Russian Federation beats Team North America in Toronto

TORONTO ON- SEPTEMBER 22 Ben Bishop #30 of Team USA keeps his eyes on the puck during the first period against Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey tournament at the Air Canada Centre

TORONTO (AP) - Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves and Sweden wrapped up the top seed in Group B and a spot in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals by reaching overtime in a 4-3 loss to Team North America on Wednesday. "Spread us out a little bit and made us hesitant".

"I thought we looked unsure out there for the first time as a team ... I had a high appreciation personally for how he played the game, but it's gone way up now that you're around him consistently day in and day out." Sep.

Former Montreal Canadien Jaroslav Halak is expected to start in the net for Team Europe, who are considered serious underdogs in this matchup, and are now listed on Sports Interaction's World Cup of Hockey odds as +485 underdogs.

North America had to kill off a big Trochek boarding penalty at 9:54 of the final frame of regulation. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Vladmir Tarasenko also scored in the second period.

No. 1 draft pick Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for North America (1-1), which outshot Russian Federation 45-23. Not only did it produce five goals, it featured no fewer than five breakaways by the speedy North Americans, two by Connor McDavid who couldn't buy a goal for his bad fortune.

Canada led for more than 51 minutes in their 6-0 win over the Czechs and almost 54 minutes against the Americans. North America didn't stop buzzing, though.

Meanwhile, Team North America, the "young guns" of US and Canadian players 23 and under, looked formidable in its tournament-opening 4-1 win over Finland on Sunday night and just missed a chance to lock up a spot in the semifinals when its rally against Russian Federation fell short in a 4-3 loss Monday night. "We got to talk about how we going to do things", Rielly said.

"Johnny (Gaudreau) made a great pass to me and I just thought I'd put it away because I wouldn't have been able to backcheck, I would've been too exhausted", said MacKinnon. After being around this group I wouldn't say this, but thinking in the middle of July when you're sitting there and imagining your team, you're think about a 1-1 record with a chance to play against a real good team to get to the finals. The victor of that match plays either North America or Russia Saturday night in the first semifinal. Both teams are still in contentions to advance to the knockout round.

"When you sit back against a team like that", goalie Matt Murray said, "they're going to come at you 100 miles per hour and it's not easy to defend". "It would have been nice to get an extra save, and he (Murray) will probably tell you that ... That's something we've got to clean up".

It was an open, free-wheeling affair with plenty of offence. Shots were 37-27 North America.

Gaudreau makes a slow approach to the net, Lundqvist cutting off the angle. Matthews was stick-handling from his knees.

The normally restrained Matthews, who turned 19 on Saturday, permitted himself a smile after scoring.

Just one minute 29 seconds in two games so far.

"It's always exciting to score, contribute". To be a part of this team, just hearing the crowd when we won and seeing the fans smack on the glass. Giving these young stars the opportunity to adapt quickly to new teammates, take to new coaching ideals and techniques, and the ability to gel with the other young players will no doubt be beneficial to these players as well as the National Hockey League as a whole long-term. They quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Tre Kroner, then went up 3-1. He celebrated with a bird-like arm-flapping move before chirping the North American bench.

Riley pulled one back at 17:56, firing a shot through traffic after a blocked shot came back to him.



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