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Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links- Not The Optimal Start

By Keith Schultz
Sep 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Team USA forward Patrick Kane (88) against Team Canada during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Nationwide Arena. Team USA won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Team USA forward Patrick Kane (88) against Team Canada during a World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game at Nationwide Arena. Team USA won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Good Morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! Team USA started it’s World Cup of hockey on Saturday, and well they didn’t get off to the best start losing 3-0 to Team Europe. 

Of course, I turned on the opening game of the World Cup of Hockey when I got home from my sons baseball game just to see Patrick Kane back on the ice once again.

Team USA didn’t look to inspiring the little bit that I watched, with them giving up a 2 on 1 goal late in the first period which put Team Europe in full Barry Trotz defensive shut down mode.

Then something that happens at least once a game in Chicago happened on the ice in Toronto for Team USA in the second period, when Patrick Kane tried to take over a shift dancing around with the puck and circling the entire offensive end of the ice.

The problem was the puck got poke checked away and Team Europe was on the other end of the ice putting the puck behind Jonathan Quick for a 2-0 lead and the game was basically over.

This is a very short tournament so Team USA cannot afford any more hiccups or it will not get into the medal round games this go around.

On the other hand Team Canada cruised to a 6-0 win on Saturday night.

Jonathan Toews

scored a powerplay goal in the process on a pretty play.

The tournament after one game seems like it’s Team Canada’s to lose with their stacked roster with nothing but stars on each line.  It will take a huge effort for Team USA to make the medal round, and a huge effort by anyone to not let Canada win this thing in a cake walk.

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Listen to Ryan Hartman and seizing the opportunities in front of him this season without Andrew Shaw on the roster (CSN)

See what our friends in Minnesota think will happen with the Chicago Blackhawks this upcoming season (Gone Puck Wild)

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