Team Europe Surprise Defeat over Team USA WCH2016

We’ll keep this short: Team Europe managed to get around goalie Jonathan Quick. Team USA, with 35 shots on goal, couldn’t break through the Wall of Halak.

Some have said USA seemed to lack a sense of urgency or desire to win. We think their shots show the opposite. We actually think it may be more of a coach issue. John Tortorella has something to prove with this team; however, he doesn’t seem to have created a cohesive system or even a team the can read one another.

We won’t totally blame Torts. The guys need to take this loss and find a way to return energized against the dynamic and cohesiveness of Team Canada on Tuesday if they hope to advance.

We remain cautiously hopeful and have faith in Quick!!

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Go USA!!

USA-Finland World Cup of Hockey Third Period Wrap

Back to the third period with a stong USA lead over Finland. Finland put up a good fight against Team USA closing the gap to 3-2 as USA takes the win.

Pretty uneventful 10 minutes until USA Justin Abdelkader was called for slashing- Finlnd to the PP again. 

Finally Finland’s Patrik Laine got one on the boards.  3-1 USA

Finlnd wasn’t done yet scoring again with 4:33 left in the game- goal by Jussi Jokinen. 3-2 USA.

Caps Players Tagged for World Cup Teams

It is an honor for a hockey player to be selected to represent his country in the World Cup Hockey Games. The games will take place September 17 to October 1st at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The Team Logos and uniforms were revealed on 2 March, as were the team rosters.

Here is how the Capitals came out:

Team USA: John Carlson, TJ Oshie

Team Canada: Braden Holtby

Team Russia: Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov,and Dmitry Orlov. (and former Cap goalie Semyon Varlamov)

Team Sweden:  Nicklas Backstrom

And because we know you care…

Czech Republic: While no current Capitals player is on the team, former goalie Michal Neuvirth has been named one of the goalies.

According to the Washington Post: ” two World Cup of Hockey exhibitions in September, one between the United States and Finland on Sept. 13 and another between Team Europe and Sweden on Sept. 14, the Capitals announced on Wednesday. Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington will also host practices for all four teams.”