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Duchene Helps Canada To World Cup Glory

Canada has won 16 straight contests in a best-on-best format

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Canada continues to reign supreme.

Team Canada scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation, including tallying the winning goal shorthanded, to defeat Team Europe 2-1 and win the World Cup of Hockey championship at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Thursday night.

Europe was minutes away from forcing a series-deciding Game 3 that would have been played on Saturday night, but Boston Bruins teammates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand wouldn't allow it.

Bergeron tied the contest on the power play with 2:53 left in the third period, tipping Brent Burns' point shot past goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Marchand scored the winner from the slot with 43.1 seconds remaining on the game clock, capitalizing on a Canada short-handed rush while Drew Doughty was serving a high-sticking penalty.

It was Canada's second-straight victory and sixth overall in the World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup. Canada, which went 6-0-0 in the tournament, has won 16 consecutive contests in a best-on-best format since the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Its last loss came in its first preliminary round game that year against the United States.

Canada had defeated Europe 3-1 on Tuesday in the first game of the best-of-three final.

Zdeno Chara, also of the Bruins, recorded Team Europe's only goal at 6:26 of the first period.

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene finished with one shot in 7:24 of ice time while playing on Canada's fourth line with Joe Thornton and Ryan O'Reilly. The Haliburton, Ontario, native has now won four championships with Team Canada in the last three years, also earning a gold medal at the 2014 Olympics and helping his country to titles at both the 2015 and 2016 World Championship.

Duchene will now return to Colorado and prepare for the start of the NHL season, which begins for the Avs on Oct. 15. He is expected to take part in his first practice with the Avalanche early next week.

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