The first game of the three game series to determine the winner of the World Cup of Hockey started on Tuesday night in Toronto. Surprising finalist Team Europe takes on the expected finalist Team Canada. Who will win?
Team Europe 1 versus Team Canada 3; Canada leads series 1-0
Steven Stamkos – 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 1 Hit, 12L58 TOI
HE SCORED! HE SCORED! HE SCORED! Stamkos finally did it! He finally found the back of the net in the World Cup of Hockey! We’ve been waiting for this and it finally came. And even better his goal ended up being the game winner. It came with 6:40 to go in the first period and put Canada up 2-0 after Ratface, AKA Brad Marchand, scored 2:33 into the first period. Team Europe’s hero against Team Sweden, Tomas Tatar, scored in the 2nd to cut Canada’s lead but Patrice Bergeron would take the lead back to two goals mid-way through the third period and give Team Canada the final margin of victory.
Stamkos’ goal came on the back door as two Team Europe defensemen lost track of him. Ryan Getzlaf was able to feed it through the gap in the defense and goaltender Jaroslav Halak and Stamkos just had to tap it in from the back post. Stamkos’ 12:58 TOI ended up being 9th on Canada despite finally finding the back of the net. He only had 0:55 of power play time, but it was also a fairly clean game with only three power plays combined and Team Canada only receiving one. He also had 3 total shot attempts.
Team Canada and Team Europe will face off again in game 2 on Thursday night. Team Canada can secure the World Cup of Hockey trophy with a win. If Team Europe can find a way to win, then it will force a game 3 on Saturday.