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By Joshua Clipperton The Canadian Press

Keefe, Tortorella set to match wits as Maple Leafs prepare to meet Blue Jackets

TORONTO - Sheldon Keefe didn't play for long under John Tortorella in Tampa Bay - just 93 of his 125 NHL games.

A high-scoring junior winger, Keefe was out the door by the time his old boss guided the Lightning to their only Stanley Cup victory in 2004.

But both men, set to meet in the league's best-of-five qualifying round, left lasting impressions on the other.

Canada beats Russia for gold at world juniors

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Akil Thomas was in the crowd two years ago when little-used Tyler Steenbergen scored the winning goal for Canada at the world juniors.

Having just turned 18, he made a declaration to his friends.

“I’m going to score that goal one day,” Thomas told them. “That’s going to be me, watch.”

The statement turned out to be eerily prescient.

Canada’s Alexis Lafreniere to return from knee injury at world juniors

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Alexis Lafreniere started by weaving back and forth on the edges of his skates.

Next up was a series of twists and turns as he continued to test what is, at this moment, Canada’s most famous knee. Not long after that, he was taking part in drills with his teammates.

Lafreniere won’t play against Germany, but world junior status is up in the air

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Alexis Lafreniere’s knee injury will keep him out of Canada’s next game at the world junior hockey championship, but the star winger hasn’t been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

The 18-year-old was helped off the ice early in the second period of his team’s embarrassing 6-0 loss to Russia on Saturday after twisting his left knee on an awkward fall.