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Anthony Duclair notched a goal and an assist for Canada last night in the 2015 World Junior Championships, helping the Canadians beat Finland by a score of 4-1. Team USA also won last night, shutting out Slovakia by a score of 3-0. Brandon Halverson was not in net for this shutout. Canada still leads USA by one point in Group A, but it seems a lock that both teams will advance to the elimination round.

Pavel Buchnevich recorded an assist for Russia, but the Russians fell to the Swedes by a score of 3-2. Igor Shesterkin was not in net for the game. The loss likely locks Russia into second place in Group B, behind Sweden, provided they win out from here.

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Both goalies selected in the 2014 NHL draft over the summer put up solid performances for their respective teams during last night’s 2015 World Junior Championships preliminary round games. Brandon Halverson (USA) made 14 saves as Team USA defeated Germany 6-0. Igor Shesterkin made 32 saves as Russia dominated Switzerland 7-0. High touted Pavel Buchnevich notched a goal and two assists in that contest.

The win game Team USA their second win (first came in overtime against Finland). They trail Anthony Duclair and Canada by a point in Group A’s standings, since OT wins net two points and regulation wins are three points. Russia, who beat Denmark in OT for their first win, trails Sweden by a point as well.

All three clubs with Rangers prospects are in action today. USA takes on Slovakia today at 4pm. Russia takes on Sweden in a game that will likely decide the winner of Group B at 5pm. Canada takes on Finland at 8pm.

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Anthony Duclair notched a goal and an assist in Canada’s 8-0 dismantling of Slovakia yesterday in their 2015 World Junior Championship opener. Duclair’s goal was pretty sweet, and the video is below. USA (with Brandon Halverson) and Russia (with Pavel Buchnevich and Igor Shesterkin) also won their openers.

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Anthony Duclair (Canada) and Pavel Buchnevich (Russia) headline the four New York Rangers prospects participating in the 2015 World Junior Championships in Montreal. Duclair and Buchnevich, both taken in the third round of the 2013 draft, are the top two prospects in the system. Both are high-end scoring wingers, and both will hopefully make significant impacts on the Rangers roster in the near future.

Joining Duclair and Buchnevich in Montreal will be the pair of goalies selected in 2014 – Brandon Halverson (USA) and Igor Shesterkin (Russia).

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Per Steve Zipay, the New York Rangers have loaned winger Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for the upcoming World Junior Championships. This was expected, as Duclair had been a healthy scratch for a few games in a row now, and it looked like he had lost his spot in the top-nine. Duclair will be with Team Canada for the next month or so. After that, the Rangers will need to make a decision to keep him on the NHL roster or return him to the QMJHL.

In 18 games this year, Duke has put up 1-6-7, while driving puck possession (51.27% CF) in sheltered minutes (60% OZ starts).

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World Cup of Hockey to return?

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Per Puck Daddy, citing a translated article from, Donald Fehr (head of the NHLPA) let slip that the World Cup of Hockey will return in 2016, between September 15 and October 1. Canada, USA, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and the Czech Republic will take part in the tournament, along with two additional countries (Slovakia and Switzerland were mentioned by PD).

The World Cup of Hockey was inaugurated in 1996, with Team USA, captained by Brian Leetch and backstopped by Mike Richter, winning gold. Canada won gold in 2004, the second and last time the tournament was played.

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Tom Renney named President of Hockey Canada

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Per Darren Dreger, ex-Rangers head coach Tom Renney has been named the President of Hockey Canada. Renney took over head coaching duties for the Rangers at the end of the 2003-2004 season, and coached three full years and parts of two others before being fired in 2009. In 327 games as the head coach, Renney’s Rangers went 164-121-42. Renney’s Rangers also qualified for the playoffs in each of his three full seasons, ending a seven year drought without April hockey in New York.

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The ice hockey tournament of the 2014 Winter Olympics comes to an end today, as Canada (Rick Nash) takes on Sweden (Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin) in the gold medal game at 7am. Yesterday, Team USA (Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan) failed to show up against Finland, getting shut out 5-0 in the bronze medal game. With the loss, Team USA will not medal, closing out a disappointing Olympics.

Use this as your open thread for the Sweden/Canada game. Discuss whatever you want, just keep it civil.

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Bronze medal game: USA/Finland open thread

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Even though they lost to Canada in unimpressive fashion yesterday, Team USA can still win a medal today by beating the Finns and capturing the bronze. The Finns boast ex-Rangers Olli Jokinen, Lauri Kospikoski, and Jarkko Immonen, in addition to the a few stars (Tuukka Rask, Teemu Selanne, Kimmo Timmonen). The Finns don’t have much offensive punch, but they are probably the best defensive team in the Olympics this year. That stifling defense helped them beat Russia in the quarterfinals, and put up a good fight against Sweden in the semis.

Use this as your open thread for the game. Talk about anything you want, but keep it civil.

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The Re-match and USA/Canada Open Thread

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Better luck this year?

This afternoon, at 12pm Eastern time, the United States will take on their bitter rivals to the north* for the chance at Olympic Gold on Sunday.  After losing to the Canadians in the Gold Medal game in Vancouver (for the record, one of the best international hockey games ever played), I can only imagine the Americans are chomping at the bit for another chance at the Red, White and Black.

Since the Americans didn’t bother to show up to Nagano, Japan, where the NHL marked its Olympic debut, this modern rivalry really got started in Salt Lake City in 2002.  Prior to his tragic passing, Herb Brooks lead an improbable US squad to what should have been a Gold medal (because destiny), but came up Silver to the Canadians.

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