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Friday, September 23, 2016

Fun is Dead- Team North America Eliminated from #WCH2016

The last of the World Cup of Hockey's round robin games concluded Thursday night.  As the semi-finals are set we take a look back at the action.

Russia Ruins Everyone's Fun

Team North America needed help from the Finns or they were finished.  Team North America didn't get the help they needed.  Team Russia needed to win by three goals.  Team North America needed Team Finland to score at least one goal.  Team North America is out of the World Cup of Hockey.

Team Russia advanced on to the semi-finals by virtue of a 3-0 win over Team Finland, a team who never quite put together the talent they needed to contend.  Olli Maatta managed to stay above water, not notching a minus in the +/- column while Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal to make the game 3-0.

USA Finally Out of its Misery

Team USA was already done before the puck dropped but in the face of mounting criticism they looked to make some sort of impact against Team Czech Republic.  Win one game, show they'll go down fighting, prove their doubters wrong.  Instead they added more fuel to the fire.

While scoring more in one game than they had the previous entire tournament, they still couldn't manage to out-grit their way to a win.  Showing heart they fought to a 4-3 loss.  Meanwhile fans made it known they weren't happy with "Let's go Kessel!" chants erupting during the game.  Where Team USA goes from here isn't known but it'll be hard to go lower.

Other Notes

The semi-finals take place this weekend with Evgeni Malkin and Team Russia taking on Sidney Crosby and Team Canada on Saturday at 7:00pm EST on ESPN2.  The second game, Team Europe against Carl Hagelin, Patric Hornqvist, and Team Sweden, is a go Sunday at 1pm EST on ESPN.

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