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Europe defeats Sweden to advance to World Cup of Hockey final

After a 3-2 overtime victory over Sweden, Team Europe will play in the World Cup of Hockey final vs. Canada.

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Who comes back for Team USA?

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey couldn't have gone much worse for Team USA. Which players will be back representing the country in the future?

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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.

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16hPierre 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?

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1dCraig 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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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.

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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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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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What to expect from Patrik Laine in the NHL

Though Patrik Laine has not done much on the score sheet in the World Cup, his game has drawn comparisons to all-time greats, Craig Custance writes.

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North America amazes in one thrilling minute

The sport's future flashed before Sweden's eyes as Team North America's kids put on a dazzling display of speed and skill in one hot minute at the World Cup of Hockey.

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In wake of collapse, U.S. faces hard questions

The players have had their say, but if the USA Hockey brass aren't doing a lot of soul-searching about the implications of a disastrous showing at the World Cup of Hockey, they should be.

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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.

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Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Canada GM Doug Armstrong on Europe: They're a hell of a team, not just a good story.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Tomas Tatar scores his second goal of the game to send Team Europe to the World Cup finals against Canada. Europe, against all odds, just keeps on winning. Amazing.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Tatar gets the winner after the goal is reviewed. Europe moves on to face Canada in the finals. Stunner!

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Make it Tatar scoring in OT, what a shocker. Goal stands after video review. Team Europe to face Team Canada in best-of-three final. Wow!

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

We are going into OT, people. Next goal wins!

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Sweden! Sweden!

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Anton Stralman sweeps away a puck that was about to trickle past the goal line after a Thomas Vanek shot beat Henrik Lundqvist. If Sweden comes back to win, that's a turning point.

Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

Team Sweden spent plenty of practice time working on scoring from point-blank range but Europe is clearing out the dirty areas well so far.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Pretty good pressure from the Swedes on that PP but Jaroslav Halak holds the fort and now we're down to 13:27 remaining in regulation.

Scott Burnside @ESPN_Burnside

Team Europe has out-shot Sweden 18-10 since the first period. If Swedes lose will be a lot of headscratching back home re passive game plan.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Europe! Europe!

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

If Sweden doesn't advance past Europe, this may be the final best-on-best international period of play for the great Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Amazing though how Ralph Krueger has brought players from 8 nations together in a short time into a cohesive unit. Truly impressive.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Had you said when Euro was down 9-1 after 4 periods of exh play that it'd be tied after 40 min in semis, would have said you were on crack

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Europe the better team as the second period progressed against Sweden. The team that some people thought might not win a game is now a winning third period away from advancing to the World Cup finals.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

We head to the second intermission deadlocked. Well, we were expecting a one-goal game.