Your savory breakfast links:
- Sweden shut out Finland 2-0 to claim the top spot in Group B. They play Team North America at 3pm today; a win or overtime/shootout loss will secure a berth in the playoffs. [WCH2016, CBS Sports, ESPN (and again)]
- The Caps’ #1 centerman was held pointless, but:
Nicklas Backstrom hits the crossbar with a sneaky wrist shot. He needs to shoot more. He has a really good shot. Should use it. #WCH2016— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) September 20, 2016
- USA was eliminated from playoff and World Cup contention with a 4-2 loss to our neighbors to the north. [ESPN (and again), WCH2016]
- TJ Oshie flat sniped the game’s final goal with under 3 minutes left in the third:
- John Carlson and Matt Niskanen were held pointless in the game and each finished minus-1. Here is Matt Niskanen’s minus from John Tavares’ dangle via ref-cam. Ouch:
- Irregardless, this tournament is being regarded as a disaster for USA Hockey and almost certainly Changes Will Be Made. [CBS Sports, THN, Sportsnet, Toronto Star]
- Braden Holtby was a healthy scratch but Gord Downie chilled with him at the game... [RMNB]
- ... and you can bid on his Canada bucket feat. Gord Downie right here... [NHL Auctions]
- ... and Holtby will get a sweater to back up Corey Crawford for Canada’s final round robin game Team Europe tonight. [CSNMA]
- Russia will play its third round robin vs. Finland on Thursday. While we wait, enjoy mic’d up Ovi and mic’d up Kuzy. It’s almost all in Russian for some reason and quite mesmerizing. Also Ovi’s release on his first goal was ridiculous.
- Speaking of Kuznetsov, he was a bit of a petulant, penalty-taking brat for the first four periods in this tournament. Then he pulled it together and scored. [ESPN $]
- The Caps’ rookie tournament concluded with a 7-0 loss to the Predators, which meant that the Caps went 0-3 in the tourney and were outscored 26-8. [NoVa Caps Fans, WaPo, Monumental (gamer, Troy Mann interview, players interview)]
- Finally, happy 47th birthday to Curtis Leschyshyn.
- One more - Congrats to all the fans who supported the Caps’ #RockTheRainbow initiative. The team raised over $17,000 for the You Can Play project. [CSNMA]