Canada wins ti­tle, ral­ly­ing to beat Europe

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Larry Lage The As­so­ci­ated Press

Brad Marc­hand scored a short-handed goal with 43.1 sec­onds left and Canada beat Team Europe 2-1 on Thurs­day night to win the World Cup of Hockey.

The Cana­di­ans won the best-of-three fi­nals 2-0.

Pa­trice Berg­eron tied it with a power-play goal with 2:53 left in the third, and Marc­hand won it with a shot from the slot.

Canada has won 16 straight games, in­clud­ing two Olympic gold medals, since los­ing to the U.S. in the 2010 Olympics.

Carey Prince made 32 saves for the Cana­di­ans, who started slow be­fore end­ing the tour­na­ment with a fu­ri­ous rally that fired up a once-quiet crowd.

Zdeno Chara scored early for Europe, and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the eight-na­tion team.

Sid­ney Crosby was named MVP of the tour­na­ment with three goals and a World Cup-high 10 points.

Af­ter get­ting that award, he was pre­sented with a sil­ver World Cup of Hockey tro­phy and he skated with it around the ice just months af­ter host­ing the Stan­ley Cup for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer.

He set up the ty­ing goal, pass­ing the puck off the boards to Brent Burns, whose shot just in­side the blue line was redi­rected by Berg­eron’s raised stick.

Crosby was stew­ing af­ter each of the first two pe­ri­ods.

When the game was over, he was sport­ing an ear-toear smile.

The Cana­di­ans closed the game in im­pres­sive fash­ion af­ter a lack­lus­ter start.

In front of an un­en­thu­si­as­tic crowd and a lot of empty seats in the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Cana­di­ans started flat and the Euro­peans made them pay for their ap­par­ent ap­a­thy.

Un­like the last two times Canada trailed briefly to the U.S. and Rus­sia, it could not come back against Europe quickly.

It looked as if it wasn’t go­ing to be Canada’s night when John Tavares had a wide-open net to shoot into, but hit the right post from the bot­tom of the right cir­cle. Ear­lier in the same shift, the New York Is­lan­ders for­ward missed the net on a one-timer op­por­tu­nity.

Canada av­er­aged 4.4 goals over the first five games of the tour­na­ment, giv­ing Price plenty of sup­port. It didn’t score as much in the fi­nal game of the tour­na­ment, but two goals were enough to win thanks to Price.

Chara, a Slo­vakian and Bos­ton Bru­ins de­fense­man, scored from the left cir­cle with a wrist shot through traf­fic two team­mates cre­ated in front of the net off a short, soft pass from An­drej Sek­era in the slot.

Crosby was part of a scrum at the end of the first pe­riod in which his hel­met was knocked off near Europe’s net at the end of the first pe­riod. Af­ter the horn sounded to end the sec­ond, Crosby lin­gered on the ice to shot at Swiss de­fense­man Ro­man Josi.

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