Vintage Flame
December 31 2011 01:44PM

Well it’s the game we’ve all been waiting for, the showdown for top spot in Group B and the bye in the medal round. Or at least it was supposed to be. Canada held up their part of the rivalry agreement, but apparently someone forgot to deliver the memo to the U.S.

Instead, the New Years Eve game will mean nothing to the Canadians and has the makings of about as much excitement as Canada’s previous three games. That’s right; instead of the mighty obstacle the U.S. was pegged to be from the start, they are now nothing more than a stepping stone. Game time is 8:00 pm EST / 6:00 MST

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The Good, The Bad And The Commentators

Marda Miller
December 30 2011 04:37PM

This is a weekly feature that will highlight The Good, The Bad and The *fill in the blank* exciting things that are currently happening in the NHL. Did another coach get fired/re-hired? Was Jonathan Toews caught not being serious? Will someone start a petition for HBO to feature the The Canucks and Blackhawks on 24/7? It’s hockey, a sport that is almost as enormous as the Universe.

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Cheers and Jeers - Dec 30

Cam Davie
December 30 2011 01:04PM

The Good and the Bad of this past week.

It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.

This week, I snub ESPN, shove Ott, while I give a stick-tap to the Piano Desk and a couple of exuberant WJC players.

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The WJHC: Caught in a bad Romance

John Cullen
December 30 2011 10:53AM

I love Christmas. It’s always been a big thing in my household, down from family traditions on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to going WAY overboard on gifts, to trying to cram as much turkey and dessert into myself as possible over 3-5 days. When you grow up in a household that places such a value on Christmas, once the holiday is over, there’s an inevitable letdown.

Luckily for me, I’ve always had the World Junior Hockey Championships to fall back on. My grandma, who is likely the biggest hockey fan you could ever meet(definitely the biggest fan who is 4’10” and has white hair) and I carried the Canadian holiday tradition of watching games and screaming at teenagers for years. Waking up early, watching the games, trying to pick out who would be the future stars of the tournament, and enjoying the games made the holiday seem longer, and gave me something to look forward to after Christmas and even after New Year’s.

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Canucks beat Ducks 5-2, Fowl play is suspected...

Cam Charron
December 29 2011 11:44PM

Vancouver waltzed into Anaheim, played one of the worst teams in hockey, and waltzed out rather easily with two points. They got a bit of flashy goaltending and had to compete for eyes with a brilliant Alamo Bowl game which featured about eleventy touchdowns, but overall it was a fine performance. The Sedins capitalized on their chances and they will be talked about in depth tomorrow, but more things happened in this game.

If you follow, click after the jump for the Statistical Three Stars, and Scoring Chance data...

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