Analysis

Chicago Blackhawks’ Early World Cup Experiences Mixed

By Gail Kauchak
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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Team Canada vs. Team Czech Republic

While the first game was a bit of an upset, the second game went pretty much as expected.  Canada dominated, winning by a score of 6-0.

Six different players lit the lamp, with the fifth goal coming from Jonathan Toews.  Oh, and guess who got the primary assist?  Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks!  Um, aren’t we supposed to hate him?!  Yet our ’Hawks’ captain was sharing a hug with him.  Oh well, at least it wasn’t Corey Perry.

The long and the short of it is that this team is stacked.  So stacked that Blackhawk netminder Corey Crawford was the backup to Carey Price.  After this game, Canada is definitely the favorite to win this tournament.

The Czech Republic never really stood a chance.  Poor Michal Neuvirth made 44 saves on 50 shots.  Usually when you make 44 saves, that’s a good thing.

Future Chicago Blackhawk Michal Kempny suited up for the Czech Republic.  As a matter of fact, he had 19:25 minutes of ice time, which was second on the team for defensemen (including 4:42 on the powerplay).  The Czechs certainly are relying on him, although I’m not sure how much this means on a “not-so-good team.”  Hopefully it bodes well for the ’Hawks.

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