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TORONTO -- One by one, the Canadian players strolled into the media room at Air Canada Centre on Thursday afternoon for an off-day availability at the World Cup of Hockey. Air Max 97 For Sale .The teams semifinal opponent had yet to be decided so questions and answers were broad in nature. There was talk about the process, doing the little things right, and sticking to what has worked in three straight round-robin victories.The Canadians have been playing so well, it really seems as if it is up to the opposition -- it ended up being Russia in the semifinals -- to figure out a way to beat them rather than the opposite.That went unsaid Thursday, but the numbers speak for themselves.Canada (3-0-0) is the only team with a perfect record. It has allowed just three goals overall, controlled the play for extended stretches and is averaging almost five goals and over 43 shots a game.The Russians were in control of their own destiny entering play against Finland on Thursday. A 3-0 victory assured them of second place in Group B and eliminated North America, the speedy squad of players age 23-and-under from Canada and the United States.There are several reasons why the reigning Olympic and World Cup champions are favored to win again. Canadas goaltending has been strong, the team rolls four strong lines and the defense is tight.The Russians, meanwhile, have a solid netminder in Sergei Bobrovsky and are anchored up front by forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. There will be no shortage of motivation on Saturday night for a team eager to eliminate Canada on home ice.The opportunity is huge, Ovechkin said. They have a pretty good team with solid players. We just have to match it.The Canada-Russia semifinal offers a renewal of a classic hockey rivalry, though fans will likely be disappointed they wont get to see the Canadians take on the highly skilled young guns on North America.It made no difference to Team Canada.Were more focused on playing our game, our system, Canadian forward Brad Marchand said. You might have to tweak a couple things here and there but for the most part, were more concerned about how we play. Our style, how our effort is. Just working hard and normally when you do that, good things can happen.Head coach Mike Babcock said his lineup will be announced after practice Friday. Ryan Getzlaf, Shea Weber and Carey Price are good bets to return after getting a rest Wednesday night in a 4-1 win over Team Europe.Canadas offensive depth has been on display throughout the tournament.The top line of captain Sidney Crosby, Marchand and Patrice Bergeron shone in a 6-0 rout of the Czech Republic last Saturday. The fourth line of Joe Thornton, Matt Duchene and Ryan OReilly was strong in a 4-2 win over the United States a few days later.Assistant captain Jonathan Toews took a turn in the spotlight with a three-point night against Team Europe. The offense has been in top form even though star forwards Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Getzlaf are still looking for their first goals of the tournament.Russia finished round-robin play with a 2-1 record, scoring eight goals while giving up five against.Its going to be a great, great challenge and we accept it, Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov said.Team Europe will play Sweden in the other semifinal Sunday. The best-of-three final series begins Tuesday night. Cheap Air Max 97 . -- Jacksonville wide receiver Cecil Shorts will likely be a game-time decision whether hell play Sunday in the Jaguars home game against the San Diego Chargers. Nike Air Max 97 . Kiriasis and brakeman Franziska Fritz finished two runs in one minute 55.41 seconds -- a mere 0.01 seconds ahead of Meyers and Lolo Jones, who likely bolstered her Olympic hopes by helping give USA-1 a huge push in the second heat. . You can watch the game live on TSN at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. The Flyers had won seven of eight before dropping their last two outings on consecutive days over the weekend. Philadelphia was handed a 6-3 loss by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday afternoon before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rangers the following night in New York City. CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames wrap up a three-game homestand on Sunday with a tough test against the Anaheim Ducks at the Scotiabank Saddledome.Winners of two straight games on home ice, the Flames (12-13-2) will look to keep that momentum going against the Ducks (12-8-5), who lost 3-2 in overtime to the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday.We werent good enough at the Saddledome obviously in the first bit of the season, so this is huge for us, Flames right winger Kris Versteeg said after scoring once in regulation and again in the shootout during Calgarys 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.I think we were trying to do too much at home and put a show on for the fans. The biggest show you can put on is a W, so it was another big win for us and good way to do it.After winning just two of their first eight games on home ice, the Flames have now won three of their past four at the Saddledome.We needed to find a way to win (at home) and I think right now were learning as a group and weve got to continue this momentum, said center Sean Monahan, who scored the shootout winner against the Wild after drawing an assist on Versteegs goal in the first period to run his point-scoring streak to three straight games.We just take it day by day. Obviously, its a long season and we prepare for every game like its a must win. That game Sunday, were going to come in and have our workboots on and get to work.In his first season as Flames coach, Glen Gulutzan admitted that it has taken longer than he wanted to implement his system.It took a little longer for us to get everything up and running like we wanted it to, Gulutzan told reporters on Saturday. We just have to progress at a rate thats greater than the rest of the league and I think the learning curve for us is a lot steeper than maybe some of the other teams in the league. Air Max 97 Silver Bullet. Were still trying to grab hold of a new system. We think we can make bigger strides as the year goes on.While Anaheim lost in overtime on Saturday in Edmonton, the Ducks have still earned points in four straight games -- going 3-0-1 during that span -- and sit third in the Pacific Division just two points behind the San Jose Sharks and one back of the Oilers.Any loss is tough, said Ducks goaltender John Gibson, who stopped 29 of 32 shots he faced against the Oilers. It was a good job fighting back, (but) it was a bit of a letdown that we couldnt get the second point.The Ducks have now lost four times in overtime and once in a shootout, which is something they want to improve upon going forward.We want to take pride in every game we play and obviously we havent had the success we want in overtime, Gibson said. Still a lot of time left, so hopefully we can turn it around.The Ducks had a great chance to pick up their first overtime win of the season against the Oilers, who were penalized for too many men on the ice with 45 seconds to play in regulation.Obviously, we had an advantage there but didnt manage to capitalize on it, said right winger Jakob Silfverberg, whos not too concerned about Anaheims lack of success in extra time.Were not trying to think too much about it. But, obviously, we practiced it a little bit a couple of weeks ago. Next time, we get there weve just got to make sure we get out of there with a win. 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