Canada advances to final with commanding victory over Russia

Jeff Veillette
September 24 2016 11:09PM

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Canada vs. Russia on a Saturday night. Can anything top that? Well, one could argue that a lot of things could in 2016. While the two giants comprised what used to be hockey's greatest international rivalry, today's game didn't carry that vibe. In fact, it didn't really carry much of a vibe; while the lead had a changeover that gave the illusion of competitiveness, Canada maintained a staggeringly lopsided level of control in a 5-3 win that felt even bigger.

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WCOH SEMIFINAL 1: CANADA VS. RUSSIA

Lowetide
September 24 2016 11:45AM

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If we are honest, the idea of North America versus Canada had so much appeal that it took a day to get behind the idea of Canada versus Russia. Fortunately, the two nations have a lot of history on the ice that allows both sides to build up a good lather. Add to that the built-in Sidney Crosby—Alex Ovechkin rivalry, the fact Mike Babcock will want to announce his presence with authority to Russian coach Oleg Znarok (seriously, that is his name) and assistant Harijs Vitolins (really). It's tuques versus ushankas for the right to play Sweden or the Seven Nation Army.

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A handy guide to 2016-17 camp battles

Ryan Pike
September 24 2016 08:00AM

Main training camp is now officially underway for the 60+ players that the Calgary Flames have brought in to vie for roster spots. Let's be brutally honest, though: all 60+ players don't have the same chance at said spots. Some jobs are spoken for, and only a precious few are up for grabs.

In the interest of sweet, sweet clarity we present to you our guide to 2016-17's Training Camp Battles (in order of importance).

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Waiting for Gaudreau: The final stretch

Ari Yanover
September 23 2016 11:00AM

As far as the Calgary Flames are concerned, the World Cup of Hockey is over.

Team Czech Republic and Michael Frolik are done, as are Team Finland and Jyrki Jokipakka (and training camp invite Lauri Korpikoski, for that matter). Team Sweden has moved on to the knockout rounds, but with Mikael Backlund out with a concussion, he isn't playing, either.

And neither is Team North America. A loss to Russia during round robin play ultimately sealed their fates, and what was once one of the more exciting teams to watch as of late is no more.

That means Johnny Gaudreau is, for the time being, essentially without a team.

At least until he gets a contract signed.

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Three rookies flying under the radar

Pat Steinberg
September 23 2016 08:30AM

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With main camp getting underway for the Calgary Flames, many eyes will be on NHL hopefuls like Matthew Tkachuk, Mark Jankowski, and Oliver Kylington. While those guys deserve the eyeballs they'll get, they aren't the only ones with a chance to make an impact at camp. I've got three guys who might do just that even though they'll probably be flying under the radar heading in.

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