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Lace 'em up. Time for the Morning Skate.
What a game between North America and Sweden. The stout Swedes were arguably the toughest test the youngsters from the New World had to face so far in the World Cup, and it resulted in three periods of deadlocked, fun hockey. Oh, and also the most ridiculous 3-on-3 overtime we’ve ever seen that left everyone’s jaw stuck to the floor.
The only problem for North America: finishing in overtime means they need Finland to beat Russia today in order to advance to the semifinal against Canada, who took down Europe with ease on Wednesday.
We are all Finns today.
Unless some of us are also Russians.
TEAM USA fallout
Seemingly every sports outlet on the web took time to dance on USA’s grave yesterday. Your sports pals here at SB Nation were no different. Here’s a snippet of what we wrote about United States management prioritizing grit over skill:
"Prioritizing those values reeks of a roster and philosophy you use when you know you’re the weakest team and you have to zig while the contenders zag. It’s actively claiming the scrappy underdog title when nobody else was throwing it at you anyway.
There’s zero reason the United States should ever think this way."
Check out the rest here. USA general manager Dean Lombardi speaks to the media this morning.
"HEY, THE SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER" CORNER
- Kings fans hope the World Cup will push Marian Gaborik back into prime form.
- Now that Eric Gryba is on a tryout contract with the Oilers, Copper ‘N Blue takes a look at what he can bring to Edmonton.
- Here’s a nice article from Blueshirt Banter about a new documentary on fighting and concussions in hockey.
- Washington just locked up Dmitry Orlov.
- Team USA and Patrick Kane needed more from each other at the World Cup.
- After a horrible year, the Canadiens seem ... hopeful?