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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Post Phil Kessel Ending USA Hockey World Cup Update

Nathan Dennette - The Canadian Press 
It's day one after Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel ended USA Hockey's existence with one snarky tweet and things are happening.

Here's the tweet in all it's glory incase you missed it:
Pens World Cup of Hockey Update

In the afternoon matchup, Team North America prevailed over Sweden 4-3 in quite possibly the most bonkers OT thriller I've ever seen.

Penguins net minder Matt Murray did not play due to a thumb ailment. He was replaced by a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, John Gibson.

Penguins forwards Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist did play for Sweden. Their play was highlighted by Carl Hagelin breaking up a pass to Connor McDavid directly in front of Henrik Lundqvist that would have certainly resulted in a goal.

Hornqvist recorded an assist on Filip Forsberg's goal and got away with punching Jacob Trouba in the face behind the play.

In the night game, Canada defeated Team Europe 4-1.

Pens Captain Sidney Crosby got the scoring started with a wrap-around goal just 4:01 into the game.

Looking Ahead

The final two round robin games take place tomorrow at 3pm EST and 8pm EST and there is plenty on the line.

3pm Game: If Evgeni Malkin and Russia defeat Olli Maatta and Finland, they will advance to the Semifinals. If Finland is able to find a way to defeat the Russians, Team North America will advance to the Semifinals and play Canada. There's potential for a Crosby vs Murray matchup.

8pm Game: Team USA (who is salty about Kessel's tweet) take on the Czech Republic. Both teams are eliminated from further contention and this game has lost it's luster because of that.

Or has it? There might be talk about Phil Kessel's character flaws due to his hilarious tweet. If memory serves me right, that happened a year ago and he ended up leading the Stanley Cup playoffs in goals and winning a Stanley Cup.

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