The Hockey News - - The First Word -

As it turned out, the World Cup of Hockey was a lot of fun. Pricey? Sure. But Team North Amer­ica – the squad made up of Cana­di­ans and Amer­i­cans aged 23 and un­der – was al­ways worth face value. Head­ing into a must-win game against Swe­den, the kids from ‘TNA’ showed up with speed and gave the Tre Kronor all they could han­dle. The game went into over­time and, in a stun­ning series of events, the puck squirted out front to Avs star MacK­in­non, who out­waited goalie Hen­rik Lundqvist with a series of dekes be­fore bury­ing the puck top-shelf with a back­hand. Team North Amer­ica went nuts, as­sum­ing the goal had put them through to the play­off round. Alas, they still needed Fin­land to beat Rus­sia, and that did not hap­pen. In­stead, we ended up with an anti-cli­mac­tic fi­nal in­volv­ing Team Europe and the in­evitable champs from Canada.

MacK­in­non, Con­nor McDavid, Aus­ton Matthews and Matt Mur­ray will never all play to­gether on the same team again, but we’ll al­ways have the high-paced, de­fen­sively lax Team North Amer­ica in our hearts thanks to that goal.

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