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Spengler Cup Boxscores for Dec 31, 2007

Team Canada - Salavat Yulaev Ufa 2-1
1-0 Law (Gamache)
1-1 Perezhogin
2-1 Keller (Sarault)

Team Canada wins Spengler Cup

The final at this year's Spengler Cup was played between Team
Canada and the Russians of HC Salavat Yuleaev Ufa. These two teams
played already in the group-stage against each other and Canada won
this match. This duel is not just a match between two teams, this is
always a very prestigious clash of two ice-hockey superpowers; Canada
and Russia.

The first third started very intense and this resulted in a lot of
penalties. But no team could profit out of those numeric advantages,
the best chance had the Russians as they hit the post. In these early
minutes it was obvious that both teams are playing very stable in the
defence and that their first aim was not to get a goal. Therefore the
first period ended goalless.

In the second 20 minutes things changed completely. There were a
lot of goal-chances in front of both keepers and three goals in this
second third. Team Canada opened the score after a confusing
situation in front of Ufa's goal. After a shot of Gamache it seemed
that keeper Eremenko blocked the puck between his leg and the post,
but referees didn't whistle and the match continued. The Canadian Law
was just in front of Eremenko and had just to hit on his leg and the
puck slipped over the goal-line. This was the lead for Canada.
Eremenko was furious about this decision, from his point of view the
referees had to whistle as he blocked the puck. But all the arguing
didn't help, Canada was in front. Salavat Yulaev could react and
after an error in the Canadian offence Perezhogin had the chance over
a counter-attack to level the result. His shot was too precise for
Joseph and the Russians could celebrate their first goal in the
final. But just 2 minutes later the Canadians once again took the
lead. This goal was very bad luck for Eremenko. After a shot of
Keller the puck bounced back from the wall behind his goal and flew
straight to Eremenko's leg. He couldn't react anymore and the puck
was slipping over the goal-line. The second third ended with the
result of 2:1.
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Gilmour gets kick out of coaching job

Kingston native Doug Gilmour will spend his New Year's Eve in this Swiss town.

He couldn't be happier.

The former NHL star, now the player development adviser for the Toronto Maple Leafs, is an assistant coach with the Canadian team that will play in the Spengler Cup hockey tournament final today.

It's Gilmour's first major coaching assignment.

He said he's thrilled to be helping out.

"It's been a great experience," Gilmour said. "We'll be dissecting films and determining strengths and weaknesses [last night]."

"I cherish this opportunity. The guys came here from different teams committed to play for our country and they've worked so hard".

"They've played with their hearts. It's been fun to watch."

"The players are thrilled to have him here," said Canadian head coach Sean Simpson.

Former NHLers now skating for European clubs are getting a rare chance to represent Canada. They've been joined by free-agent goalie Curtis Joseph, 40, who gets the start in the title game, and American league skaters Simon Gamache and Danny Syvret. The Canadian team was hastily assembled and has quickly become a cohesive unit.

A 4-2 win over Mannheim of Germany yesterday sent Canada to the final with a 4-0 record, and Simpson's squad is determined to win this top club tournament for the first time in four years.

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Veteran NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph among the 22 players named Monday to Canada's roster for this year's Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland.

"We are extremely pleased to have Curtis back in a Canadian jersey for this year's Spengler Cup," Hockey Canada official Johnny Misley said in a statement. "Curtis is really looking forward to this experience and playing for his country once again."


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