The NHL lockout has been in effect for more than three months now, and so, with no actual games to report on, we're going to link to a different hockey video every day until a new CBA is reached. Today: Take that, Canada!
The NHL and the players union are still negotiating a new CBA, but there are noteworthy hockey games going on elsewhere — specifically, in Russia, where the 2013 World Junior Championships are winding down. And today's action brought a big victory for the Americans: They routed Canada 5–1 to advance to the gold-medal game on Saturday against Sweden. The United States is seeking its third medal in the tournament, after winning previously in 2004 and 2010.
Rangers fans take note: Prospect J.T. Miller had two assists in the game and got high marks for his play in recent games from Chris Peters over at the United States of Hockey. (Could Miller land the NHL roster spot this year, assuming, you know, there is an NHL this year? Paul Doyle, who covers the Connecticut Whale for the Hartford Courant, writes that he's a "strong candidate" to earn a job with the Rangers.)
Anyway, there are hockey fans in the U.S. that follow the World Juniors, but the interest in the States is nothing compared to the attention the tournament gets up in Canada. How big a deal is this loss there? As of this writing, it's the lead story on TSN's home page, with six different links. There's a game story, a Bob McKenzie column titled "No Excuses for Canada," and four video links, the last of which is teased with the word inconceivable. It's the second straight year the Canadians lost in the semis at the World Juniors, and because of the lockout, pretty much all of the country's best under-20 players were available this time, including Calder Trophy nominee Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
And so, on Day 110 of the NHL lockout, here are some highlights from today's game. The gold-medal game, by the way, starts at 8 a.m. New York time on Saturday. You can watch it live on the NHL Network.