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TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs boast a predominantly Canadian roster with 20 players holding Canadian passports; however, many are struggling when it comes to deciding who to cheer for come Fridays semifinal of mens hockey at the Olympics, which features Leafs teammates Phil Kessel and James van Reimsdyk against the Canadians. The Leafs were back on the ice Wednesday following an 10-day break. It apparently wasnt long enough, as Team Canadas 2-1 win over Latvia didnt conclude before the Leafs began practice. "I was thinking we might get a little delay, but it was nice to get out there," said Tyler Bozak of watching Wednesdays game." Bozak, a native of Regina, Sask., centres a line of Kessel and van Riemsdyk. He also shares an apartment with Kessel in Toronto. He has been in touch with his linemates during the break. "Theyre enjoying it, they said everythings great," said Bozak. "The village is nice, theyre meeting lots of new people and having fun. Theyre winning lots of games and playing really well." When asked who hed be cheering for in Fridays rematch of the 2010 gold medal game, Bozak appeared on the fence. "Its going to be an exciting game to watch for sure. I really cant make any predictions," he said. "I dont knowa the U.S. has been playing great. Canadas kind of snuck by with a few wins, but every games different and it should be a fun one to watch. "I just hope Phil and JVR play really well and maybe Canada wins, I dont know." Nazem Kadri, who spent his break along with Bozak and Frazer McLaren in the Caribbean, isnt sure of Canadas chances. "I want to say Canada, but to be honest, I think the U.S. looks a little bit better," said the London, Ont. native. "In tournaments like these, its all about one game, one period swing where that could be the difference." Sudbury, Ont. native, Randy Carlyle admitted cheering for Canada isnt as easy as it may appear. "I wish our players all the success in the world and I think its important for us to never lose sight of the fact that youre part of a team, but again, I am Canadian," said Carlyle, who spent his break in California. "There is things pulling at your heart strings in different directions thats for sure." Kessel has been the talk of the tournament leading the way with five goals and eight points heading in to Fridays game. He was also the topic de jour at the Leafs practice facility in Etobicoke Wednesday. When asked if Kessel, who is second behind just Alexander Ovechkin in regular season scoring with 31 goals, has put himself amongst the best players in the NHL, Carlyle was quick to pump the breaks. "Thats a big statement for anybody to come out and proclaim on any player. It takes a longer period of time than just five years (or) six years," Carlyle said. "Hes not a one-dimensional player as people described him previously. Hes a guy who still has some things that wed like him to stop doing, but hes become more of a two-way player." Kadri, who according to Carlyle returned with the best-looking tan on the team, isnt surprised at Kessels success in Sochi. "I think we all knew Phil was going to achieve more especially on that big ice," he said. "Not too many players in the league can skate with him so. Phil does a great job finding areas to get open." Carlyle admitted one player he is concerned about is Nikolai Kulemin. Kulemin was part of the Russian team, which fell 3-1 to Finland in the quarter-finals. "Nobody asks questions about how youre going to feel about Nikolai Kulemin coming back and thats a tough one," said Carlyle. "Host country and the way their tournament unravelled. "Hes part of our hockey club and weve got to find a way to build him back up and get him going again." Notes: Injured forwards David Bolland (foot), Peter Holland (lace bite), Carter Ashton (hand) and Trevor Smith (undisclosed) were all participants in Wednesdays 50 minute skate at the MasterCard Centre. Once Bolland, Smith and Ashton return from injured reserved, the Leafs will have 25 players on their active roster and will require some moves. Custom Cincinnati Reds Jerseys .A. Happ? Happs seven wins are second on the staff to Mark Buehrles 10. Win-loss record is an antiquated stat, sure, but win total is generally an indication of a pitchers ability to work deep into games, enough to be personally affected by the result. Cincinnati Reds Shirts . They started shooting the puck. 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After seven wins in a row, they have to do it one more time to get into the playoffs.BOSTON - If the Washington Captials can combine Alex Ovechkins scoring with strong defence every game, coach Barry Trotz will be enjoying a lot of victories this season.Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season, Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots and Trotz earned his first win with the Capitals in a 4-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.Trotz, the longtime coach of Nashville, was hired during the off-season after Washington missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years and fired Adam Oates.Trotz talked during the preseason about the team a€” and Ovechkin a€” needing to pay more attention to defence.We played the way he wanted us to play, Ovechkin said of the new system. Of course guys are putting a little bit of pressure upon themselves. We played how he wanted us to play, especially in the D zone.The Capitals lost Trotzs first game, 2-1 in a shootout to Montreal at home Thursday.As a coach you go into a season and you dont relax until you get that first win, he said.He was also happy with how his team concentrated on the defensive end.They threw a lot of pucks at our net. We did a good job of clogging it up, he said. I thought the special teams were key for us tonight, obviously with the two power play goals, but we got some big kills.The three-time league MVP Ovechkin, who led the NHL with 51 goals last season, scored Washingtons first two of the game. Defenceman Mike Green had a power-play goal and Joel Ward added a late score.Holtby stopped eight shots in the initial 8 1/2 minutes en route to his 12th career shutout, sending Boston to its second straight loss after a season-opening victory.They were moving the puck around in the first finding some cross seems, but I think we made an adjustment and it was good from there on, he said. We did a great job in shot lanes. Thats what wins you games.Bostons Tuukka Rask made 17 saves. Last seasons Vezina Trophy winner has played all three of the Bruins games.Thhe Bruins have scored just three goals in their three games.ddddddddddddWere not off to a good start, Boston coach Claude Julien said. Even our veteran guys have to be better. We have to be better in a lot of areas.The Bruins, who won the Presidents Trophy last season, didnt lose consecutive regular season games after dropping contests Jan. 7 and 9.We cant be really saying the offence is struggling, Boston captain Zdeno Chara said. We all are struggling.Eight seconds after Boston rookie Bobby Robins was sent to the penalty box for kneeing, Ovechkin one-timed John Carlsons pass from the point past Rask from the left circle to move the Capitals ahead 1-0 at 11:26.Ovechkins second goal of the game, coming off a nice feed from along the boards from Nicklas Backstrom, made it 2-0 at 18:39. Backstrom hustled from the right corner and outworked a Bruins player along the left boards before making a backhand pass to Ovechkin, who blistered a shot by Rask.Holtby had a pair of nice stops a€” both on Chris Kellys bids from the slot a€” in the opening period. The first came at the 11-minute mark when he flashed his glove and the second was a left-pad stop.Bostons best chance came early in the third when Carl Soderberg broke in alone, shifted Holtby out of position, but he lost control of the puck just as he was attempting a shot.Washington made it 3-0 when Green one-timed Evgeny Kuznetsovs cross-ice pass by Rask 10:34 into the second.NOTES: Green was back in the lineup after missing the opener with an upper body injury. ... Bostons top-line centre David Krejci missed his third straight with an undisclosed injury. ... Bruins C Patrice Bergeron needs three points for 500 in his career. ... Ovechkin also led the league last season with 24 power play goals and shots on goal with 386. ... It was the Capitals only regular season visit to Boston. ... Last season Ovechkin had two PP goals and collected his 800th career point in Boston. ' ' '

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