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TAMPA, FL - JUNE 02:  Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks during Media Day for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 2, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Shaw suspended three preseason games for boarding Connor Hobbs

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The National Hockey League has suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw for three preseason games for boarding defenseman Connor Hobbs of the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game Tuesday.

The Habs have five more exhibition games remaining before the regular season begins Oct. 13.

Shaw was given a major penalty and a game misconduct on the play, as he slammed Hobbs “through the numbers, with speed” from behind into the end glass, as per Thursday’s video from the NHL outlining the suspension.

From the video: “It is important to note that Hobbs is never eligible to be checked by Shaw on this play. From the moment Shaw arrives at the faceoff dot, he sees nothing but Hobbs’ numbers. Hobbs makes no sudden movement just prior to contact that turns this hit from a legal hit into an illegal one.

“The onus is on Shaw to ensure that he can deliver this hit in a legal fashion, minimize the force, or avoid this hit completely. Instead, he hits forcefully through Hobbs from behind, driving him dangerously into the glass.”

In a bid to land a gritty forward to their lineup, the Habs acquired Shaw from the Blackhawks, who had been dealing with a cap crunch, during the NHL Draft. He later signed a six-year contract extension with Montreal.

Despite another concussion, Clarke MacArthur doesn’t plan on retiring

OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 26:  Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators looks on prior to a face-off in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 26, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Ottawa Senators by defeating them 2-0 and move to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Clarke MacArthur suffered yet another concussion after being hit by Patrick Sieloff during a scrimmage over the weekend, but the veteran Ottawa Senators forward doesn’t plan on retiring.

Last season, the 31-year-old MacArthur played in only four games for the Senators due to concussions. According to the Ottawa Sun, he suffered four concussions in an 18th-month span.

Despite this latest concussion, MacArthur is still, at least publicly, planning to work toward a return to game action, saying in a post on Instagram that he was “encouraged” by how his body has reacted following this most recent incident.

“First off, I want to thank the team and its fans for all the support after the unfortunate incident on Sunday. To me, it was simply a hockey play that ended in a hit causing me to suffer a concussion, a play that could happen at any point,” MacArthur wrote on his social media page.

“We have been encouraged by how my body had reacted in the days since the injury and the team has been great to give me all the time I need to rest and recover. I will continue to consult with doctors and my entire support group, but I felt it important to let everyone know that my intentions are to work towards returning to the ice soon.”

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Senators focus on MacArthur’s safety

Poll: Which team — North America or Russia — do you want to see play Team Canada in the semifinals?

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 21: Logan Couture #39 of Team Canada is congratulated on his third period goal by Jonathan Toews #16 and Drew Doughty #8 and Marc-Edouard Vlasic #44 against Team Europe during the World Cup of Hockey tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 21, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Later today, Team Canada will find out which team it will face in its World Cup of Hockey semifinal.

After defeating Team Europe to clinch top spot in Group A, Canada will either face the young stars from Team North America, or a familiar rival in Team Russia.

Due to the head-to-head tiebreaker, if Russia beats Finland in today’s round robin game (puck drop is 3 p.m. ET), Canada will face the Russians. But a Russian loss of any kind would result in Canada facing TNA for the right to advance to the best-of-three final.

Both possible matchups are intriguing because of the star power involved and both could present Canada with a challenge in a one-game, winner-take-all environment.

Both Team North America and Team Europe have been called gimmicks as additions to this World Cup.

But now an argument could be made that both teams have provided something new and exciting to the competition. Team Europe, which includes players representing eight different countries outside of Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic, is off to the semifinal round versus Sweden after initially looking out of place and behind the pace in the pre-tournament games.

Team North America, boasting a youthful and highly skilled lineup, has provided a number of thrills in this tournament. That captivating, back-and-forth three-on-three overtime win against Sweden on Wednesday won’t soon be forgotten.

They have taken this event by storm.

“You know what, we were just talking, Dave Tippett has coached probably more games than probably the rest of our staff put together and we have coaches that have been around for a while, but we became fans,” said Team North America coach Todd McLellan.

“I was standing on the bench, ‘no, no, no’ and then, ‘go, go, go.’ It was just going back and forth, the energy in the building and the passion with the fans, the players. I’ve seen a lot of excited players, but that bench was very excited.”

But whether it’s TNA or Russia as the opponent in the semifinal, Team Canada has just one goal.

“I like watching that team because there’s tons of skill,” said Canadian coach Mike Babcock of Team North America. “I like winning more, though. I just want to win.”

Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn dies at age of 59

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former NHL defenseman Richie Dunn died Tuesday at his home in Akron, New York. He was 59.

The Buffalo Sabres confirmed Dunn’s death Wednesday, though the cause of death was not immediately known.

Dunn, from Boston, played 12 NHL seasons with Buffalo, Calgary and Hartford.

He had 36 goals and 140 assists in 483 career games from 1977 to 1989. Dunn broke into the NHL with the Sabres and eventually returned to Buffalo to spend his final four seasons. He retired after playing the 1989-90 season for the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate in Rochester.

He scored a career-best 49 points (seven goals, 42 assists) in 79 games with Buffalo in 1980-81

Dunn was voted the American Hockey League’s top defensive player in 1984-85 while playing for Hartford’s farm team in Binghamton. He was a part of Rochester’s Calder Cup-winning team in 1987.

Dream matchup? Team Canada will play either Russia or Team North America in semifinal

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 21: Jonathan Toews #16 of Team Canada (r) scores a second period goal against Team Europe and is joined by Logan Couture #39 (l) at the World Cup of Hockey tournament at the Air Canada Centre on September 21, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Team Canada will now play the waiting game. Funny, because that’s the same game Team North America is also playing.

Granted, TNA is probably far more anxious about their plight in the World Cup of Hockey. The young guns, who have astounded hockey fans with their youth, their speed, and their skill, can still advance to the semifinal round, but they need Finland to beat Russia.

A Russian win, and TNA is eliminated based on the head-to-head match-up. Faltering in the second period versus Russia could prove costly for the young squad.

Team Canada defeated Team Europe — another surprise contender in this tournament — later Wednesday evening by a final score of 4-1 to clinch top spot in the Group A standings.

Related: Team North America defeats Sweden in thrilling OT, forces Russia into must-win game

The Canadians will play either Russia or TNA in the semifinal round. Both would present a dream matchup.

The Canada-Russia rivalry is something we all know about. It goes back decades, from 1972 to 2010 and beyond. Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin has been the narrative for the past few years. It’s never boring. It’s edge-of-your-seat entertainment and angst.

Team Canada vs. Team North America would present something completely new. The storylines are easy to formulate. Stars like Crosby and Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty that have represented and won for Canada at world junior championships and Olympics versus the emerging stars from both Canada and the U.S. like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews.

And in a one-game, winner-take-all scenario, too. The Canadians have the most depth of any team at this tournament. But both the Russians and Team North America seem capable of pulling off a stunning result in that situation.

The anticipation for either matchup would be immense.

It all depends on what happens between Russia and Finland tomorrow.

The wait will soon be over.