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MALMO, SWEDEN – Santa Claus paid a visit to Team Canadas Christmas Eve dinner on Tuesday evening at Örenäs Castle, about a 40-mi Antworten

MALMO, SWEDEN – Santa Claus paid a visit to Team Canadas Christmas Eve dinner on Tuesday evening at Örenäs Castle, about a 40-minute drive outside Malmo where this years World Junior Hockey Championship is being held. Authentic Rob Havenstein Jersey . And the big guy in red came armed with gifts and scouting reports. He called up the players one at a time and offered a quick hockey-related message. "That was quite the shot you had last game," Santa bellowed when Connor McDavid was on his lap, "Shoot, shoot, shoot." WATCH: Behind the scenes at Team Canadas Christmas Eve dinner And the 16-year-old listened, putting the puck on net four times against Germany on Monday, matching Anthony Mantha and Bo Horvat for the team lead in the tournament opener, but came away empty-handed. McDavid did notch two assists in his world junior debut, but that first goal is proving elusive. "I missed a whole bunch of chances that Im pretty embarrassed about, but I thought I played an alright game," he said. WATCH: Bob McKenzie breaks down McDavids performance against Germany If theres one criticism McDavid has faced recently its that he sometimes passes up his own scoring chance to set up an even better one with a higher degree of difficulty for a teammate. Its something hes well aware of. "I know one of the big criticisms from other people is that I dont shoot the puck enough and Im always looking for the fancy play and the pass so I try and listen to that and I do try and shoot the puck as much as I can," McDavid said. "I just try and make the right play." McDavid, more often than not, makes the right play. For example, he found his way behind the Swiss defence on Monday and scored on a breakaway in Canadas final pre-tournament game. That was the goal Santa was talking about. "He sees the ice so well," said head coach Brent Sutter. "You look at that goal he got. After he scored, the guys were all looking at each other on the bench and asking, Where did he come from? He just knows how to play the game. Hes smart, intelligent and hes got great sense for the game, tremendous hockey sense and hes got the skill-set to go with it." "There was just a quick turnover," McDavid recalled, "and I saw Mantha had the puck there and everyone kind of jumped forward on their team so I just kind of took a step to the offensive side, which I shouldnt be doing too much, but it worked out, I guess." That hockey sense, that ability to know what moment to strike, thats a key reason why McDavid is seen as the slam-dunk choice to go first overall in the 2015 NHL draft. And thats why any critique of his game at this moment in time – when hes just become the sixth 16-year-old to ever make the Canadian world junior team – seems ridiculously nitpicky. "Its probably nitpicky for sure," agreed Sam Reinhart, when asked if his linemate needs to shoot more. "Hes a great player. How does he have so many goals if he doesnt shoot? Thats my question." When he left for Canadas selection camp, McDavid was eighth in Ontario Hockey League scoring and third on the Erie Otters with 12 goals and 50 points in 31 games. He helped Canada win gold at the 2013 World Under-18 Championship, leading all scorers with eight goals and 14 points in just seven games. Reinhart and McDavid also played together at the under-18 level and formed instant chemistry. That chemistry has carried over to the under-20 level, even though McDavid has been shifted to left wing. Horvat has played between the two "youngsters" and its the one trio Sutter refused to tinker with when he juggled every other line coming off a disappointing loss to the Swedes in pre-tournament play Sunday. "Theyve probably been our most consistent line since Day 1 so thats why I wanted to keep them together," the coach explained. "Its nice," said Reinhart. "We felt like we were playing well together. Its nice when he has that confidence to keep putting us out there together." It was also a sign of just how important that line and McDavid in particular will be to the teams success. Goals may be hard to come by later in the tournament and McDavid, who also gets time on the power play, will be expected to shoulder a big part of the load. Although he doesnt see it that way. "No, I dont feel that pressure," he argued. "We have 13 unbelievably gifted forwards here that can score at any time. If its my line or any other line, it really doesnt matter to me. I dont think offence is something that we need to worry about." Sometimes its easy to forget the phenom is just 16 years-old. He was taking his driving test on the day the Canadian selection camp roster was announced. And yet his maturity suggests his mental game is just as advanced as his physical gifts. The Newmarket, Ontario native is grateful for the opportunity, but not overcome by the moment. On Thursday, he officially joined Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros, Jason Spezza, Jay Boumeester and Sidney Crosby as 16-year-olds to wear the Maple Leaf at the world juniors. "Its pretty special. Just to be named in the same breath as those guys is something to be pretty proud of," he said. "It was a dream come true. Its pretty special to be here, but now that were here, we know what we want to do and well take it day by day." WATCH: McDavid talks to Nabil Karim about his first ever world junior game So what will McDavid remember about his first world junior game? "Probably just the Canadian fans who made the trip. I was not expecting that at all. It was unbelievable to see. "I noticed them right away, I got chills skating out for the first little bit." Any nerves considering the stage? "Yeah, I was a little nervous," McDavid admits. "Any time you wear the Canadian jersey, there are nerves that come along with that." Authentic Johnny Hekker Jersey . Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing Cincinnatis fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games. Brandon Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half. Authentic Cory Littleton Jersey . - Frankie (The Answer) Edgar dominated B. . LOUIS -- The Atlanta Braves used a two-run rally in the ninth to end their road trip with a win.Englands seamers must exploit any lateral movement on offer in Sundays World Twenty20 Final against West Indies to boost their chances of keeping Chris Gayle in check, says Nasser Hussain. Gayle smote an unbeaten century as West Indies powered their way to a six-wicket victory over Eoin Morgans men in Mumbai, swelling his world record of T20 international sixes to 98.Left-armer David Willey looked dangerous at the start of that match, dismissing Johnson Charles for a duck, but didnt bowl a single ball to Gayle in his first two overs. By the time he returned to the attack in the 16th over, Gayle had his eye in and hit him for 16 off four balls. Chris Gayles numbers from his innings against England in the Super 10s What you need against the West Indies batsmen is lateral movement, otherwise the likes of Gayle just hit through the line and if he gets going, therell be plenty of atmosphere, said Hussain.West Indies are not a one man show, as India found out in the semi-final; even if you get Gayle early there are other guys who can come in and hurt you.Gayle got away from David Willeys end in that first match; Willey was swinging the ball beautifully but Gayle never got down to his end. Player of the World T20? Vote for your favourite from Nassers XI If its gun-barrel straight to Gayle, as it was in Mumbai, hes outstanding at hitting through the line whereas hell find it tougher if Willey is swinging it here.Look at how Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah got him out, bowling full and straight at the stumps.Then if he does get in, bowl wide at him; Englands seamers did that very well the other day against the New Zealand batsmen - Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes bowled those wide yorkers. Chris Jordan and Rob Key practice bowling the perfect yorker However, West Indies are not a one-man side - its not a case of get Gayle out, win the game, something they proved against India when their guys in the middle order got a hit.Thats why [West Indies captain] Darren Sammy is confident.England, who have played their last three games in Delhi, will encounter vastly different conditions for Sundays final at Eden Gardens and while Hussain says its too early to say with any certainty how the pitch will behave, he reckons Morgann might name an unchanged line-up at the toss. Authentic Isaiah Johnson Jersey. Rob Key and Nasser Hussain take a look at the pitch ahead of Englands ICC World T20 final against West Indies. Its completely different from Delhi, which had a little bit of pace, but I think there will be a little bit of grass on the surface, he said.England will be happy with that as it means they dont have to change their plans and can stick with their seam attack and two spinners.If it was an absolute spitting cobra, though, theyd have to think about bringing in Liam Dawson, their third spinner, to make his debut in a World Cup final.Hussain added: I think both captains [Eoin Morgan and Sammy] are very relaxed individuals. Watch the West Indies players celebrate in style after their World T20 semi-final win over India They arent going to be putting pressure on their teams and say: Do you know how important this game is, how many people are watching and what it means to the country?They will be the polar opposite, trying to make out its just another game of cricket, even though its a little bit more than that. It will come down to how many gun players in your side perform on the day.Watch the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Final between England and West Indies live on Sky Sports 2 this Sunday from 1.30pm. Before then see if West Indies Women can overcome Australia Women in the Womens World Twenty20 Final, live on Sky Sports 2 on Sunday from 9.30am. Also See: Englands road to final Podcast: final preview How to watch the finals Report: Windies in final ' ' '

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