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TORONTO -- With the United States facing elimination against Canada at the World Cup of Hockey, coach John Tortorella chose to scratch two players hes very familiar with for the sake of what he hopes is the best lineup.Center Brandon Dubinsky and defenseman Jack Johnson will be scratched for the Americans must-win game against Canada on Tuesday night. Tortorella coaches those players in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and knows Dubinsky well from their time together with the New York Rangers.Winger Kyle Palmieri and defenseman Dustin Byfuglien replace Dubinsky and Johnson in the lineup after being out for the tournament-opening 3-0 loss to Team Europe. Jonathan Quick is expected to start in goal, with Ben Bishop backing up and Cory Schneider scratched.It kills me to take (Dubinsky) out because of how he competes, Tortorella said Tuesday morning. Its tough to scratch Jack Johnson, too. Its tough to scratch Cory Schneider. This is a really big game for USA Hockey, and to tell a couple guys, three guys, theyre not playing, that was hard.The United States must defeat Canada to remain alive in the tournament.Tortorella said the coaching staff agonized over the lineup decisions and combinations. Ultimately the group decided it wanted Palmieri, a 30-goal scorer, and Byfuglien, a big, physical force with a heavy shot, on the ice and on the power play.We hope (Byfuglien) scores a power-play goal, Tortorella said. He obviously was disappointed he didnt play the first game. I think hes really going to try to make a difference tonight. He needs to stay disciplined but also not test the waters and make a difference here.Dubinskys absence is a curious one given his experience shadowing Canadian captain Sidney Crosby throughout their careers. That job could now fall to David Backes or Ryan Kesler, who wants this to be as edgy a game as possible.Hopefully (the referees) let us play tonight, Kesler said.The U.S. needs to balance playing physical and finishing chances to score. Palmieri, an injury replacement for another Tortorella favorite, Ryan Callahan, is better at putting the puck in the net than putting an opponent into the glass.Palmieri doesnt mind being asked to do both.I think our team needs a little spark and hopefully I can go in there tonight and provide that, whether that be a goal and maybe a big hit, just a big play to get our team going tonight and get ourselves into it and just go from there, Palmieri said.Asked Sunday would it would mean to be in the lineup against Canada, Byfuglien said, Its everything.Getting Palmieri and Byfuglien in seemed like a no-brainer after the U.S. lacked quality scoring chances against Europe on Saturday. Choosing to sit two Blue Jackets players who have long histories with USA Hockey stood out, but Tortorella said that wasnt part of the consideration.No, I cant bring that into the process here, Tortorella said. Thats unfair. We have our 23 guys no matter whos coaching them. Its just for this team, this game, and we made the decision to go this way.Carey Price starts in goal for Canada, with Corey Crawford backing up and Braden Holtby scratched. Canada is expected to stick with the same lineup it used in a 6-0 rout of the Czech Republic on Saturday, which means forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Jake Muzzin out.---Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno . Fake NHL Jerseys . The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. Fake Baseball Jerseys . 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In the first interview he has granted since being dismissed as Oregons football coach, Mark Helfrich said he reached out to former Ducks coach Chip Kelly a couple of weeks ago, when Helfrich thought he could be fired.Helfrich told?ESPN Radios Russillo & Kanell that he contacted Kelly when it started going south for the Ducks and the rumors heated up, in the interest of trying to save his assistants jobs.When you start thinking of your assistants and all the support staff and all those people, if he were to come back here, some of those people would be saved, Helfrich said.Helfrich was fired by Oregon on Tuesday after four seasons with the Ducks. He took Oregon to the first College Football Playoff championship game two seasons ago, but the team faltered this past season, going 4-8 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12.Kelly reiterated Wednesday that he intends to remain the coach of the?San Francisco 49ers.Many criticized the Ducks news release announcing Helfrichs firing this week, which detailed his four-year tenure in less-than-glowing terms.Among the notes about Helfrich that the release cited, it said the Ducks had to rely on graduate transfers to play quarterback entering the 2015 and 2016 seasons and pointed out how the Ducks went for two after all five of their touchdowns and converted once in their 35-32 loss to Nebraska on Sept. 17.A little disappointing, for sure, but nothing Ill think twice about, Helfrich said of the release. Theres no doubt about the aawkwardness?of all of this.dddddddddddd.Helfrich, who grew up in Oregon and was recruited by the Ducks as a walk-on, was asked whether his dismissal hurt more because it was Oregon that fired him.It would be a lot easier if you were getting fired from wherever else -- LSU, Texas, wherever else that is, he said. Very proud of what we accomplished here. Ive had a million text messages and messages and phone calls and conversations with people around the country, players and coaches that weve been with.Helfrich also spoke about Oregons national status, as well as the rise of the Pac-12, particularly with No. 4 Washington vying for a spot in the College Football Playoff.The uniform thing, quote unquote, has caught on everywhere else. Everybody is doing that in some way, shape or form, Helfrich said of Oregons innovative uniform designs. The facilities, in the conference and nationally, theres an ongoing battle to one up everybody. And theres things out there that people go elsewhere and are equally as wowed as when they came to Eugene. And then I think the conference is a lot different than it was 10 years ago in both of those realms, whether its which teams are up, which teams are down and a very competitive situation everywhere, as far as facilities and a commitment to great football.The Associated Press contributed to this report. ' ' '

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