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  • 23 August 2019
    PITTSBURGH -- Matt Murray spent the end of his rookie season helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the Stanley Cup.The goaltender is ready for an entirely different challenge for Team North America during the World Cup of Hockey. Murray stopped 16 of 17 shots he faced in a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic on Wednesday in the final exhibition for both teams before the tournament starts in Toronto next week.While North America coach Todd McLellan has yet to officially name who will start in next when his team faces Finland on Sunday, it appears to be a mere formality.Im not prepared to anoint him yet ... but I think you had very good eyes, you saw him play extremely well, McLellan said. Thats the same thing we saw. Odds are hes our guy but we have to respect the process.The group of players 23-and-under will head into the event after losing for the first time in three exhibitions after Tomas Plekanec banked a backhander off Connor Hellebuycks pads with just over 8 minutes remaining. Murray was long gone by then in the same building where hell report for work in October as Pittsburgh looks to defend the Cup it won after streaking through the postseason and beating San Jose in six games in the final.Heady territory for the 22-year-old Murray, who believes his run last spring will only help as the team of upstarts face a massive test against the worlds best players.Thats probably the highest pressure you can have in hockey, Murray said. Going through that at a young age is only going to help me feel more comfortable.North America overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie it midway through the third period on goals by Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews against Petr Mrazek.North America captain Connor McDavid was held without a point for the third straight game and took a big hit from Czech defenseman Roman Polak at the end of the second period. McDavid said he didnt believe the hit was dirty and allowed his scoreless streak is the result of passing up too many opportunities to shoot the puck.Its something Ive got to figure out and keep working on, he said.Plekanec answered 53 seconds after Matthews goal by taking a feed from Ales Hemsky from behind the net and knocking it off Hellebuycks leg and over the goal line for his third goal in as many exhibition games.Ondrej Palat and Radek Faska also scored for the Czech Republic. Mrazek stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced after coming in for Michal Neuvirth at the games midway point. Kosuke Fukudome Jersey . Irving scored 23 points, Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-109 on Friday night. Albert Almora Jr Cubs Jersey . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. . Reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland opened with a 12-2 rout of Winnipegs Jennifer Jones in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fergie Jenkins Cubs Jersey . Pirlo limped out of Sundays 1-0 win over Udinese after just 13 minutes. Juventus says Pirlo underwent tests on Monday which revealed he has "a second-degree lesion to the collateral medial ligament in his right knee. Kyle Hendricks Cubs Jersey . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. Carlton coach Brendon Bolton is upbeat his AFL club will be a destination of choice during the off-season frenzy.The Blues collected the wooden spoon in 2015, their first in almost 10 years.It meant Princes Park offered little appeal for any players seeking a fresh start and finals action.They were fully expected to struggle again this year but have been competitive in Boltons first season at the helm, testing Hawthorn and Sydney in the past fortnight.The Blues have already declared their interest in Gold Coast youngster Jaeger OMeara, while fellow Sun Dion Prestia is also expected to return to Melbourne.Bolton wouldnt comment on Carltons post-season plans but hoped his club would appeal to any potential recruits.That our clubs one where people can see theres a real connectedness and people within our club feel a sense of belonging, Bolton said.When you feel a sense of belonging it becomes an attractive place.ddddddddddddBolton noted he was focused on the final four rounds, starting with Sundays MCG match against St Kilda.Right now I think all clubs are looking into next year, he said.But (list manager) Stephen Silvagnis role is to do that.Im purely focused on the Saints at the moment but well see how it all unfolds.Sundays match will be the swan song for Andrew Walker, who announced earlier this week he was hanging up the boots.(He) probably would have kept playing a month ago but his knee flared, Bolton said.Hes the first Carlton indigenous player to play 200 games, so I think he deserves the respect.Hes had a terrific career. Most of the players describe him as the most elite preparer at Carlton. ' ' '