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« on: July 17, 2014, 02:32:26 AM »
VIERUMAKI, Finland -- Vicki Bendus had a hat trick Saturday as Canada hammered Slovakia 11-0 at the 12 Nations womens hockey tournament. Haley Irwin, Jayna Hefford and Jesse Scanzano each added two apiece while Courtney Birchard and Mallory Deluce also scored as Canada outshot the Slovaks 73-8. Genevieve Lacasse picked up the win for Canada (3-0), while Monika Kvakova allowed all 11 goals for Slovakia (0-3). "We had our most complete game today," Canada head coach Dan Church said. "We played well on both sides of the puck and the areas that weve been working on tactically in our game have really been coming together. "Slovakia was probably the toughest defensively of the three teams that weve faced so far, so we had to be good both defensively and offensively." The Canadians have won the first three round-robin games of the tournament by a combined 41-1 score, but things will get much tougher Sunday against the world champions from the U.S. Church said that while every game is important, a meeting with the hockey rival has added significance. "Whenever you play the United States its a great game and these are the games that the players really look forward to because they are our rival," Church said. "Its almost like every game between Canada and the U.S. is like a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final." The 12 Nations is a new tournament on the womens hockey schedule. The International Ice Hockey Federation wants to close the large gaps in skill between countries by providing more competitive opportunities. Its hoped federations will put more resources into female hockey and that players will be motivated to improve their skills. Eight countries -- Canada, the U.S., Finland, Sweden, Russia, Switzerland, Slovakia and Japan -- are facing each other in Finland, while France, Germany, Norway and the Czech Republic are playing in a mini-tournament simultaneously in Courcheval, France. cheap nfl jerseys . In this weeks “Leaf Report” podcast, Jonas Siegel and James Mirtle break down some of the key factors in the teams turnaround including Nazem Kadri stepping up to quiet rumours of him being dealt and an increase in the offensive production from Torontos blueline. wholesale nfl jerseys . I feel bad for him right now. Its all slipping away for him and he knows it. - After publicly asking management to trade him a few days ago, Josh Smith gave the Atlanta Hawks too many reasons not to on Sunday night against the Sacramento Kings. cheap jerseys from china . They wanted to avoid a Canucks power play clicking at better than 28 per cent, scoring on 17 man-advantage chances in 18 playoff games. Instead, Bostons big forwards would crash and bang on the forecheck when the teams were at even strength and create scoring chances. cheap jerseys . First, they have all been against an opponent he has never fought before, and second, he has won them all.The Colorado Avalanche, rolling along with a 10-1 record, traded a winger who had spent the season on their first line, in exchange for a veteran checker. Numbers Game looks at the Steve Downie-Maxime Talbot trade. The Flyers Get: RW Steve Downie. Downie, 26, missed nearly all of last season after suffering a torn ACL in the second game of the season, but hes proven to be healthy this year, playing 16:43 per game through the first 11 games of the season, contributing one goal, seven points and a plus-4 rating for the Avalanche. While those numbers look like a positive start to the season for Downie, digging deeper can reveal some reason to have more modest expectations. For one thing, while Downie has fine possession stats, it wouldnt be right to ignore the contributions of Matt Duchene, especially since Duchene drives play more consistently and has been one of the leagues top players early in the season. Downie does offer a rare blend of talent and ability to wreak havoc on the ice. From 2009-2010 through 2011-2012, there were three players to score 40 goals and register at least 400 penalty minutes: Downie, Steve Ott and Scott Hartnell, who is going to be Downies teammate in Philadelphia. Returning to Philadelphia, where Downie played 38 games before he was traded early in the 2008 season, certainly puts Downie in a top-nine role, but theres going to be competition for playing time among the other Flyers wingers. Based on Philadelphias line combinations last game, it would be easy enough to slot Downie in for rookie Michael Raffl, alongside Claude Giroux and Vincent Lecavalier on the top line, but Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Matt Read are among those competing for ice time on the wings and its easy enough to see how Downie could still end up playing in a third-line role for the Flyers. If he does end up playing with Giroux and Lecavalier, that is a good opportunity for Downie to put up points, maybe even challenge his career-high 46 points that he had with Tampa Bay in 2009-2010. Downie, who comes with a cap hit of $2.65-million, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Given the Flyers depth up front, they dont have to make a commitment to anything long-term but, given the Flyers history when it comes to handing out contracts, who would be surprised to see Downie land a multi-year extension? The Avalanche Get: LW Max Talbot.dddddddddddd. Talbot is a 29-year-old who has surprisingly strong puck possession numbers, even though he played a decidedly defensive role -- C Sean Couturier was the only non-fourth-liner with a higher percentage of defensive zone starts for the Flyers this season. Talbot scored a career-high 19 goals and 34 points for Philadelphia in 2011-2012, but dropped to 10 points in 35 games last season and has two points in 11 games this year. Hes not a gifted offensive player but, with the Avalanche, he doesnt have to be. Talbot can slide into a third-line role and be the defensive conscience on the wing with rookie centre Nathan MacKinnon. Part of Talbots appeal, in addition to championship experience gained in Pittsburghs 2009 Stanley Cup win, is that he has versatility and can play centre as well as either wing. The immediate beneficiary in the Colorado lineup is PA Parenteau, who had already moved up to skate on right wing with Duchene and Ryan OReilly in practice this week. Parenteau and Duchene played together for the most part last season, so there is a familiarity there and Parenteau upgrades the skill level of the trio. Talbot is under contract for two more years, after the current season, at a cap hit of $1.75-million, though his actual salary over the final two years totals $2.25-million, so he comes at something of a bargain relative to his cap hit. In total, Downie is likely to make more of an impact than Talbot, but theres no guarantee where that contribution will be happening beyond this season, so there is some asset management at work here for the Avalanche. While the Flyers might be confident that Downie will be part of their future, its possible that the Avalanche werent so assured. If thats the case, securing the services of a reliable veteran, who has 39 points in 77 career playoff games, who is under contract for a few more seasons may provide long-term value that helps mitigate the potential loss incurred by trading away a younger, more skilled player. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '


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