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1mJoe McDonald

All eyes on Europe against Canada

It might not seem like a perfect title matchup, but with the way the Europeans have been playing, Sidney Crosby and Canada can't treat them lightly in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey finals.

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5hCraig Custance

How the World Cup will be won

Team Europe is a big underdog against Canada in the World Cup final. How will the series play out? Who will be the heroes? Craig Custance explores.


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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21hJoe 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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1dJohn 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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2dPierre 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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2dCraig 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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3dChris 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.

Abdelkader scores for USA to tie game at 2-2 (0:47)
4dCraig 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.

Pavelski gets USA on the board with PP goal (0:37)
Malkin scores short side to extend Russia's lead (0:45)
Ovechkin sets up Tarasenko for easy goal (0:42)
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4dCraig Custance

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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5dChris Jones

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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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.


Corey Pronman @coreypronman

19 YO Ilya Samsonov-WSH has started the last 3 games for his KHL team, stopping 91 of 95 shots for a .958 SV%.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Brad Marchand: "What I like about Brad, and I'm being very honest about that, is that he's such a professional. He's not done trying to get better. He's not going to sit on his contract and say, ‘I've got it done now, I can relax.' He's got visions of greater things and I know that because I've had him for a long time. I've said all along, for all the things people have heard or seen from him, the things they don't see is a guy that comes to every game extremely prepared and professional on how he gets ready to play. He's so serious when he comes to the rink at night, as far as getting ready. He can have fun and clown around with the guys in practices, but when it comes to games it's all business and he's got it figured out. You've got to enjoy the game and you also have to know when it's time to put your head into your job and he's got that figured out real well."

Craig Custance @CraigCustance

Ralph Krueger about NHL job: "You should never say never about anything in life... I definitely did not take this job hunting for a job."

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Europe coach Ralph Krueger confirms that Marian Gaborik is dealing with a lower body and his status for the World Cup finals is in question. Gaborik was spotted leaving ACC in crutches.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien on Brad Marchand's new contract: "Well, I think it's great for everybody. To me, that contract was a win-win situation for both sides. It's a well-deserved contract for Brad. The way he's grown as a player, as a person and everything else, he's become an elite player, so he's been rewarded for it. At the same time, I really feel it's a friendly cap hit for our hockey club for the type of player he is, so I think both sides won on this, I really do. You hope that's a great example of more of those to come."

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

25 save shutout for Isles Ilya Sorkin yesterday. From 2015-16 to now, he has 15 shutouts in 56 KHL games incl. playoffs.