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Finland still mum on starting goalie for World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO (AP) — Finland coach Lauri Marjamaki still won't name his starting goaltender for the first game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators appears to be the front-runner to start Sunday against Team North America based on exhibition action, yet Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins isn't a offensive second option.

Rinne says he's preparing to play Sunday yet that the coaching staff hasn't told him the plan. He started Finland's final exhibition game Tuesday against the United States & stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

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Finland still mum on starting goalie for World Cup of Hockey

TORONTO (AP) — Finland coach Lauri Marjamaki still won't name his starting goaltender for the first game of the World Cup of Hockey.

Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators appears to be the front-runner to start Sunday against Team North America based on exhibition action, yet Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins isn't a offensive second option.

Rinne says he's preparing to play Sunday yet that the coaching staff hasn't told him the plan. He started Finland's final exhibition game Tuesday against the United States & stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.

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World Cup of Hockey goaltending pictures coming into focus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Quick's sublime play in a Team USA jersey outweighed some recent struggles with the Los Angeles Kings as coach John Tortorella named him the starting goaltender going into the World Cup of Hockey.

Tortorella called his choice of Quick over Ben Bishop & Cory Schneider ''a very tough decision,'' yet it's not the most difficult facing some of the other eight teams in the World Cup. Goalie situations are finally coming into clear focus with the tournament beginning Saturday, & some decisions are easier than others.

Carey Price is a no-brainer for Canada & Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden. Matt Murray should be the man for Team North America, & coach Ralph Krueger confirmed Jaroslav Halak will start for Team Europe in its opener against the United States on Saturday.

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World Cup of Hockey goaltending pictures coming into focus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Quick's sublime play in a Team USA jersey outweighed some recent struggles with the Los Angeles Kings as coach John Tortorella named him the starting goaltender going into the World Cup of Hockey.

Tortorella called his choice of Quick over Ben Bishop & Cory Schneider ''a very tough decision,'' yet it's not the most difficult facing some of the other eight teams in the World Cup. Goalie situations are finally coming into clear focus with the tournament beginning Saturday, & some decisions are easier than others.

Carey Price is a no-brainer for Canada & Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden. Matt Murray should be the man for Team North America, & coach Ralph Krueger confirmed Jaroslav Halak will start for Team Europe in its opener against the United States on Saturday.

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World Cup of Hockey goaltending pictures coming into focus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonathan Quick's sublime play in a Team USA jersey outweighed some recent struggles with the Los Angeles Kings as coach John Tortorella named him the starting goaltender going into the World Cup of Hockey.

Tortorella called his choice of Quick over Ben Bishop & Cory Schneider ''a very tough decision,'' yet it's not the most difficult facing some of the other eight teams in the World Cup. Goalie situations are finally coming into clear focus with the tournament beginning Saturday, & some decisions are easier than others.

Carey Price is a no-brainer for Canada & Henrik Lundqvist for Sweden. Matt Murray should be the man for Team North America, & coach Ralph Krueger confirmed Jaroslav Halak will start for Team Europe in its opener against the United States on Saturday.

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US holds on to beat Finland in final World Cup exhibition

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Tortorella sensed his players were tired of practicing & getting coached & were ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

They played like it, too.

The United States beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday night in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup begins this weekend in Toronto. Goaltender Jonathan Quick played well enough to earn the starting job for the first game of the tournament, & despite some late trouble the Americans looked prepared for the real thing.

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US holds on to beat Finland in final World Cup exhibition

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Tortorella sensed his players were tired of practicing & getting coached & were ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

They played like it, too.

The United States beat Finland 3-2 on Tuesday night in each team's final exhibition game before the World Cup begins this weekend in Toronto. Goaltender Jonathan Quick played well enough to earn the starting job for the first game of the tournament, & despite some late trouble the Americans looked prepared for the real thing.

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North America beats Europe 7-4 in World Cup exhibition

MONTREAL (AP) — Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau & Dylan Larkin each scored twice to assist North America beat Europe 7-4 on Sunday night in the second of three exhibition games for both sides leading into the World Cup of Hockey.

Morgan Rielly moreover scored, & John Gibson made 29 saves for the team made up of Canadian & U.S players 23 or under as of Oct. 1. North America led 5-1 after the first period.

''We were making plays, we were fast,'' coach Todd McLellan said. ''But the game tightened up & we didn't do a satisfactory job of adjusting. The whole night turned into making nice plays. They forgot approximately the grit game & the defending. These young players want to have pleasant & play that way, yet if we donate up four goals a night, we're not going to have success. We received cute. We received fancy. We have to play a better, solid team game.''

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North America beats Europe 7-4 in World Cup exhibition

MONTREAL (AP) — Aaron Ekblad, Johnny Gaudreau & Dylan Larkin each scored twice to assist North America beat Europe 7-4 on Sunday night in the second of three exhibition games for both sides leading into the World Cup of Hockey.

Morgan Rielly moreover scored, & John Gibson made 29 saves for the team made up of Canadian & U.S players 23 or under as of Oct. 1. North America led 5-1 after the first period.

''We were making plays, we were fast,'' coach Todd McLellan said. ''But the game tightened up & we didn't do a satisfactory job of adjusting. The whole night turned into making nice plays. They forgot approximately the grit game & the defending. These young players want to have pleasant & play that way, yet if we donate up four goals a night, we're not going to have success. We received cute. We received fancy. We have to play a better, solid team game.''

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