Americans struggle to sustain offense, play conservative in 1-0 loss to Canada


Canada is advancing to the Gold Medal game for the second straight Olympics with a 1-0 win over the United States. Jamie Benn scored the only goal of the game and Carey Price made 31 saves for the shutout. The Canadians in an excellent defensive effort, have given up just three goals in the tournament and the Gold Medal game pegs the 2006 Gold Medal winner in Sweden up against the 2010 Gold Medal winner. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE UNITED STATES? The Americans came into this game as a team built on being fast to the puck and we saw none of that today. Canada was the superior team by a wide margin and the game really felt like a 4-0 game in Canada’s favor than the end score of 1-0. Canada was tremendous in clogging the middle and keeping the Americans to the outside. The Americans had troubleRead More »

2014 Olympics: Crosby centering Kunitz and Carter on Canada’s top line


TEAM CANADA UPDATE Photo: Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune Sidney Crosby, as expected, is centering Chris Kunitz and Jeff Carter on Canada’s top line during Canada’s first on-ice practice session today in Sochi. Carter had been looked at as the logical choice to get the first shot on Crosby’s right wing once Steven Stamkos was ruled out of action last week. Crosby appearing in his second Olympics, had 4 goals and 3 assists in seven games during the 2010 Olympic games. Crosby had two game winning goals, including the OT winner in the Gold Medal game. Per Tim Wharnsby of CBC, Canada’s second and third lines were Patrick Sharp – Jonathan Toews – Rick Nash and John Tavares – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry. Barring Chris Kunitz really struggling out of the gates, he’s expected to be a lock to stay with Crosby but the right wing situation could end upRead More »

WJC Prospects Buzz: Scott Harrington’s shot blocking prowess on display vs Germany


Prospects Buzz Three of the Penguins top-10 prospects, Olli Maatta, Finland, Scott Harrington, Canada, and Teddy Blueger, Latvia, are participating in the World Championships in Russia and all three were in action today. Canada 9 – Germany 3: Harrington was a +3 and had an assist in the win.

Crosby, Fleury named to Team Canada


As expected goaltender Marc Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby were named to Team Canada today. Canada goes into the 2010 Winter Olympics as the favorites to win gold. Sidney Crosby was named an alternate captain. Penguins center Jordan Staal was not named to the team. “This is a pretty special honor. I’m pretty proud to be apart of it, ” Sidney Crosby said today on being selected to Team Canada. Team Canada Roster

Sources: Jordan Staal still in the mix for Team Canada


Team Canada Buzz Team Canada representatives are still evaluating 4-to-6 players for their final forward spots and Jordan Staal is among the players still be evaluated, according to multiple sources. Staal still has a daunting task of earning a spot but to his credit is still in the mix. Representatives from Team Canada are slated to attend tonight’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. They are expected to finalize their roster by Sunday. Staal is being frequently discussed of late as a 13th forward according to a source, who could also fill a 4th line role if needed. Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman is a strong supporter of Staal’s which has gone a long way towards Staal remaining in the mix this long. It’s also doesn’t hurt that Staal was among the Penguins best players in the Stanley Cup final and is playing his best hockey of late.Read More »

Fleury to begin full-training regiment next week


Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury has had a short off-season after winning his first Stanley Cup on June 12th, 2009. It has only been six weeks since the Penguins ended their season but it’s back to business for Fleury next week as he will begin his full training regiment in Montreal. Fleury will train in Montreal with a number of established NHL players including teammate Ruslan Fedotenko who resides in Montreal during the summer. Fleury will attend Team Canada’s 2009 orientation camp in Calgary from August 24-27. Goaltenders Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Que./New Jersey, NHL), Marc-AndrĂ© Fleury (Sorel, Que./Pittsburgh, NHL), Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Que./Vancouver, NHL), Steve Mason (Oakville, Ont./Columbus, NHL) and Cam Ward (Sherwood Park, Alta./Carolina, NHL) have all been invited to camp. The Penguins open training camp on Wednesday, September 16th. Goligoski bulking up?