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The World Cup of Hockey is arguably some of the best television you can hope for every eight to twelve years. Not only does it signal the beginning of another glorious NHL season, it also gives nations a chance to compete in a relatively relaxed environment against the world’s best competition.
Unfortunately for Team USA, that competition has been railing on them pretty hard. Our boys are currently 0-2 after an initial 0-3 loss to Team Europe and an absolute shelling by Canada. Could it be the decision to disregard goal scorers for big, bruising guys that are more focused on the start of league play than they are about risking injury? Pittsburgh Penguins RW Phil Kessel sure seems to think so.
Come on, Phil. How are you going to do your boys dirty like that? They’re in hostile territory getting put in a full nelson by Canada’s only national treasure while you lounge around with a glass of scotch and your pup. I know one of your hands is recovering from surgery, but that doesn’t mean you have to use the other to go in on Dean Lombardi’s questionable roster. Have a little respect for boneheaded management, Philly Cheese.
Anyone who watched last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs knows that Phil the Thrill is electric near the goal. The man dropped double digit goals, points, and shots en route to the Pens first championship since 2009. Team USA was never really in a spot to win the whole thing and, with two big losses in a row, their shot at a Cup is over. I’m sure if you asked Kessel (or Tyler Johnson for that matter), they’d tell you things could be a lot different. Would they be right? Maybe, but we’ll probably have to wait 24 years before we ever see another exhibition like this..
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