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kick off his season, but as is almost always the case with Crosby, its the little things -- the attention to detail -- that pain Antworten

TORONTO -- Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby picked up exactly where he left off last spring when he was hoisting the Stanley Cup as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins: dominating.Crosby was a one-man wrecking crew as host Canada opened the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday with an emphatic 6-0 victory over the Czech Republic. Sure, the three points on a goal and two assists were an impressive way for the defending playoff MVP from last Junes Stanley Cup run to kick off his season, but as is almost always the case with Crosby, its the little things -- the attention to detail -- that paint the true picture.And on this night the picture was a pleasing one for Canadian fans.After being stymied on an early breakaway, Crosby banked home the first goal of the game off Czech goalie?Michal Neuvirth from the goal line. Later, he added an assist on a goal by Brad Marchand off a faceoff win by Patrice Bergeron that put me in mind of an overtime goal he drew up in the Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks.As per usual with Crosby, few things in the game happen by chance.In the final minute of the first period, Crosby sped back down the ice to break up a Czech 2-on-1 and then, even though he didnt get credit for an assist, ran some interference in the Czech zone, setting up a Bergeron goal with 0.7 seconds left in the first period to give the Canadians an insurmountable 3-0 lead.For good measure, Crosby added another pretty assist on a Joe Thornton goal early in the second.Saturdays dominating win made it clear that whoever is going to knock off Canada in this tournament is going to have to find a way to negate the Bergeron-Crosby-Marchand line that has been together since the moment Canada opened training camp.In fact, head coach Mike Babcock penciled in the offensive trio months before Team Canada ever took to the ice, looking to put an end to the backstory that has been part of the past two Olympic Games: Whom will Crosby play with?Babcock was the coach in both Vancouver and Sochi when Canada won gold, but it took time each tournament to find wingers who meshed with Crosby. Thats clearly not an issue here, as Crosby and the two Boston Bruins are a force as Canada is playing with a much different tempo than they did in Sochi on the Olympic-size ice.In short, Crosby served notice in Game 1 of the World Cup that whether hes wearing a Penguins jersey or the red and white of Team Canada, hes at a whole other level. Not that any of that should come as a surprise.Three stars1. Sidney Crosby, C, Canada: Three-point night, ferocious backchecking ... if Canada was looking for its captain to set a tone for an important opening-night win over the overmatched Czechs, they got it in spades.2. Carey Price, G, Canada: There was a point in the first half of the first period when the flow of the game was much less lopsided than it became, and Price did his job, denying Ondrej Palat on an early deflection and then shutting the door on the Czech power play on the night. And lets remember this was Prices first meaningful game since last November after injury issues.3. Drew Doughty, D, Canada: Doughty was a presence on both sides of the puck all night. nfl jerseys china . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. cheap jerseys . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. cheap jerseys from china .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. cheap jerseys usa . Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. INDIANAPOLIS -- Glenn Robinson III and Myles Turner provided the offense and the Indiana Pacers overwhelmed the Los Angeles Clippers with their defense.Robinson and Turner each scored 17 points and the Pacers forced 20 turnovers in a 91-70 victory Sunday night over the Clippers, who have lost two in a row for the first time this season.We just tried to have active hands and be aggressive defensively, said Jeff Teague, who had 13 points and two steals. Thats a great team over there, great players that they have. We just did a good job of being active and causing a little havoc on defense.The Pacers have forced at least 20 turnovers seven times this season and this time it came while the Clippers tried to bounce back from a 108-97 loss in Detroit on Friday.Blake Griffin had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Chris Paul added 13 points. The Clippers shot just 31.4 percent from the field, were 4 of 24 from 3-point range, and couldnt get going offensively for the second straight game.It was all bad, Paul said. We shot bad, we defended bad. We have to sweep it under the rug. We have to fix it and stop the bleeding at some point.Al Jefferson and Rodney Stuckey created a spark off the bench for the Pacers. Jefferson finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Stuckey had 12 points to help Indiana win two straight for just the second time this season.Indiana went on a 12-2 run at the start of the second half and took a 62-44 lead after Robinsons 3-pointer with 6:48 left in the third quarter.Monta Ellis made a 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter and Jefferson scored to put the Pacers ahead 79-58 with 10:49 to play.With All-Star forward Paul George on the bench nursing a sore left ankle for the second straight game, Indiana got off to a slow start, but settled in on defense and forced the Clippers to turn it over 11 times in the first quarter.ddddddddddddAfter scoring a career-high 20 points against Brooklyn on Friday while replacing George, Robinson scored six points in the first quarter and had 10 by halftime in his fourth start this season.TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles scored less than 80 points for the first time with Doc River as coach. ... The Clippers had six turnovers by the 5:04 mark in the first quarter and finished the game with 20.Pacers: Turner had 12 rebounds and Robinson had six. ... Thaddeus Young had 11 points and six rebounds. ... Along with George, the Pacers were without guard C.J. Miles and forward Kevin Seraphin, who are out with left knee injuries.3-POINTERS NOT FALLINGPaul entered Sundays game shooting a career-high 43.0 percent from 3-point range while averaging a career-best 2.2 3-pointers a game. Against the Pacers, he missed all six 3-point attempts and finished 2 of 11 from the field, though he was 7 of 7 from the free throw line.ROUGH ROADWhile the Pacers have won eight games at home, the team has just a single win on the road this season. Now Indiana prepares to hit the road for five games out west. 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