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World Cup exhibition games get underway
There may not be NHL hockey this fall, but hockey fans will definitely see some high caliber hockey at the World Cup this September. Even as many Russian players are skipping this tournament, the Canadian and American teams will be amongst the favourites. The two squads are also playing three exhibition games as a warm up for the big tournament.
They played the first game on Aug 23rd in Columbus, Ohio. The United States came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Team Canada 3-1. Dany Heatley gave Canada a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when he banged in a rebound for a power play goal. Brian Rolston and Bill Guerin replied for the American squad in the second period, and Calgary Flames defenseman Jordan Leopold added an insurance marker in the third to give them the victory. The teams will meet in two more exhibition games to be played in Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. Amongst the notables sitting out for Team Canada included Mario Lemieux and his prospective linemates, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Canada certainly bounced back...taking game two from the Americans in Ottawa. Theodore looked pretty good.