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The 18-year-old left wing had one shot on goal in 16:59 of ice time.

“It was great and I’m sure it will only be better and better, like when the season starts (Oct. 12), but it was great,” Slafkovsky said. “It was faster for sure, but those are little things. I will get used to it.

“I won a couple of pucks, I lost a couple of pucks. I can be better. I know myself, I can play better, I can skate faster and shoot more.”

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It was the first preseason game for each team.

Tomas Tatar and Graeme Clarke scored for the Devils. Mackenzie Blackwood started and made 15 saves on 16 shots for the Devils. Nico Daws came on midway through the second period and made five saves.

Cole Caufield scored for the Canadiens. Jake Allen made 18 saves in 29:18, and Cayden Primeau made 11 saves on 13 shots in relief.

Caufield scored on the power play at 12:32 of the first period to give the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.

Tatar tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 16:07 of the second period.

Clarke scored at 14:03 of the third period for the 2-1 final.

New Jersey center Nico Hischier left the game after the first period due to cramping. Hischier, who is Devils captain, had one shot on goal in 6:24 of ice time.

Video: Tatar, Clarke net goals in 2-1 preseason victory

Panthers 4, Predators 3 (OT): Aleksander Barkov scored with one second left in overtime to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in the preseason opener for each team.

Barkov’s shot from the left circle on the rush deflected in.

Paul Maurice made his debut as Florida coach in the first of two split-squad games between the teams. Nashville won the second game 4-0.

Ryan Lomberg, Eetu Luostarinen and Kai Schwindt scored, and Aaron Ekblad and Santtu Kinnunen each had two assists for the Panthers. Barkov had an assist, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 10 saves on 12 shots in 31:45 before being replaced by Mack Guzda, who made 12 saves.

Juuso Parssinen had a goal and an assist for the Predators. Connor Ingram made 10 saves on 12 shots in 31:17 before being replaced by Devin Cooley, who made 18 saves.

Nino Niederreiter had an assist in his Predators debut after signing a two-year, $8 million contract ($4 million average annual value) on July 21.

Ryan Johansen tied it 3-3 for Nashville with 5:25 left in the third period on a deflection.

Luostarinen gave Florida a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal with 43 seconds left in the first period when he scored on a 2-on-1.

Schwindt made it 2-0 at 3:41 of the second period before Parssinen cut it to 2-1 at 4:42. Roland McKeown tied it 2-2 at 11:45.

Lomberg put the Panthers ahead 3-2 at 2:11 of the third on a rebound at the left side of the net.

Rangers 4, Islanders 1: Igor Shesterkin stopped all 14 shots he faced playing midway into the second period, helping the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden in New York.

It was the first preseason game for each team.

K’Andre Miller scored a shorthanded goal, and Brennan Othmann had two assists for the Rangers. Dylan Garand made nine saves in relief of Shesterkin, who played 31:41 after winning the Vezina Trophy last season voted as the best goalie in the NHL.

Robin Salo scored for the Islanders, who lost in Lane Lambert’s first game as coach. Semyon Varlamov allowed four goals on 20 shots in 31:15 before being replaced by Jakub Skarek, who made 15 saves.

Jimmy Vesey gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead on the power play at 10:51 of the first period with a sharp-angled shot over Varlamov’s left shoulder from the right side. The 29-year-old forward, who played his first three NHL seasons (2016-19) with the Rangers, is in training camp on a professional tryout contract.

Chris Kreider made it 2-0 on a rebound at 15:48.

Miller extended the lead to 3-0 with four seconds left in the period when scored off a feed from Othmann, who chased down a loose puck in the corner after an Islanders turnover.

Zac Jones pushed it to 4-0 with a one-timer at 11:41 of the second period.

Salo scored at 16:10 for the 4-1 final.

Video: Kreider, Miller score in 4-1 preseason victory

Blues 4, Stars 0: Josh Leivo had two goals and an assist for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Logan Brown had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which has won its first two preseason games. Thomas Greiss made 10 saves in the first period, and Colten Ellis made 23 saves to complete the shutout.

Anton Khudobin made 11 saves on 13 shots in the first, and Jake Oettinger made 13 saves on 15 shots for Dallas in its preseason opener.

Brown scored his third goal in two games on a rebound at 13:13 of the first to make it 1-0.

Leivo made it 2-0 at 19:04, then scored again at 11:54 of the second period for a 3-0 Blues lead.

William Bitten scored at 13:01 of the third period for the 4-0 final.

Predators 4, Panthers 0: Forward Matthew Tkachuk was held without a point in his Florida Panthers debut, a 4-0 loss to the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

It was the second of two split-squad games between the teams. Visiting Florida won the first game 4-3 in overtime.

Tkachuk, who had one shot on goal in 18:13, was acquired July 22 in the trade that sent forward Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman MacKenzie Weegar to the Calgary Flames.

Ryan McDonagh had an assist in his Predators debut, and Matt Duchene and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists. Kevin Lankinen stopped all 13 shots he faced before being replaced midway through the second period by Yaroslav Askarov (12 saves).

Spencer Knight started in goal for the Panthers and made 19 saves on 20 shots in 29:56. Alex Lyon made 15 saves in relief.

Filip Forsberg put Nashville up 1-0 at 14:23 of the first period. It was his first game since signing an eight-year, $68 million contract ($8.5 million average annual value) on July 11.

Cody Glass pushed it to 2-0 at 8:01 of the third period from the right hash marks off a pass from Duchene for a power-play goal.

Colton Sissons made it 3-0 at 13:30 when he finished a breakaway with a backhand, and Tanner Jeannot tipped a McDonagh shot at 17:12 for the 4-0 final.

McDonagh was traded to Nashville by the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 3.

Kraken 3, Oilers 0: Matty Beniers, the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, scored for the Seattle Kraken in their 3-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

Beniers, who had nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 NHL games last season, gave the Kraken a 1-0 lead at 2:12 of the second period.

Martin Jones stopped all 13 shots he faced in 32:15, and Joey Daccord made 15 saves in relief for Seattle in its first preseason game.

Olivier Rodrigue started in goal for Edmonton and allowed one goal on nine shots in 30:00. Ryan Fanti made 16 saves in relief.

Ryan Donato made it 2-0 at 14:15 of the second, and Morgan Geekie scored shorthanded 43 seconds into the third period for the 3-0 final.

Kings 2, Golden Knights 1 (OT): Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist in his debut with the Los Angeles Kings, a 2-1 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Fiala, a forward, was acquired by the Kings in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on June 29 and signed a seven-year, $55.125 million contract ($7.875 million average annual value) the next day.

He tied it 1-1 for Los Angeles at 14:07 of the second period, then assisted on Adrian Kempe‘s power-play goal at 1:48 of overtime for the 2-1 final.

Cal Petersen stopped 10 of 11 shots in the first period for the Kings, and Pheonix Copley stopped all 23 shots he faced in relief.

Jack Eichel scored, and Phil Kessel had an assist for Vegas. Logan Thompson stopped all nine shots he faced in 30:13, and Adin Hill made seven saves in relief.

Eichel gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 7:10 of the first.

NHL.com independent correspondent Sean Farrell contributed to this report

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Recap: Brazil vs South Korea – World Cup 2022 – Al Jazeera English

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Neymar has returned from injury to help Brazil thump South Korea 4-1, setting up a World Cup quarter-final clash against Croatia.

Four unanswered Brazilian goals in the first half at Stadium 974 on Monday set an imperious tone for a team with their sights firmly on a sixth World Cup title.

And while the game settled in the second period, it was never sluggish or scrappy, and a spirited South Korea fought hard to score a consolation goal in the 76th minute.

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It took just seven minutes for Brazil to get off the mark, with Raphinha picking up the ball just outside the box and rushing in on the right side, sending in a pass to Neymar. The Paris Saint-Germain number 10 was brought down by his marker and the ball ended up at the feet of Vinicius Jr, in acres of space.

The Real Madrid star steadied himself before placing it to the right of Kim Seung-gyu in the South Korean goal.

Brazil celebrating their third goal, with goalscorer Richarlison in the centre [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Just three minutes later, Richarlison was brought down by Jung Woo-young inside the box, and the referee pointed to the spot. Neymar, who had reportedly flown his barber out to Qatar to dye his hair blonde following previous victories over South Korea with bleached hair, wasted no time in slotting it into the bottom-right of the net. Brazil was up two-nil with less than 15 minutes on the clock.

South Korea had their share of chances, with Hwang Hee-chan, fresh off scoring the winner against Portugal, having a go from a distance but sending the ball comfortably over the bar. Moments later, Allison was forced to make a diving save to his left, his first save of the tournament.

But Paolo Bento’s men were simply outclassed in every part of the pitch.

A remarkable piece of skill in the 26th minute saw Richarlison juggling the ball, heading it to himself three times while evading defenders on the edge of the South Korean box. He then passed the ball before running through on goal to receive the return, firing the ball in for Brazil’s third.

Just 10 minutes later, Vinicius Jr set up Lucas Paqueta with a cheeky chip, and the midfielder shot low and right. Kim Seung-gyu could do little but look at the ball nestling in the back of the net.

With four goals before half-time, Brazil was putting down a marker for any teams who think they might have a chance of lifting the trophy on December 18.

Son Heung-min nearly clawed one back for South Korea straight after the restart, but Alisson — who must, through this game alone, be in contention for the Golden Glove — got enough of his arm onto the shot to tip it wide.

Faced with the intensity of Brazil’s onslaught, South Korea tried to slow the game, but more chances for Raphinha and Vinicius Jr followed despite the best efforts of the men in red.

Then came the 77th minute, and out of nowhere, Paik Seung-ho scored from outside the box. A free kick for South Korea was bundled clear by the Brazilian defence, falling to Paik, who belted it past Alisson’s dive to find the top-right corner. Finally, the South Korean fans had something to cheer about.

South Korea continued to work hard in defence and create chances in attack, but that goal was to be their only score, and they head home having been soundly beaten by one of the best teams in the world.

Brazil will face Croatia in the quarter-finals at Education City on Friday.

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Christine Sinclair, Diana Matheson reveal pro Canadian women's soccer league set for kickoff in 2025 – CBC Sports

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Professional women’s soccer is coming to Canada.

Christine Sinclair and former national teammate Diana Matheson announced on Monday plans to kick off a domestic professional women’s league in 2025, featuring eight teams throughout Canada.

The two players sat down with The National‘s Adrienne Arsenault to reveal the news.

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After the duo helped Canada capture bronze at the 2012 Olympics — Matheson scored the medal-clinching goal — Sinclair expected progress. After all, the team had just snapped Canada’s 108-year podium drought in the sport.

“I really thought that 2012 was going to be a turning point for this country in bringing professional soccer home,” Sinclair told Arsenault. “But it never happened. And there’s still no pathways within this country.”

And so, a decade later, Sinclair and Matheson took matters into their own hands.

The still unnamed league would begin in April 2025 with an inaugural champion crowned sometime in the fall. Each team will have at least one Canadian international, and the goal is to bring home about half of the over-100 Canadians currently playing abroad.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Calgary Foothills Soccer Club are confirmed as the first two teams to join the upstart league.

“Whitecaps FC are thrilled to be one of the first teams to sign on to a professional women’s soccer league in Canada,” said Stephanie Labbe, Whitecaps FC general manager of women’s soccer. “The creation of this league is something we have been advocating for over many years, and to be part of seeing it come to fruition is truly exciting.”

The league is being built by Matheson and her business partners at Project 8 Sports Inc. Sinclair, soccer’s all-time international scoring leader, is on board as an official advisor.

“The whole idea behind this is to aim high. And like, if you’re not, what’s the point?” Sinclair said.

“So let’s go out from the get-go and compete with the best leagues in the world and bring in the top talent. And yeah, have 10 year olds watching a game that 10 years later is on the Whitecaps, for instance. That would be my dream.”

Matheson, who retired from playing in July 2021, has visions of the league pushing the entire Canadian women’s sports infrastructure forward.

“It’s health and wellness. It’s confidence. It’s tied with better academics. There’s a huge tie between women in sport and women in business,” Matheson said. “And this is about soccer, but it’s about the coaches, it’s about the referees, it’s about women in executive roles in sport.”

Part of that women’s sports fabric comes down to marketing like jersey sales. Sinclair said she can’t even get her hands on her own jersey to gift to her niece.

“I don’t know if they exist,” Sinclair said.

Pursuing diversity

Matheson, 38, said she’s been working on obtaining her Master of Business Administration, as well as partaking in UEFA programming. She’s hoping the league becomes a Canada Soccer member by 2023, with full sanctioning by 2024

Sinclair, left, and Matheson, right, at the 2012 Olympics. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

She said Air Canada and CIBC are already on board as sponsors, and that it’s especially important to have the right team owners involved in the league.

“One of the things is having more diversity to begin with — more women, diverse voices to begin with, more players voices to begin with. And that’s top to bottom. I want women owners, women in the executive, women’s player voices as part of this,” Matheson said.

The Oakville, Ont., native made the case that the buy-in, which is expected to be between $8-10 million, is a worthwhile investment, noting that National Women’s Soccer League clubs, which were bought for $150,000 US 10 years ago, are now valued at a minimum of $35 million US. The Orlando NWSL franchise was purchased in 2021 for about $400 million US.

Matheson said her league can compete with average player salaries across the world right now.

“We just have way more opportunities to monetize our own brand. Players can do appearances, they can work with companies, they can run camps in a way that they just can’t when they’re playing in Italy and England,” she said.

Another point of importance for Matheson and Sinclair is ensuring players in their league are protected. Reports of abuse in the NWSL last season resulted in the resignation of half of the league’s coaches.

Sinclair is captain of the Portland Thorns, whose CEO Merrit Paulson stepped down in October following reports of systemic emotional and verbal abuse, as well as sexual misconduct.

“[It’s] unfortunate just how women are treated and taken advantage of. That’s why we need women owners. We need female executives,” Sinclair said.

Added Matheson: “It’s training, it’s vetting, it’s independent reporting systems. And for us, that’s going to mean working with those groups that are really good at doing those things.”

Sinclair autographs a fan’s ball during a men’s World Cup watch party in Toronto in November. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)

Establishing pathways

At its crux, though, the league intends to establish pathways for young Canadian women to stay in soccer and work their way onto the national team — to foster future generations so that one day they could get their golden moment like Sinclair had in 2021 in Tokyo.

“It’s time to change the narrative and inspire the next group,” Matheson said. “I believe kids need to see it to believe that it’s possible to happen. And with the launch of this league, kids will be able to go into their own backyard and watch their heroes play and dream of one day representing their hometown professional club and maybe representing Canada.”

Sinclair said she was once one of those kids, watching the 1999 World Cup with a dream to be on that pitch herself one day.

23 years later, the Burnaby, B.C., native has accomplished nearly everything she could in her sport.

“We’ve inspired Canadians on the podium,” Sinclair said. “Now it’s time to actually make an impactful difference here in Canada.”

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