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Igor Larionov hopes Team North America play spreads

Hockey Hall of Fame member likes creativity from 23 or younger team at World Cup

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Watching the World Cup of Hockey 2016 the past two weeks has reminded Igor Larionov of the game he loved playing.

He's enjoyed how Team Europe has surprised almost everyone by reaching the best-of-3 final against Team Canada, which begins at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports). And in the 23 or younger players from Team North America, Larionov saw a creativity and aggressiveness he would like to see more of.

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Team North America eliminated from World Cup

Coaches didn't tell players regulation victory Wednesday would have guaranteed trip to semifinals

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Would it have made a difference? We'll never know.

The fact is that when Nathan MacKinnon scored his scintillating, skillful, how'd-he-do-it overtime goal to win the final game of the preliminary round for Team North America against Team Sweden on Wednesday, he celebrated -- the team celebrated -- like they had clinched a spot in the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

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World Cup Game Recap

Team North America defeats Team Sweden in overtime

Swedes advance to semifinals; North Americans need loss by Team Russia

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- Team North America inched closer to the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a 4-3 overtime win against Team Sweden in the last preliminary round game for each team at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

Team Sweden won Group B and advanced into the semifinals because of the one point it earned with the overtime loss. It will play Team Europe, which finished second in Group A after losing to Team Canada 4-1 on Wednesday.

The other semifinal berth from Group B will go to Team North America or Team Russia.

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Team North America pulling for Team Finland

Win against Team Russia on Thursday would put 23-and-under roster in semifinals

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

TORONTO -- Team Finland will have a bandwagon full of fans for its final game of the World Cup of Hockey 2016, even if those supporters are wearing black and orange instead of the traditional national team colors of blue and white.

Every fan of Team North America, which wears the black-and-orange uniforms in this tournament, will be a fan of Team Finland on Thursday, when Team North America will need Team Finland's help to advance to the semifinals out of Group B.

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Team North America gives USA Hockey hope

Future looks bright after performances at World Cup

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- The hope for USA Hockey has been on display in the World Cup of Hockey 2016. It has just been wearing gray, black and orange instead of red, white and blue.

With a roster of players 23 or younger from Canada and the United States, Team North America has been everything Team USA has not -- fun, fast, skilled and successful -- and the Americans have contributed right alongside the Canadians.

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Team North America has been as advertised

Young roster delivers at World Cup, deserves to advance

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The swell of noise ricocheted around the arena, the ooohs and aaahs timed to the dash of the skates and zip of the puck, as everyone lived and died by the minute, by the chance. The heart leapt, the skin developed goosebumps.

This was hockey, at some of its most brilliant, most entertaining, most delightful, brought to the inhabitants of Air Canada Centre by the young legs of the young guns and by the steady genius of Team Sweden.

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End-to-end action at Air Canada Centre

Fans biggest winners in entertaining game between Team North America, Team Sweden

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- If you had paid $1,000 for your ticket into Air Canada Centre on Wednesday afternoon, you'd have got a bargain.

It wasn't a hockey game played between Team North America and Team Sweden in their World Cup of Hockey 2016 matinee. It was the Cirque du Soleil. It was the best rock concert you'd ever attended. It was a demolition derby and a Formula One race. It was "Star Wars" before the movie became a brand.

It was all of those things, and more, wrapped into one glorious, entertaining spectacle.

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3 Stars of the Game

3 Stars: Team North America vs. Team Sweden

Johnny Gaudreau, Henrik Lundqvist, Nathan MacKinnon honored

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NAT@SWE: 3 Stars of the Game

North America vs. Sweden: 3 Stars of the Game

Nathan MacKinnon, Henrik Lundqvist and Johnny Gaudreau are your 3 Stars of the Game in Team North America's overtime win against Team Sweden

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TORONTO -- Team North America defeated Team Sweden 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday in the final World Cup of Hockey 2016 preliminary game for each team.

Team Sweden (2-0-1) won Group B and will advance to the semifinal; Team North America (2-1-0) will reach the semifinal if Team Russia is defeated by Team Finland on Thursday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports). 

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World Cup Game Preview

Team Sweden aims to clinch semifinal berth

Can advance with one point against Team North America on Wednesday

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TEAM NORTH AMERICA vs. TEAM SWEDEN

Air Canada Centre, Toronto

Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET (ESPN, SN, TVA Sports)

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Goalie John Gibson to start for Team North America

Matt Murray unavailable for World Cup preliminary-round finale vs. Team Sweden because of thumb injury

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Goaltender John Gibson will start for Team North America in place of Matt Murray against Team Sweden on Wednesday in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 preliminary-round game at Air Canada Centre (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports).

Murray, pulled after giving up four goals on four consecutive shots in the second period against Team Russia on Monday, is out with a thumb injury sustained midway through that second period. 

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