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The Morning After the Night Before: 19 September 2016

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Recapping the World Cup of Hockey so far, looking at the Young Stars tournament, and the rest of the news from across the NHL...

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It's been so long since we've had real hockey to discuss. Now it's back, and I already can't keep up with all the stories, narratives, prospect reviews and general hockey furore that is going around. Let's take a look at what's been happening around the hockey world this weekend:

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WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY

- The World Cup of Hockey saw the first round of preliminary stage games take place with wins for Teams Canada, North America, Sweden and Europe. Here are the standings. [NHL]

- Team Europe gave us the first goal of the tournament, from Marian Gaborik, and also the first win as they saw off Team USA 3-0 in a huge upset. Jannik Hansen set up Pierre-Edouard Bellemare for the last goal, although Luca Sbisa did not play. If you want to believe that's why Team Europe won, I'm not going to dissuade you. [NHL]

- Team Canada then swept past Team Czech Republic, 6-0, with a first-star performance from Sidney Crosby. As a semi-Canadian, it makes me happy to see Sid finally scoring properly on the international stage. Although having Marchand and Bergeron as his wingers made his job much easier. [NHL]

- Then it was Team Sweden's turn, beating Team Russia in a narrow 2-1 win that saw a surprise start for the Canucks' Jacob Markstrom. Captain Henrik Sedin picked up a secondary helper on the GWG. And look at that Russia goal: scored by Alexander Ovechkin, assisted by Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk. Do goals come any more stellar than that? [NHL]

- Finally, Team North America did what everyone suspected they would: skate rings around their older opponents. A 4-1 win, with scoring up and down the line-up, gives the team a real shot at progressing. They look real good. [NHL]

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YOUNG STATS / CANUCKS NEWS

- Our very own gmonk33 is bringing you daily coverage from the Young Stars tournament - his latest write up covers last night's 3-2 victory over the Jets. [Nucks Misconduct]

- More excitement after Troy Stecher's performances so far: here is Botch telling us how much we're going to love Stecher in a Canucks jersey. I say waive Pedan, waive Larsen, waive Biega, get this kid in. [Province]

- Read Stecher's blog post after the game. The guy just wants to win, and he wants to prove everyone wrong. Size does matter in the NHL - if you don't have it, it makes you work harder. [Canucks]

- Bo Horvat talking like a guy who won't be content until his face off % is above 90%. We have ourselves a gamer here folks. [Province]

- LEAGUE BIAS ALERT: Latest NHL.com fantasy ranking list, latest Canucks snub. So if you want a "Dark Horse" candidate for next season, just ignore Brandon Sutter's return from injury and pick up Nick Bonino. It's what the league wants you to do. And if Bonino is gone, on the reserve list is none other than Radim Vrbata, the $5m man. I'd rather select Brett Hull thanks. [NHL]

- I never tire of reading about how great the Sedins are. Here is a very respectable piece from Bruce Arthur. [Toronto Star]

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REST OF THE LEAGUE

- From our SB Nation cousins at Matchsticks & Gasoline, a story on the Flames being tagged for bonus overages this season. Seems it's not just the Canucks whose management team isn't slick at the clever side of the business. [Matchsticks & Gasoline]

- Tyler Seguin actually has a hairline fracture of his heel. I now feel bad for accusing him of faking injury. A small part of me still believes we'll see him on opening night though. [Hockey Writers]

- Shawn Horcoff retired, and joined the Detroit Red Wings as Head of Player Development. I wish him an enjoyable next step in his career. [Edmonton Journal]

- The Vegas Knights have their foot in the door, but the owners (and potentially GM) can't attend NHL meetings until the last payment is made on the $500m entry fee. Which isn't until April. Not particularly inclusive is it, Mr Bettman? [Review Journal]

- 140 WHL players are attending camp this month. That's really fantastic. [WHL]

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Question of the day: Can Team USA dig itself out of this very difficult hole and progress to the semi-finals?