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Team USA isn't likely to win Miss Congeniality either.

This hero asked the hard questions last night.
This hero asked the hard questions last night.
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Last night, pride was on the line and what did Team USA do? Start a fight with Team Czech as the final horn went to cement their 0-3 record. Leaf legend Milan Michalek avenged Phil Kessel and almost everything was right with the world.

If you missed the fun, our colleagues over at Chowdah have you covered:

World Cup of Hockey RECAP: Day 6. North America's out because Russia hates fun, and Team USA goes winless - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The semifinal picture shakes out, and Team USA goes out on a hissy fit on live TV! Read more here!

Column - Good On Phil Kessel For Finally Punching Back
By now you have already seen the Tweet from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel.

WATCH: Pittsburgh Penguins deliver season tickets - PensBurgh
Phil remembered the important thing he had to do this week!


From around the blog:

First day of camp, first day of media scrums - Pension Plan Puppets
The Leafs are on the job! Camp is underway, and the players were in Toronto meeting the press.

WATCH: Morgan Rielly mic’d up at the World Cup - Pension Plan Puppets
He’s very loud, very celebratory, and very awesome.
(Poor Mo, he was so happy)

Tomas Kaberle officially retires - Pension Plan Puppets
He's finished with pro hockey, but you can still see him play, and in a Leafs jersey, too!

Why Your Team Sucks: New York Rangers - Pension Plan Puppets
NYC sucks.


For your amusement:

The Five Biggest Ottawa Senators Snubs from the World Cup of Hockey - Silver Seven
The Sens only have one player in the World Cup - here’s who else should have made it

For all your pointing and laughing needs.

From our social coordinators:

Sign up for the November PPP Magical Marlies Meetup! - Pension Plan Puppets
Would you like to join PPPPeople at a Marlies game on Saturday November 19? Sign up here.

I am told the total currently stands at 15 people!