e, so knocking off Penn State (8-2, 6-1) would make their season.Were not talking about spoilers, Ash said. Were playing for our

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TORONTO -- With all due respect to T.S. Eliot, when it was finally over, it ended not with a bang but a whimper, a long, mournful whimper.Of course, Team USA had been emotionally, if not technically, gone long before the final whistle blew on a 4-3 loss to a Czech Republic team most had considered the weakest in the eight-team World Cup of Hockey.Thursdays loss, naturally, put that debate to bed as the Americans finished a desultory 0-3, putting the final piece of punctuation on this most lamentable of international tournaments.Three games, no wins, five goals scored, two by defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Zero goals for defending NHL scoring champ and MVP Patrick Kane.At one point Thursday, veteran defenseman Ryan Suter inadvertently stickhandled the puck into his own net while trying to clear it.By Friday morning, there will be little to remind anyone that the U.S. team had actually been at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, except maybe a little stain like the oil spot an old car leaves on your driveway.Perhaps the best-case scenario is that this team will be remembered for how quickly it went from a plucky, blue-collar squad hoping to knock off the worlds best to become quite simply placeholders in the pantheon of U.S. hockey history.Because just as we were watching dumbfounded while the Americans imploded, losing 3-0 to Team Europe and then 4-2 to Canada before Thursdays dismal finale, the future of not just American hockey -- maybe even the game itself -- was capturing hearts and minds.Team North America didnt advance to the semifinal round in spite of going 2-1, but in their brief time at the World Cup of Hockey, there wasnt a more exciting group to watch.They were, in many ways, the anti-Team USA: joyful, driving to the net with abandon, rising to the occasion -- even if they were denied a place in the semifinals on a tie-breaker.Imagine in two years if the NHL returns to the Olympics in South Korea, or in four years to the World Cup of Hockey (assuming the event isnt just going to be shoved back into the hockey closet for another dozen years), what a Team USA might look like.How about Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews as your 1-2 centers, maybe setting up Patrick Kane, one of a handful of U.S. forwards on Team USA who would be considered a lock to make the next best-on-best tournament?Go down the list from Team North America of players who will be pushing for places on the American team in the next best-on-best tournament: Johnny Gaudreau, Brandon Saad, Vincent Trocheck will vie for forward positions while Seth Jones, Jacob Trouba and Shayne Gostisbehere will be factors along the blue line.But as Team USA staggers off into the sunset, lets pause to remind ourselves of the human beings that don those jerseys.Its something that has been easy to forget in the hours and days since they lurched out of the gate with a 3-0 loss to Team Europe that pretty much sealed their fate at this tournament.The criticism has been relentless and the attacks often person and sometimes, shockingly, from former teammates or former Team USA players.At one point in the first period of Thursdays meaningless game, a group of fans chanted We want Kessel, a reference to two-time U.S. Olympian Phil Kessel, whose postgame tweet taking a shot at the Americans after the Canada loss went viral.But know this, however poorly this team played, these are players who took time off this summer to train for the tournament, took time away from families and vacations to attend training camp, and traveled hither and yon for pretournament games.For many of these players, Thursdays popped balloon of a game played before a crowd seemingly of family and friends will be the final memory they will have of playing in a red, white and blue jersey.I wish I could play with these guys every day, defenseman Jack Johnson said.That is not an empty sentiment.No one could have imagined this would turn into such a train wreck. And even as the players shouldered responsibility for not getting the job done, there was still something more than a little melancholy about watching them leave the media center for the last time.Each group has an opportunity to do something special, and we definitely didnt take advantage of it, said McDonagh, a two-time Olympian. Same thing in Sochi with that group. Obviously, we talked about a step back in Sochi, the way we finished there, and this is about as low as it can get Im sure as far as where USA Hockey has been in the last handful of international tournaments.I felt especially bad for David Backes, another two-time Olympian, who was a healthy scratch. So was Erik Johnson, who earned a silver medal with Backes in Vancouver. It would be a surprise if either was part of the next best-on-best U.S. roster.The fact they werent in the lineup is yet another sign of what appeared to be a significant disconnect within this group because there were myriad options for players to sit other than these two veterans.The fact these two players were denied a chance at one last moment wearing their countrys colors was a shame, simply another thread in the ugly tapestry woven by this team at this most forgettable of tournaments. Air Max Chaussure Boutique En Ligne . If ever they start actually putting pictures beside words in the dictionary, the Blue Jays left-handers mug will appear beside “Consistency. Site De Chaussure Air Max Pas Cher . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. http://www.airmaxchaussurespascher.fr/ . Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. Chaussure Air Max Solde .com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward James Neal on injured reserve Tuesday. Air Max Pas Cher En Ligne .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers first-year coach Chris Ash doesnt care that No. 9 Penn State has a chance to win the Big Ten Conference title, and he has even less interest in seeing his Scarlet Knights play the role of spoiler on Saturday night.All Ash cares about is that this is Rutgers final home game and he wants his seniors to go out with a win.It has nothing to do with going to bowl game or anything like that.The Scarlet Knights (2-8, 0-7) arent going anywhere this year. Its been a tough first season with the former Ohio State co-defensive coordinator as their coach. They have not been very competitive, so knocking off Penn State (8-2, 6-1) would make their season.Were not talking about spoilers, Ash said. Were playing for ourselves and were playing for our seniors. Were playing to try to get better. But this week it is about the seniors. We have a lot of them. A lot of them that have done a tremendous amount of positive things here at Rutgers.Rutgers will have to improve to be competitive this week. It has lost seven in a row, including a 49-0 loss to struggling Michigan State last weekend. The results have been even worse against the conferences elite. It was beaten 58-0 by No.2 Ohio State and 78-0 by No. 4 Michigan.Ohio State and Michigan are currently tied with Penn State for first place in the Big Ten East. If the Nittany Lions can beat Rutgers and Michigan State in their final two games, and Michigan were to lose one of its last two, they would win the division.This is going to be an emotional game, Penn State coach James Franklin said. There are a lot of ties on both sides. Theyre going to come out being aggressive in how they call the game, the decisions they make and how their players play. We want to start fast each week, because we want to start fast each week, and thats going to give us the best chance to be successful consistently. No other things factor into it. Its the best thing to do to give us the best channce to be successful.dddddddddddderes some things to watch in the game:SAQUON BARKLEY: The Nittany Lions running back has run for 733 yards and six touchdowns in the last five games. He leads the Big Ten with 1,113 yards rushing. The problem is Barkley, who ran for 195 yards and two TDs in the game against Rutgers last year, took a couple of big hits as Indiana loaded the box last week. Franklin might decide to take some of the load off Barkley and let freshmen Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson get more carries.RUTGERS D LINE: With Penn States offensive line in flux because of injuries, defensive tackle Darius Hamilton and end Julian Pennix-Odrick will be looking to make a statement in their final home games. Hamilton has 43 tackles and a half sack in overcoming a knee injury that caused him to miss almost all of last season. Pinnix-Odrick has 41 tackles and a team-high 4? sacks.BIG CATCHES: Tight end Mike Gesicki has stepped up in the last two games despite playing on a sore ankle. He has had nine catches for 153 yards, including five for 88 yards last weekend. He has career highs of 37 catches for 499 yards, including four for more than 40 yards. The junior is tied for the Big Ten lead and tied for No. 9 nationally in receptions by a tight end. He ranks No. 1 in the conference and fifth in the FBS in receiving yards by a tight end.AUTOMATIC: Placekicker Tyler Davis has yet to miss a kick that has not been blocked in his career. He is 24-for-26 on field goal attempts, with both misses being blocks. He has also made all 46 of his PAT attempts. He is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nations top kicker.---Freelancer Travis Johnson in State College, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25 . China NFL Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Online Stitched Hockey Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Football Jerseys Outlet College Jerseys For Sale Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys For Sale Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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