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World Cup diary: Matt Duchene

Forward says Team Canada has to be a lot better to win Game 2 and wrap up series

by Matt Duchene / Special to NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is playing for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 25-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament in Toronto, which runs through Oct. 1.

In his latest installment, Duchene talks about what Team Canada needs to correct from its 3-1 win in Game 1 of the final against Team Europe in order to end the series in Game 2 on Thursday.

TORONTO -- Game 1 of the final wasn't our best effort, that's for sure.

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World Cup diary: Matt Duchene

Team Canada forward escapes from hockey to watch Blue Jays before best-of-3 final

by Matt Duchene / Special to NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is playing for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 25-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament in Toronto, which runs through Oct. 1.

In his latest installment, Duchene talks about Team Canada reaching the final against Team Europe and a nice afternoon watching the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre with his teammates.

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World Cup diary: Leon Draisaitl

Team Europe forward thrilled to prove people wrong, play in final

by Leon Draisaitl / Special to NHL.com

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl is playing for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 20-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which runs through Oct. 1.

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World Cup diary: Matt Duchene

Team Canada forward discusses excitement of playing Team Russia in semifinals

by Matt Duchene / Special to NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is playing for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 25-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament in Toronto, which runs through Oct. 1. In his latest installment, Duchene talks about Team Canada's opponent in the semifinal Saturday, Team Russia, and how fortunate he feels to play Canada's two biggest rivals in the same tournament.

When you're a kid and you dream about playing for Team Canada, putting on that jersey and lining up along the blue line, you picture looking across the ice at either the United States or Russia. That's just what it is.

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World Cup diary: Gabriel Landeskog

Team Sweden forward on hotel life, looking ahead to Team Europe in World Cup semifinals

by Gabriel Landeskog / Special to NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog is playing for Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 23-year-old Avalanche captain has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which started in Toronto on Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 1.

In this installment, Landeskog talks about life in a hotel, missing Avalanche training camp, Team Sweden's semifinal game against Team Europe and its crazy game against Team North America:

TORONTO -- It's been 22 sleeps in a hotel bed, from Gothenburg to Helsinki to Washington to Toronto. Twenty-two nights and I haven't unpacked one time. I'm still living out of my suitcase. The dressers in my hotel room remain empty.

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World Cup diary: Aleksander Barkov

Team Finland forward takes positives out of World Cup experience following elimination

by Aleksander Barkov / Special to NHL.com

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov played for Team Finland at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 21-year-old agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which ended for Team Finland on Thursday with a 3-0 loss to Team Russia in Group B.

In his final installment, Barkov talks about Team Finland's struggles to score, the future of the Finnish national program and what is next for him now that Team Finland has been eliminated. 

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World Cup diary: Aleksander Barkov

Team Finland center discusses tournament format, showdown against Team Russia

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

Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov is playing for Team Finland at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 21-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which began in Toronto on Saturday and runs through Oct. 1.

In his latest installment, Barkov talks about the game against Team Russia on Thursday, especially going against several of his idols, including Pavel Datsyuk, and what he has learned through two games of group play.

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World Cup diary: Vladimir Tarasenko

Team Russia forward has eyes on semifinals, enjoying experience with family

by Vladimir Tarasenko / Special to NHL.com

St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko is playing for Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 24-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which runs through Oct. 1.

In his latest installment, Tarasenko talks about Team Russia being in another must-win situation and his 71-year-old grandfather making his first trip to North America to see him play in the World Cup.

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World Cup diary: Jakub Voracek

Team Czech Republic forward talks about not advancing to semifinals, importance of winning next game

by Jakub Voracek / Special to NHL.com

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek is playing for Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 27-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which started in Toronto on Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 1.

In this installment, Voracek talks about Team Czech Republic's loss to Team Europe in the second preliminary-round game and about seeking motivation before the last preliminary-round game against Team USA on Thursday.

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World Cup diary: Leon Draisaitl

Team Europe forward looks ahead to playing Team Canada, semifinals

by Leon Draisaitl / Special to NHL.com

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl is playing for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The 20-year-old has agreed to keep a diary throughout the tournament, which runs through Oct. 1.

In his latest installment, Draisaitl talks about the exciting hours that followed his overtime goal against Team Czech Republic on Monday, and how Team Europe is looking at the hours and days ahead.

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