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O'Reilly, Canada win World Cup of Hockey

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The World Cup of Hockey Final was settled in dramatic fashion Thursday night with Ryan O'Reilly and Team Canada claiming the championship on home ice in a 2-1 victory over Team Europe at Air Canada Centre. 

Zdeno Chara scored 6:36 into the game and it looked like that would be all Europe would need to force a winner-take-all Game 3. But Anze Kopitar was called for holding with 3:35 remaining in regulation and Canada scored on the power play 42 seconds later to tie the game when Patrice Bergeron deflected in a point shot by Brent Burns.

Things got more interesting with 1:50 left when Drew Doughty went to the box, giving Europe a chance to regain the lead. Roman Josi hit the post almost immediately and later in the sequence, Marian Hossa was denied by goaltender Carey Price. 

And when Europe couldn't close the deal, Canada struck shorthanded - just seconds after a Team Europe timeout. Brad Marchand scored shorthanded with 43.1 seconds remaining to put Canada ahead for good. 

O'Reilly finished with one shot on goal in 7:58 of action. While he didn't record a point in the tournament, he played a solid role for the Canadians, centering a line with Joe Thornton and Matt Duchene.

With the World Cup over, expect O'Reilly to join the Buffalo Sabres at training camp within the next few days. 

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