World Cup of Hockey: Sweden beats Finland, 2-0

Los Angeles Times

The old Henrik Lundqvist was back in net for Sweden. The 34-year-old Lundqvist made 36 saves to help Sweden beat Finland 2-0 in the World Cup of Hockey on Tuesday. "We were confident with him coming in today, even after Jacob (Markstrom) played such a good game like he did (on Sunday)," Swedish captain Henrik Sedin said. "Being around Henrik for a few weeks now, we knew he was going to come in and have a great game." Anton Stralman and Loui Eriksson scored as the Swedes (2-0-0) got a firm grip on the top spot in Group B. Finland (0-2-0) is facing long odds for advancing to the semifinals.

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With the World Cup, ESPN and a pair of familiar faces return, briefly, to hockey

Los Angeles Times

A Taylor Swift song blasted through the the Air Canada Centre last Saturday as players taking part in the World Cup of Hockey weaved pre-game figure-eights on the ice. They peppered their respective goalies with shots, skaters in familiar American red-white-and-blue on one side and the blue-and-black of Team Europe, a ragtag squad of lesser puck kingdoms like Slovenia and Norway, on the other. ESPN broadcaster Steve Levy watched these warmups for the two-week tournament from a booth high above the arena. "I'm so excited I need a seat belt. I could jump right out of this place," he said to no one in particular, as commentator and onetime L.A. Kings coach Barry Melrose -- red of face, yellow of pocket square -- gazed out thoughtfully next to him.

Winter Olympics: Why ice hockey is missing biggest NHL stars

BBC News

Imagine the 2018 World Cup without any Premier League players. Yet the Winter Olympics' men's ice hockey tournament is missing many of its biggest stars because of a row with North America's National Hockey League (NHL) - the sport's most popular competition in the world. How did this happen, and will it affect the Pyeongchang Games? BBC ice hockey commentator Seth Bennett explains. The National Hockey League, which is the top men's league in the world, has refused to allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympic Games.

Canada-Russia semifinal has World Cup players eager to go

Los Angeles Times

Greetings from Toronto, where most of the downtown area seems to be under construction and every corner seems to have a road detour sign. Team Canada was the first World Cup of Hockey semifinalist to practice at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday morning in advance of its match against Russia in the first knockout game of the tournament. Canada will face Russia on Saturday and Sweden will face Team Europe on Sunday. The winners will meet in a best-of-three final starting Tuesday. Game time for Saturday's Canada-Russia game is 4 p.m. Pacific time, and after Canada's morning skate Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was counting the hours until the puck would be dropped.