Thursday, September 29, 2016
Watch: Marchand's Shorty Seals the World Cup for Canada
Canada struck twice in the final 2:53 to erase a 1-0 deficit and win the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. Team Canada fell behind in the first by a surprisingly strong Team Europe team when Zdeno Chara found the twine with a wrist shot that beat Cary Price high at 6:26 of the first. Despite a strong-willed effort from Team Europe that saw them hold an advantage in odd-man rushes of 6-0 at one point, Canada stayed the course and hit the equalizer late in the third when Patrice Bergeron deflected a shot from Brent Burns that bounced and snaked past Jaroslav Halak. Europe looked to be angling for a regulation win Drew Doughty was called for high-sticking at 18:10 but Toews took off on the rush and found Marchand with a perfect drop pass before Marchand whistled the winner past Halak blocker side and low, sending the Air Canada Centre into a frenzy. Canada wins the series 2-0 over Team Europe, and the Canadians finish the tournament a perfect 5-0. Sidney Crosby, who lead all skaters with 10 points in the tournament, was named the MVP. Carey Price stopped 32 of 33 shots for the win in goal. The Canadiens' netminder finishes the tournament 5-0 with a .957 save percentage and a 1.40 GAA. Canada has now won 16 straight games in best-on-best competitions since it dropped a decision to Team U.S.A. in the preliminary round at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.