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Watch live: Europe vs. Canada in World Cup finals

Team Europe and Team Canada face off in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals at the World Cup of Hockey (live on ESPN and streaming live in the ESPN App/WatchESPN.

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9hCraig 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.


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.

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

Pavelski gets USA on the board with PP goal (0:37)
Malkin scores short side to extend Russia's lead (0:45)


Joe McDonald @ESPNJoeyMac

The one thing the NHL should've done was not schedule any preseason games for tonight or Thursday. All hockey eyes should be on WCH.

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Grubauer, taking reps. Europe is flying!


Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Captain Kopitar is ready for Game 1 of the finals. How about you? 8 et, ESPN.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Carey Price leads Team Canada onto the ice for pregame warmups vs. Jaroslav Halak and Team Europe in the first game of this best-of-three championship series for the World Cup of Hockey at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Part of the announcement today about the NHL's 100th anniversary was celebrating its greatest players. Recognize this guy?

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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...