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Canada in the finals

The audience of WHC 2017 saw amazing circus packed with the actions, scoring by the captain Sidney Crosby, quick responses by the Russians, and see saw game play, leading to Canadian win over Russia 5:3. If Ovechkin is stuck with the pain to score and he sent only Toews onto the boards, Crosby proved them wrong and ruled during the game. Three goals were speaking loudly. His opener was again wrap around dance and it was Team Canada who had better puck possession during the game, with the Russians breathing on their necks and trying to tie. 

Sidney Crosby's opener against Russia

Kucherov responded in the second period and tied the results to 1:1, Kuznecov stirred the pot after couple of minutes and his pass to Dadonov landed behind Price's backs. The Russia was in the saddle with 2:1 but Canada bounced back in the last period. It was Bonfire night for Crosby's crew - Marchand's wrist shot increased their chances to 3:2, and it was 5:2 in the middle of the last period, when two goals were added by Perry and Tavares. Panarin tried to save Russia scoring their third goal in the end of the game but without chance, 5:3 for Canada who is in the finals of WHC 2017 and fighting for the gold. Again. 

Jonathan Toews taking thumble by Alexander Ovechkin

Canada: Price - S. Weber, Vlasic, Doughty, Bouwmeester, Burns, Pietrangelo - P. Bergeron, Crosby, Marchand - Perry, Toews, Couture - Stamkos, Getzlaf, Tavares - Duchene, R. O’Reilly, J. Thornton. Coach: Mike Babcock.

Russia: Bobrovsky - Zajcev, Orlov, Jemelin, Markov, Marchenko, Kulikov, Nesterov - Tarasenko, Kuznecov, Ovechkin - Panarin, Malkin, Kulyomin - Kucherov, Anisimov, Namestnikov - Dadonov, Telegin. Coach: Oleg Znarok.

Corey Perry after scoring goal for Canada

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Toews in, Kane out

Patrick Kane had -2 points yesterday in the game against Czech republic where they lost 3:4 and they are out compared to his team mate captain Jonathan Toews who scored two goals in the last game and his Team Canada will meet Russia in the semifinals of WHC 2016. 

If Kane had better season in the jersey of Chicago Blackhawks, Toews does not let anyone rain on his parade during World Cup and Canadian team is unstoppable machine without one break or lost. Sidney Crosby said recently about Toews is "He has that ability and that knack to step up in big games." Jonathan Toews sees a game with Russians in positive light: There is a good rivalry with the Russians and it's going to be a good.


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World Cup: Canada - Team Europe 4:1

Canadian squad of Maple Leaf is in the semifinals and they will face either Russia or Team America. Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews secured the top spot in Group A with his two goals, when Canada trashed Team Europe 4:1 yesterday. If they lost the game against USA in preparation, there is still zero lost game in World Cup and it is all what matters.

Two captains started the raid of Team Europe with the first two goals - Sidney Crosby's wrap around goal at 4:01 and Jonathan Toews at 19:05. His buddy from the Hawks Marian Hossa who rented him his Downtown Condo where Tazer liked to fall asleep on the smellie throne or in the bath tube under the window when he was drunk like a fish, took his revenge in the second period when he attacked his other team mate Corey Crawford in the rival net from the left circle and the puck said Hello on his journey behind Crawfie's backs - the first goal of Team Europe at 4:38. The banter shuttle bus between two team mates did not stop and Toews as a copycat of Marian Hossa  increased score for his country in the end of the second period, 3:1, also firing from the left circle. Still better to see nice action by Crosby's opener how he circled around the net and shoveled it between Halak's poles. Still better than beating around the bush:]] Funny enough Crosby has more assists than Tiews but Toews sent a pass on Logan Couture's stick in the third period  and they created final result 4:1. 

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