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Patrick Kane, Team USA eliminated from World Cup of Hockey with loss to Canada

Patrick Kane, Team USA eliminated from World Cup of Hockey with loss to Canada

TORONTO – An emotional Patrick Kane sat in front of the media following Tuesday night’s game, summarizing Team USA’s potential – and failures.

“In 2010 we were close, felt like we were on the rise, 2014 great round robin, great quarterfinal game, lose by one goal, play the next day on a back to back and come up with a 5-0 loss. Tough to lose that one. Then two games here and you’re done. It’s just amazing. It’s crazy the way hockey is,” he said. “It’s definitely frustrating, being an American, having these opportunities and having nothing to show for it.”

Indeed, it’s another international tournament in which Team USA was aiming for the top, and another international tournament in which it fell frustratingly short.

Matt Duchene scored twice and Patrice Bergeron would add another as Team Canada beat Team USA 4-1 on Tuesday night. With that, Team USA is eliminated from the semifinal round and its Thursday game against the Czech Republic (also eliminated) is just a formality.

It looked promising for Team USA early, with Ryan McDonagh’s rebound giving it a 1-0 lead just 4:22 into the game. But that’s the only time Team USA led, and it wasn’t even for two minutes.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s shot caromed off the back boards and right to Duchene, who backhanded it past Jonathan Quick to make it 1-1 at 5:51. Just 14 seconds later Corey Perry deflected the puck off his body and past Quick for a 2-1 Team Canada lead. Duchene added his second of the night 12 minutes into the first.

“I think there’s some self-inflicted wounds there,” USA coach John Tortorella said. “Going into tonight’s game, I think it was very important that if they were going to get something, they had to earn it. I thought we had a good start, but we gave them a couple of freebies there and you just can’t do that. They surged and we were trying to catch up most of the rest of the game.”

Team USA would flirt with production late in the third period, hitting at least three posts. Carey Price also made a big stop on a Kane shot with about 30 seconds to go. Kane took some of the blame for the team’s lack of production but there was plenty to go around.

“I mean, you want to show up for your country and produce. I had some chances in both games to get on the board. It just didn’t happen,” he said. “Obviously I didn’t do my job this tournament, help produce offense and help create goals for the team. Hopefully next game we play with some pride.”

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Sure, you can say Team USA could’ve or should’ve invited this player or that player. Tortorella said he wouldn’t have changed the makeup of the team. Joe Pavelski said, “we had this team here, we believed in each other and we didn’t get the job done.”

Different choices probably bring it closer. Different choices likely make the team more competitive. But right now, this incredibly deep Canada team still has the edge.

Team USA came into this tournament with high hopes. Last week, Kane said, “it’s time right now to get the job done. Who knows how many opportunities there will be for a lot of us in the future to play for Team USA.” But once again, the Americans leave a tournament empty-handed.

“These are opportunities and tournaments you want to take advantage of and don’t want to let slip away,” Kane said. “It’s tough for sure.”

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

He’s back.

Corey Crawford was officially activated from injured reserve on Thursday and will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes.

"It’s exciting," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."

The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks have assigned forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.

For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.

Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.

Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Is Crawford ready to go?

Jimmy Greenfield, Connor McKnight, and Matt Spiegel join Kap on the panel to discuss Corey Crawford back on the ice for the first time in 10 months. The Bears have good news when it comes to Khalil Mack, who injured his ankle against the Dolphins.

Plus, Fred Hoiberg announces that Jabari Parker is coming off the bench for the season opener.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: