The Maple Leafs’ dynamic ‘Murican duo takes their talents to the international stage starting this morning versus Slovakia. Word has it Joe Pavelski will center the Leafs’ wingers, comprising a line with 84 combined goals in the NHL this season. That’s Team USA’s first line whether they label it that or not.
The game starts at 7:30 a.m. EST on CBC.
Your rosters for this Group A matchup presented by 888sport:
Goalies: Jimmy Howard, Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick
Defensemen: John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Suter
Forwards: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk, Blake Wheeler
Goalies: Peter Budaj, Jaroslav Halak, Jan Laco
Defensemen: Ivan Baranka, Dominik Granak, Zdeno Chara, Martin Marincin, Andrej Meszaros, Andrej Sekera, Michal Sersen, Lubomir Visnovsky (injured, will not play)
Forwards: Milan Bartovic, Marian Gaborik (injured, will not play), Branko Radivojevic, Michal Handzus, Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa, Tomas Jurco, Tomas Kopecky, Tomas Marcinko, Michel Miklik, Peter Ölvecky, Richard Panik, Tomas Surovy, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Zaborsky
Even the Olympics can't slow the scorching Phil Kessel. "The game I think is coming to him really easy right now." http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/blogs/jonas_siegel/?id=443781 …
Canada wins gold or USA wins on the back of Phil Kessel and Pavelski and Justin Faulk demand to play with the Leafs only because of how awesome Kessel is. Which do you choose?
Don't know if anyone caught this but this is a weird one:
Evgeni Pleshenko has withdrawn from short program.......too late for Russians to replace him
GO CHAN GO!!!
KESSEL Phil (USA) 2 minutes penalty for slashing.
Kessel bringing the Leaf truculence to the Olympics
Geez.....i want Phil and JVR to do well.....but i also want them out early so they come back to rest for the stretch run!!
some amazing quotes from JVR in there, thanks for posting
@Bruffins Canada wins gold. Ph9>Faulk.
@Bruffins The scenario where the leafs win the cup
@peterbleafs It's not every day a leaf player becomes a god.
@peterbleafs Now now...don't make things up.
@peterbleafs Not in Toronto. Certainly not on MLHS.
@rustynail I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the Canadiens are back in Montreal. Odd, but a Canadian ought to be able to spell Canadian.
@rustynail That's really on the doctors and players themselves. Owners should be allowed to put clauses into contracts making them null and void if the player sustains an injury that isn't related to the NHL season. I get that it's a great honour to represent your countries but at the end of the day these athletes are paid very well to play in the NHL and they should respect that first and foremost.
@ShotgunCharlie Kessel was First star of the game......both looked great
don't know if he will last the whole tournament without Orr and McClaren there for his protection
@Murph2417 Praise be to The Phil. May he keep you and bless you. May his love wrap around you. May your day be a snap shot of his enduring grace. Amen.
@Bruffins You really think Faulk and Pavelski will make us cup contenders?