TORONTO -- Team Canada defeated Team Europe, 3-1, in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
Brad Marchand, Steven Stamkos and Patrice Bergeron each scored, Carey Price made 32 saves and Sidney Crosby had two assists for Team Canada, which can win the best-of-3 final in Game 2 on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, CBC, TVA Sports).
Team Canada was outshot 13-9 in the first period but had a 2-1 lead until Bergeron scored at 9:24 of the third period. Coach Mike Babcock said his team has work to do before Game 2.
"You like things to be perfect every night, but it's just not real," Babcock said. "We need more guys on deck [in Game 2] than we had tonight."
Tomas Tatar, who scored twice, including in overtime in a semifinal win against Team Sweden on Sunday, scored for Team Europe. In two games against Team Canada in the World Cup, Team Europe has been outscored 7-2. However, Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger was confident his team will be ready for Game 2.
"We all know in this type of series, the order you win the games is irrelevant," Krueger said. "We have a group that understands the opportunity we're in. This [loss] will pull us together, make us even that much tighter."
Here's the Game 1 story.
World Cup future sites
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the League would discuss sites for future tournaments once the World Cup is over.
Here's the story.