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Canada clinches first in Group A with win

Canada beat Team Europe 4-1 to take sole possession of first in Group A

by Chris Wescott | Head Writer @TheChrisWescott /

Team Europe failed to generate many shots on net, while Canada capitalized on their chances and the home team clinched first place in Group A with a 4-1 win.

By the end of the second period, Canada had outshot the Europeans 30-9. Canada also scored on three of those shots through the first 40 minutes.

Sidney Crosby opened scoring at 4:01 of the first period. Crosby picked up the puck behind the net and wrapped around backdoor of Jaroslav Halak.

A failed play off the boards by Halak resulted in a turnover and it was Jonathan Toews who potted the second goal of the night off that, at 19:05 of the opening frame.

Marian Hossa cut the lead back to one at 4:38 of the second. Hossa slid a steep angle shot beneath Corey Crawford to make it 2-1.

Toews potted his second of the night at 14:48 of the middle frame to make it a 3-1 game heading into the third.

Logan Couture closed out the scoring with a goal at 17:33 of the final frame, to make it a 4-1 final.

The Canadians outshot Europe 46-20. They will play either Russia or North America in the semi-finals.

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