Team USA blasts Kazakhstan 10-0

team usa.jpgTeam USA finally scored some goals after some serious offensive impotency through its previous games. They shellacked Kazakhstan 10-0 this afternoon in their first game in the regulation round. PHT’s Joe Yerdon did a nice job of explaining USA Hockey’s predicament for the Hockey Worlds blog.

While being sent to the relegation round is embarrassing enough, as long as the Americans can avoid finishing third or fourth in the relegation round they’ll be all right. Doing that means they’ll get to stay in the IIHF top division with their more common opponents like Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada. If they should continue to play poorly, however, and finish third or fourth they would be sent down to Division I and would have to win their way back up to the top division.

Matt Gilroy scored a hat trick and Brandon Dubinsky piled up one goal and four assists for the U.S. in a nice showing for two young New York Rangers. The US scored early and often in the game, with T.J. Oshie starting things off only 55 seconds into the contest followed 18 seconds later by Kyle Okposo. The team ended the first period with a 4-0 lead before piling on five more in the second and then one in the final frame.

Sure, they’re really just playing for pride at this point and scoring 10 goals on Kazakhstan is like dominating Madden on its rookie difficulty, but the US will take what they can get in what’s been a tough tournament.

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    Video: Pekka Rinne’s zero-margin-of-error stick save

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    Sometimes, the Nashville Predators were unlucky in November. Sometimes they were just bad.

    Either way, they’re likely glad to step into December, and they’ve already gotten a big bounce. Watch how close this near-goal was into crossing the red line before Pekka Rinne barely stopped it with a well-placed goalie stick.

    You can also see it up close via this GIF:

    Here’s the NHL Situation Room Blog explanation for it remaining a no-goal:

    At 13:06 of the first period in the Coyotes/Predators game, the Situation Room initiated a video review to further examine a play from 11:57. Video review confirmed the call on the ice that the puck did not cross the Nashville goal line. No goal Coyotes.

    Alexei Emelin was ejected for this hit on Matt Calvert

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    Alexei Emelin has been in and out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup, but this wasn’t the way they wanted him to keep his legs fresh.

    The hard-hitting defenseman received a game misconduct and five-minute major penalty for a late hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on Tuesday.

    So far, it sounds like Calvert may be OK.

    You can see video of that hit above, as well as a GIF of the infraction via My Regular Face.

    Many believe that Emelin should not have been ejected.

    Injuries continue to dog Lupul as Leafs place him on IR

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    Injuries have been a regular problem for Joffrey Lupul for much of his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it doesn’t look like that’s changing in 2015-16.

    The team placed him on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 28, calling up Rich Clune in the process.

    This IR stint means that Lupul will miss at least three games for Toronto.

    From the sound of things, it’s a nagging issue, as notes.

    “He’s been having the same problem here for a bit,” Mike Babcock told media members on Sunday. “He doesn’t seem to be getting the power back that they thought, so we’re just trying to monitor it the best we can.”

    Leafs Nation points out that Lupul has missed about one-third of Toronto’s contests since suffering a separated shoulder in April 2012.

    At 32, there’s still time for Lupul to fight through this, although injuries generally accumulate with age.

    WATCH LIVE: Wild at Blackhawks; Penguins at Sharks

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    Will Ryan Suter say something foolish during tonight’s game? Is Brent Burns‘ beard so long that it’s finally starting to scrape the ice?

    We’ll find out the answer to those questions and more during Tuesday’s NBCSN doubleheader.

    Need to follow the two games online? Never fear.

    Game 1: Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks


    Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins at San Jose Sharks