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Niederreiter, Team Europe Fall in World Cup Final

Swiss forward to return to Minnesota

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / http://www.wild.com

After a largely successful World Cup of Hockey 2016 run, Nino Niederreiter is headed back to the Twin Cities.

Facing elimination in Game 2 of the finals Thursday, Team Europe lost 2-1 to Team Canada. That means the host country is the champion and the eight-nation European team's run through the knockout round came up just short.

Tweet from @TeamEUR_WCH: It's amazing what can happen when nations come together. Thanks for the memories. #TeamEUR #WCH2016 pic.twitter.com/dj7L3pxMJz

Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal with 44 seconds left, allowing Canada to sweep Europe in the best-of-3 series. Canada's last loss in best-on-best competition came during pool play at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a streak that now sits at 16 games.

Switzerland native Niederreiter was a plus-1 with an assist in six World Cup contests. He is expected to join the team immediately, although coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't sure after Thursday night's preseason game against Winnipeg when Niederreiter's first practice or preseason game would be.

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