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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.

Stamkos doubles Canada's lead (0:30)
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4hScott 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.

Marchand scores to give Canada an early lead (0:43)
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2dPierre 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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3dJoe 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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3dJohn 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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1dCraig 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

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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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?

Crosby puts two-way skills on display scoring first goal of game (0:26)
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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.


Craig Custance

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

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Team Canada forward Jonathan Toews discusses how his role is different on this stage and what it's like playing against Blackhawks teammate and Team Europe forward Marian Hossa.


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Jonathan Toews: We want to show much more than we did last night. Bring more energy, more emotion.

Scott Burnside ESPN Senior Writer 

Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock on the character of hockey players no matter their nationality.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

When being asked how Sidney Crosby has put his stamp on the World Cup of Hockey, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock interrupts question and said, "Not quite yet."

Rob Vollman

Restricted free agent Jacob Trouba has demanded a trade from the Winnipeg Jets. Rob Vollman explores their options, and makes a call on what they should do. Where should the Jets trade Trouba?

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Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Canadian Black Aces. Muzzin, Holtby, Giroux.

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Corey Perry: The standard is high for Team Canada.

Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Just chatted with Seidenberg here at the ACC. Really excited to be joining the Isles. 8-9 teams had shown interest but was tired of waiting

Paul Grant ESPN.com 

Matt Duchene: When you're playing with such great players, you just know where you're supposed to be all the time.

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Shea Weber: We didn't play our best game yesterday. We've got to improve again.