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2hChris Jones

World Cup ticket upgrade creates hockey magic

It was pure hockey heaven at the World Cup finals for a Canadian grammy and her grandkids -- real fans -- who scored three golden tickets to move down from the rafters to the glamour seats.

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53mCraig Custance

Players poised for post-World Cup boost

Auston Matthews will use his World Cup experience as a springboard for his rookie campaign, and a handful of other players will see a similar boost.

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6hPierre LeBrun

Canada continues greatest run of all time

A perfect 12-0-0 between the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup -- with Thursday night's thrilling 2-1 victory over Europe the latest triumph -- is a stretch of hockey we won't soon forget.

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Chara puts Europe ahead in must-win game (0:39)
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2dJoe McDonald

Zdeno Chara deserves cheers, not jeers

Team Europe's Zdeno Chara is a dedicated defenseman on the ice and a charitable ambassador for the game off of it, Joe McDonald says. So why do fans still boo the veteran Bruins blueliner?

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2dScott Burnside

Europe earns respect even in defeat

Team Europe showed the guts and single-mindedness it has become known for in a short time and gave us a strangely compelling and wholly unexpected effort in a 3-1 loss to Canada.

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Marchand scores to give Canada an early lead (0:43)
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4dPierre 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.

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5dJoe 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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5dJohn 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.

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3dCraig 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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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.

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6dCraig 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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7dChris 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.

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Auston Matthews will use his World Cup experience as a springboard for his rookie campaign, and a handful of other players will see a similar boost. Players poised for post-World Cup boost

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