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18hScott 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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1dJoe 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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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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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.

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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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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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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Who's ready for a little World Cup of Hockey finals action? Coming soon: Canada vs. Europe, 8 ET, ESPN2.

Craig Custance

The NHL game is moving away from slow, plodding defensemen, and the Predators are way ahead of the curve. Craig Custance checks in with GM David Poile. Predators defense may transform how teams are built

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Corey Pronman ESPN Writer 

I don't like the arguments commonly made this time of year about "ruining" players development if they're in the NHL too early. I'm not advocating prematurely putting guys in a regular lineup, but the notion that being brought in 6 months too early somehow completely destroys your future career defies logic. It may hinder development, and it may take a little longer to get where you need to go. But ruin a player? Spare me.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada captain Sidney Crosby discusses Game 2 against Europe and gives his thoughts on the overall World Cup of Hockey.

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada's Brent Burns is rooting for the Blue Jays.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada forward Brad Marchand believes the team is focused and prepared to close out the World Cup of Hockey with a win over Team Europe Thursday night at Air Canada Centre. He also discusses what it's like playing with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby.

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Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock on preparing for a possible clinching game in the World Cup of Hockey .

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