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3hJoe McDonald

Stamkos says Canada's win 'wasn't our best'

Don't be fooled by the 3-1 score. Canada needs to make better decisions with the puck, limit its turnovers and win more puck battles in Game 2 against Europe at the World Cup.

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Marchand scores to give Canada an early lead (0:43)
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17hCraig 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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1dPierre 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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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
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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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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?

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4dCraig 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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5dChris 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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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)

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Carey Price was the difference for Canada in Game 1.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada forward Steven Stamkos discusses the win over Europe and his first goal of the World Cup of Hockey.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby discusses the 3-1 win over Team Europe.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Canada beats Europe 3-1 in Game 1 of best-of-three World Cup of Hockey Finals in Toronto. The ViewFromVegas is Canada was a lopsided -1000 (odds of 1-10) favorite to win the game, BUT it did not cover the 2.5-goal spread (though there were a couple of close calls on Europe's empty net). The game stayed under the total of 6.

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Carey Price's record remains perfect for Team Canada in best-on-best international play following the World Cup win over Europe in game one of the final. He's been the final piece to the puzzle for an incredible generation of Canadian hockey players.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Canada wins 3-1. One win away from World Cup title. Now 11-0 since start of Sochi tournament. But wasn't a masterpiece tonight to be sure.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Not the road to victory Canada was expecting in Game 1 vs. Europe.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Team Canada, playing at 50 percent of its talent capacity tonight, gets another goal from the top line, Bergeron from Crosby, 3-1 now

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Once again the line of Brad Marchand, Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron connect to wake up Team Canada as it gains a 3-1 lead over Europe at 9:24 of the third period.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Crosby controls it down low and feeds Bergeron, who buries it.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Matt Barzal with a very good game tonight for Islanders, in what will likely be a long preseason and potentially pro season for him.

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

This party needs some music!

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Canada had a little less jump in that period and Europe pounced on it. Collars are getting tighter.