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10hScott Burnside

Canada can't take plucky Europeans lightly in Game 2

Does Team Europe have enough to send the World Cup to a third, deciding game? Or will Canada clinch its third consecutive best-on-best tournament title in Game 2 (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET)?

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23hESPN.com

How to make the World Cup even better

As the 2016 World Cup winds down, we wondered: What should the next one look like? Our writers weigh in on how to make best-on-best even better and if Europe and the young guns should come back.

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1dScott 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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20hCraig Custance

The NHL's version of Team North America

Craig Custance explores how one team's general manager is working to build an NHL version of Team North America.

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3dPierre 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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4dJoe 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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4dJohn 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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2dCraig 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.

Chris Jones
4d

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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4dPierre 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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5dCraig 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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6dChris 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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Christine Newby ESPN 

Dennis Seidenberg signed with the New York Islanders on Wednesday, and he has the Islander sticker on his World Cup helmet at practice Thursday morning.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Europe is committed to excellence as coach Ralph Krueger talked about after the game-day skate as team prepares to face Team Canada in Game 2 of the World Cup of Hockey finals.

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Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Thomas Vanek of Team Europe on preparing for a must-win game against Canada Thursday night in the World Cup of Hockey finals.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada coach Mike Babcock checking out the competition.

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Crosby/Marchand/Bergeron. Crosby's six assists lead #WCH2016 as do Marchand's four goals. In terms of points, the line ranks 1, 2 and 3.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

To the NHL team comms people who follow me, upon announcing cuts, please put updated roster or link in the press release! Your pal, Corey.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Jake Guentzel is a name to remember this season. Was fantastic for Baby Penguins in AHL playoffs. Strong game tonight vs. Chicago.