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TORONTO -- One game into the World Cup of Hockey, the United States is on the verge of elimination.The U.S. goes into its showdown against Canada on Tuesday night needing a victory to survive and give itself a chance to advance to the semifinals.A loss in the opener to Team Europe and Europes overtime victory over the Czech Republic on Monday made this a win-or-go-home game for the Americans.U.S. players circled the game against Canada as the biggest game of the tournament as soon as the schedule was released. Based on their precarious position, it has become exactly that.We were looking forward to this game as a great measuring stick, and the result of not winning the first game is its also for our lives now, center David Backes said. We cant hold anything back. This is all the chips on the table for our team, and we need to play desperate.Coach John Tortorella called it the Americans championship game even before it was clear that they had to win to stay alive. He expects a charged atmosphere at Air Canada Centre, where the U.S is the enemy and is facing a must-win game.Playing there, against them, everybody wants us knocked out, Tortorella said Monday. I cant wait, and I think our players cant wait for this game to start. Its going to be a blast.The United States focus has been on Canada, but the host and tournament favorite is focused on itself. Goaltender Carey Price called facing the U.S. just another game, and Canada is going about its business as usual.The most important game youre playing in these tournaments is the one youre playing tomorrow, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said.Canadian players even brushed aside eliminating the U.S. as a source of motivation. Canada just wants to beat everyone.I dont think we really look at their situation, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. I think we know the magnitude of the game just because of who were playing -- the rivalry and all that.For us, I dont think we should really be concerned. We know how important it is [for the U.S.], but its important to us, too, because weve got to win those games to move on.Canada would clinch a spot in the semifinals for itself and Europe with a win.Some things to watch when the U.S. faces Canada:Kane and Abdelkader -- Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane is expected to play on a line with grinder Justin Abdelkader and center Derek Stepan. Abdelkader isnt a linemate anyone expected to play with Kane, but Tortorella thinks the Detroit Red Wings winger has been strong and needs to play more.I need to get in on the forecheck, use my size, use my physicality to create opportunities, Abdelkader said. Wherever he uses me, wherever he puts me, Ill be ready. Im not going to change anything with my game.Containing Crosby -- If the U.S. is going to have any success, itll have to keep Canadas potent first line of Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron from doing too much damage. Checking center Brandon Dubinsky has guarded Crosby many times, but stopping the Canadian captain will require a team effort.Price perfect -- Price hasnt allowed a goal in international competition in 224:19, counting the World Cup opener and the semifinal and final at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. U.S. goaltender Jonathan Quick was brilliant against Canada in Sochi, allowing one goal on a deflection by Jamie Benn, whos injured and not playing in this tournament.Back to buff -- All signs point to defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Kyle Palmieri being back in the U.S. lineup after being healthy scratches in the loss to Europe. 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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Joe Logan ran for?147 yards, including touchdown runs of 65 and?4 yards,?to lead Northern Arizona to a 20-14 win over Montana State Saturday night.The Lumberjacks (1-2 Big Sky, 2-4 overall), who were picked to win the Big Sky,?built a 20-0 lead in the third quarter in earning their first league win of the season as they cling to FCS playoff hopes.Luke Nguyen preserved the win when he forced a fumble and Xavier Stephens recovered?after MSU drove to the Lumberjack 35 with 24 seconds to play.MSU (0-3, 2-4) struggled offensively for nearly three quarters.?Starting quarterback Tyler Bruggman was replaced early in the game, but backup Chris Murray wasnt much more effective. Bruggman returned later in the half only to see Murray start the second half and lead the Bobcats on two scoring drives.Blake Kemp, filling in for injured starter Case Cookus, was 25-for-40 passing for?195 yards. MSUs Chad Newell scored MSUs?first touchdown on a 9-yard scamper in the third quarter, while Murray ran in the second from 20 yards out.dddddddddddd?The game was scoreless?until 11:14 to go in the second quarter when NAU kicker Griffin Roehler connected on a 37-yard field goal.? Roehler would hit from 31 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 13-0.TAKEAWAYNAU gets a key win as it awaits the return of pre-season All-Big Sky quarterback?Cookus. Cookus was injured in a 45-30 loss at home to league-leading Eastern Washington.MSU continues to try to re-build from a 5-6 season. The Bobcats played 12 freshmen against NAU.??NEXT UP:NAU hosts Idaho State. The Bengals was idle this week and will go into the game with a 1-1 league record.MSU travels to Weber State. The Wildcats were 2-2 going into Saturday nights game against Portland State. 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