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2hChris Jones

Best frenemies: Mentor, apprentice face off in World Cup finals

Perhaps the most fascinating World Cup of Hockey finals matchup will be Canada's Shea Weber vs. Europe's Roman Josi, two D-men who formed an unlikely but potent partnership with the Predators.

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4hCraig Custance

The blueprint to an upset for Team Europe

It's hard to imagine Team Europe beating Team Canada in a three-game series. If they do, here's how it'll happen, according to Craig Custance.

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20hPierre LeBrun

Team Canada's leaders are battle-tested

You won't see any panic or selfishness from Team Canada's core stars, including Sydney Crosby and Shea Weber, who know what it's like to play through the toughest of situations.


Preview of the World Cup of Hockey Finals

Scott Burnside, Chris Jones, Pierre LeBrun, Joe MacDonald and Craig Custance preview Team Europe's chances against the dominance of Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey Finals. Plus, we hear from Steven Stamkos and Leon Draisaitl.

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2dJoe McDonald

Pride the root of Europe's success

A complete unknown and a bit of a joke early on, Europe has come together and proved with its win over Sweden and a berth in the finals against Canada that it is the real thing.

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2dJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Sidney Crosby's on a roll, but where's the emotion?

For Sunday's Hat Trick Challenge, ESPN anchor John Buccigross wants Sidney Crosby to show more rage and wonders if we'll see one of his Canada linemates make a (Brad) Marchand of the Penguins.

Chris Jones

The funnest day ever

Chris Jones took his son on an epic sports trip -- a Toronto FC game, followed by a World Cup of Hockey game -- and it taught him more about being a dad than anything else.

Tavares wrister from slot gives Canada three-goal cushion (0:34)
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3dPierre LeBrun

Crosby outduels Ovechkin again

In yet another important international head-to-head confrontation, Sidney Crosby emerged victorious, while Alex Ovechkin was shut down. Has Ovechkin's legacy been permanently established?

Crosby puts two-way skills on display scoring first goal of game (0:26)
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3dCraig Custance

Bryzgalov: Canada like Orcs from 'The Hobbit'

Former Team Russia goalie Ilya Bryzgalov still has vivid memories -- and colorful descriptions -- of Canada's dominant win when the teams last met in an important game.

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4dChris Jones

Team USA learns the hard way that heart can be fickle

Team USA, knowing it couldn't match Canada's talent, favored passion over skill when building its World Cup of Hockey roster. The strategy backfired and left the team brokenhearted.


Team USA's exit, semi-finals preview, more

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald and Chris Jones examine Team North America's exit from the World Cup of Hockey and preview the semi-finals matchups.

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5dCraig Custance

Flat Team USA sent packing

Considered one of the favorites before the World Cup, the Americans ended their embarrassing run with a loss to the Czechs, a team many considered the weakest in the tournament.

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Malkin scores short side to extend Russia's lead (0:45)
Ovechkin sets up Tarasenko for easy goal (0:42)
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2016 World Cup of Hockey schedule

Dates have been set for all 17 possible games at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, all to be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.


Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Wayne Gretzky, official ambassador for the NHL's centennial: Crosby is a bit better than Ovechkin because centers have more responsibility.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Gretzky joked that the other day watching TNA play he wondered how much fun it would be to play with Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews...

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Wayne Gretzky watching Wayne Gretzky highlights.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Gary Bettman: We're planning a big party to celebrate our centennial.

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Mikkel Boedker talks about getting his first opportunity to play in the World Cup of Hockey in Game 1 of the tournament finals against Canada Tuesday night.


Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Team Europe head coach Ralph Krueger discusses the loss of Marian Gaborik whose lower body injury will keep him out of the World Cup of Hockey finals against Canada and the start of the National Hockey League regular season. Mikkel Boedker will take Gaborik's place in the lineup.


Christine Newby ESPN 

Canadian defensemen fire shots from the point at Carey Price during Tuesday morning practice. Canada and Europe play Game 1 of the World Cup Final tonight. Pregame show starts at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

When asked by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock gives his strong opinion how the World Cup of Hockey should be set up next time its played. "It's not the Olympics, let's not get confused," Babcock said.


Matthew Coller

The appearance of Team Europe in the World Cup finals is a big enough surprise. But what were some of the other shocks of the event? Matthew Coller identifies a handful. Biggest surprises of the World Cup

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite missing the start of NHL training camps due to the World Cup of Hockey, players said it's easy to keep their focus on the championship round. Sidney Crosby concurs.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada's Brent Burns discusses the Centennial Anniversary of the NHL and which sweaters are his favorite.


Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Good morning Sidney Crosby.