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{allcanada} Canadians win 2 medals at short-track WC in Seoul

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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The Canadian men's relay team won a silver medal Sunday while Charles Hamelin added a bronze in the men's 500-metre race on the final day of a World Cup stop in Seoul.

The men's team of Hamelin (Sainte-Julie, Que.), Patrick Duffy (Oakville, Ont.), Charle Cournoyer (Boucherville, Que.) and Samuel Girard (Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que.) finished in second place with a time of seven minutes 1.373 seconds to end up behind the Netherlands (7:01.210) and ahead of China (7:01.524).

"It was our best relay race in a long time," Hamelin said. "We executed our game plan perfectly. This will give us plenty of confidence heading into the rest of the season."

Hamelin added to his medal haul in the 500, finishing third in 41.583 seconds. South Korea's Seo Yi Ru (41.436) won gold and Dutch skater Sjinkie Knegt (41.549) took silver.

Hamelin reached the podium in spite of a right-ankle bruise he sustained while racing in the semifinal.

"I was skating in front when I hit a block and lost my balance. When I brought back my left skate under me, I hit my right ankle," he said. "The bruise hurt a bit, so I had it checked by the doctor to make sure there wasn't anything serious, and he gave me the green light."

In the women's 1,500, World Cup rookie Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., finished fourth in 2:31.857. It was her best finish so far on the circuit.

"I felt relaxed in the semifinal, I was able to pick a lot of information and manage my race well, and then I was able to stay alert during the entire final," Boutin said. "I skated well, I made my moves at the right time."

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{allcanada} McDavid makes his return, Canada beats Sweden

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OTTAWA — Curtis Lazar doesn't need to score goals to make an impact.

Lazar didn't pick up a single point in Canada's 5-2 win over Sweden Sunday night in World Junior exhibition play, but there was no denying his impact.

The 19-year-old Lazar — the oldest player on the roster by a matter of days — is on loan from the Ottawa Senators for the tournament. Having NHL experience means big things are expected from him both on and off the ice.

"After three months in the NHL I think he's seen a lot and he's seen many older guys in the NHL doing certain things," said Canada's coach Benoit Groulx. "You can tell maturity speaks in his case."

Lazar joined the team late Friday, but Groulx says he has already made an impact.

"He's loud on the bench," said Groulx. "He likes to communicate with his teammates, likes to cheer for them, likes to tell them about positioning and stuff like that. It comes naturally for him obviously and a good hockey club needs that."

Canada looked good Sunday night, getting goals from five different skaters.

Max Domi, Josh Morrissey, Anthony Duclair, Shea Theodore and Sam Reinhart scored for Canada while Eric Comrie made 17 saves.

Gustav Forsling and William Nylander had goals for Sweden, which got a 28-save performance from Samuel Ward.

This was Canada's first game since finalizing its roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship on Saturday. The tournament gets underway Dec. 26 with Canada taking on Slovakia in Montreal.

The game also marked Connor McDavid's first taste of action since he suffered a broken bone in his right hand on Nov. 11. It was Lazar's first game since being loaned to the team.

The duo played together with Nick Ritchie and while they didn't score, they did create a number of solid scoring chances.

Much was made of McDavid's return to action. While the 17-year-old showed some signs of rust, Groulx noted that he improved as the game went on.

"He showed some good things out there, showed speed and he went by a couple of defencemen to take pucks to the net," said Groulx. "I think he had a great second half of the game and it's good to see him back playing his style after such a long time being sidelined."

McDavid said he felt pretty good and felt he and his linemates were able to create some good chances.

"It was nice," said McDavid. "You never really want to be off and watching. It's never a lot of fun. To be back in game action was a lot of fun."

The trio of Domi, Duclair and Reinhart continue to display chemistry and were once again dangerous around the net as they combined for six points, including three goals.

"It's a short tournament and it gets going pretty quick so the sooner you can find (chemistry) the better it is," said Domi. "For our line personally, we're really close off the ice and do a lot of things together and we talk about certain plays in practice and we just keep working on that stuff."

Leading 3-1 to start the third, Canada extended its lead on Theodore's goal at the six-minute mark of the final period. Theodore picked up his own rebound and beat Ward glove side.

Reinhart rounded out his line's scoring as he picked up a power-play goal midway through the period, beating Ward short side under the arm.

Nylander, a Leafs prospect, made it 5-2 as he beat Comrie on a penalty shot late in the third period.

After a strong start to the game, Canada didn't have a great second period, registering just three shots on goal.

Sweden made it a 2-1 game early in the second on Forsling's power-play goal, but Canada regained its two goal-lead on a goal by Duclair, who is on loan from the New York Rangers.

Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg says getting the opportunity to play Canada is always a good test.

"We know we have a lot to learn and we definitely have to chip away on some stuff," said Gronborg. "Definitely in the defensive zone we need to do better in front of our own net and that's stuff we'll focus on over the next couple days."

Canada opened the scoring with a power-play goal two minutes into the first period as Domi banged home a rebound at the side of the net. Morrissey made it 2-0 midway through the period with a shot from the point.

Canada plays its final exhibition game Tuesday against Switzerland.

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{allcanada} Zepp wins debut in Flyers' OT victory vs. Jets

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WINNIPEG -- The Philadelphia Flyers made sure that goaltender Rob Zepp's NHL debut was a happy one in a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

The Flyers overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit and forced overtime when Vincent Lecavalier scored with 3:14 left in regulation. Jakub Voracek scored his second goal of the night 10 seconds into overtime for the Flyers, who have won back-to-back games.

With Steve Mason out because of an upper-body injury, Flyers coach Craig Berube elected to give the 33-year-old Zepp his NHL debut. Zepp spent the past six seasons with Eisbaeren Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga before he signed with Philadelphia this past summer. He played 17 games this season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League before the Flyers recalled him Friday.

Zepp finished with 25 saves, and Mark Streit also scored for the Flyers (13-14-6), who are on an eight-game road trip.

Matt Halischuk, Dustin Byfuglien and Mathieu Perreault had goals for Winnipeg (17-10-7) to finish a 2-1-1 homestand. Ondrej Pavelec made 19 saves for the Jets, who have points in 11 of their past 12 games (7-1-4) dating to Nov. 25.

Voracek and Claude Giroux combined for two goals and six assists in a 7-4 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, and they went to work early against Winnipeg. Voracek finished a 2-on-1 rush 46 seconds into the game, taking a pass from Giroux and sweeping it past Pavelec for his 13th goal.

Zepp faced eight shots in the first four minutes, but Halischuk made it 1-1 on the Jets' ninth shot. Halischuk scored his first goal since March 31 when he slipped past two Philadelphia defenders and beat Zepp with a slap shot at 6:38.

Fifty-five seconds later, Byfuglien moved off his right point and around the Philadelphia defense before putting a backhand shot from in close past Zepp for his eighth goal of the season.

Perreault sent the Jets ahead by two goals when Zepp could not control Mark Scheifele's shot, allowing Perreault to stuff it into the net from a tight angle at 11:21. An offseason signing from the Anaheim Ducks, Perreault's sixth goal extended his point streak to seven games (three goals, four assists).

Streit moved the Flyers back to within one goal when he used a screen in front of Pavelec to score his fifth goal at 6:06 of the third period.

The Flyers controlled the third period and had limited the Jets to one shot in the period when Lecavalier scored his first goal in 15 games. A healthy scratch for seven games from Dec. 2-16, Lecavalier intercept Winnipeg defenseman Jay Harrison's clearing attempt and put a shot under the crossbar for his third goal of the season.

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{allcanada} FLAMES (17-15-3) at KINGS (17-11-6)

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