01-02-2013, 10:17 PM
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Time to put that Gally talk behind. May the best team win. There will be enough time to criticize after the tournament.

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I wonder why Gaudreau and Galchenyuk never play together. They're the two best (only?) pure scorers on the team; both can make plays and score goals. Even if they don't play ES together, I'm surprised that they don't go out on the main powerplay together either. One would think that their two styles would compliment each other nicely.
They did for a bit during the summer camp and it never really worked. Kind of like how Patrick Kane and Paul Stastny didn't really gel in Vancouver. Both guys want the puck and want to create. That's why Wilson put Kesler on Kane's line and probably why after the summer camp where they struggled, Housley decided to try and replicate that by putting Miller on Gaudreau's line.

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01-02-2013, 10:22 PM
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It kind of makes no sense that a team who loses two games gets too face the undefeated team in the semi finals...

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USA 3-2, USA to grab a few early goals and survive a final period siege with Gibson standing on his head.

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01-02-2013, 10:28 PM
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It kind of makes no sense that a team who loses two games gets too face the undefeated team in the semi finals...
How does that not make sense?

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01-02-2013, 10:28 PM
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It kind of makes no sense that a team who loses two games gets too face the undefeated team in the semi finals...
i'm not sure what you're proposing.

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at these fatigue comments. Get a clue.

I think Canada will be rusty....they haven't played in awhile...it could really offset the fatigue factor with the Americans.
Maybe you should get a clue, its very real, and effects EVERYBODY. 6 games in 8 days will wear on you, I dont care how young you are.

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It kind of makes no sense that a team who loses two games gets too face the undefeated team in the semi finals...
He means they shouldnt even be in it at this point, lose 2, you suck, get lost.

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I'll be back after Canada wins 4-1.

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U.S. 4-2 with an empty netter.

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4-2 Canada with an empty netter

Jenner, Drouin, Nugent-Hopkins & Schiefele with goals for Canada

Jones and J.T. Miller for the US

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I'll be back after Canada wins 4-1.
How about you come back when the main US players on the team are trained in Canada. That'd be a lot better for everybody.

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