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4hCraig Custance

Bryzgalov: Canada like Orcs from 'The Hobbit'

Former Team Russia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov still has vivid memories -- and colorful descriptions -- of Canada's dominant win when the teams last met in an important game.

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1dCraig Custance

Who comes back for Team USA?

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey couldn't have gone much worse for Team USA. Which players will be back representing the country in the future?

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23hPierre LeBrun

Does Russia have the talent to upset Canada?

Russia still produces great players, but its day as the top threat to Canada has long passed -- though a win by Alex Ovechkin & Co. in Saturday's World Cup semis could help reverse that slide.

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1dChris Jones

Team USA learns the hard way that heart can be fickle

Team USA, knowing it couldn't match Canada's talent, favored passion over skill when building its World Cup of Hockey roster. The strategy backfired and left the team brokenhearted.

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Team USA's exit, semi-finals preview, more

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald and Chris Jones examine Team North America's exit from the World Cup of Hockey and preview the semi-finals matchups.

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Abdelkader scores for USA to tie game at 2-2 (0:47)
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2dCraig Custance

Flat Team USA sent packing

Considered one of the favorites before the World Cup, the Americans ended their embarrassing run with a loss to the Czechs, a team many considered the weakest in the tournament.

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Pavelski gets USA on the board with PP goal (0:37)
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Malkin scores short side to extend Russia's lead (0:45)
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Ovechkin sets up Tarasenko for easy goal (0:42)
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Seguin calls the Cup his goal this season (2:18)
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What to expect from Patrik Laine in the NHL

Though Patrik Laine has not done much on the score sheet in the World Cup, his game has drawn comparisons to all-time greats, Craig Custance writes.

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North America amazes in one thrilling minute

The sport's future flashed before Sweden's eyes as Team North America's kids put on a dazzling display of speed and skill in one hot minute at the World Cup of Hockey.

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3dScott Burnside

In wake of collapse, U.S. faces hard questions

The players have had their say, but if the USA Hockey brass aren't doing a lot of soul-searching about the implications of a disastrous showing at the World Cup of Hockey, they should be.

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USA's loss not as close as the score (1:44)
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Canada scores twice in 13 seconds (0:53)
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2016 World Cup of Hockey schedule

Dates have been set for all 17 possible games at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, all to be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Europe goalie Jaroslav Halak discusses the 1 p.m. start on Sunday vs. Sweden and what he expects in the semifinals.

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Marian Hossa: We learned good lessons from playing against Team North America. They sort of woke us up.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Europe defenseman Mark Streit: "Now we're here and hungry for more."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Europe coach Ralph Krueger on Anze Kopitar still looking for his first goal: "It's a good time for Anze to net his first one... More importantly it's what he's bringing off the ice and the faceoff circle and so many other areas."

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Tomas Tatar: We have great leadership on Europe but there are a lot of voices in that room.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist said the World Cup of Hockey has been a great tournament and he's looking forward to Saturday's game between Team Canada and Russia. "So far it's been a great experience to play in this tournament. The league has done a great job preparing the players. The camp was great. The tournament's been exciting, a lot of good hockey games and I hope the fans are enjoying it as well. So far it's just been great. We enjoy playing here. It's been a great setup for all the players as well. I just hope we can keep this going past tomorrow. "Yeah, I'm not going to lie, it's been so many exciting games to watch and tonight will be very special. You look at the history between these two teams, you look at how Canada has been playing in this tournament, maybe the last three or four big tournaments, they've been really good. Everybody has respect for that team, but teams also know if you can find your best level and play a perfect game they're not unbeatable. It's going to be exciting to see what Russia can do. It's going to be a fast game."

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Ralph Krueger: We didn't have to do a lot of extra team building -- it just happened.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger should be a head coach again in the NHL. Just a tremendous hockey mind.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Henrik Sedin on Europe: "They have a really good team over there, a lot of experience throughout. They're an NHL team which is different than playing Team Russia and Team Finland."

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist understands the challenge the team faces vs. Team Europe in semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey. Europe defeated Sweden 6-2 in the final preseason game and Lundqvist allowed five goals on 22 shots.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Victor Hedman says there's no risk overlooking Team Europe because Sweden is competing in semifinals of one of the biggest tournaments of his life.

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Christine Newby ESPN 

Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes during Sweden's practice on Saturday. Sweden faces Europe in the semifinals on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Line of the morning courtesy of Russian captain Alexander Ovechkin who sarcastically responded to a question about his team's mood before facing Canada. "It's scary. Everybody's scared right now man."

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Russian center Evgeny Kuznetsov talks about countryman Pavel Datsyuk whose status for Saturday's World Cup of Hockey semifinal against Canada will not be known until game time.

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