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Team Canada Takes Game 1 of World Cup Final

Marchand, Stamkos, Bergeron power Canada to 3-1 win over Europe

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

Team Canada continued its World Cup of Hockey 2016 dominance Tuesday night with a convincing 3-1 win over Nino Niederreiter and the rest of Team Europe in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Tomas Tatar scored Europe's only goal of the night seven minutes into the second period.

Niederreiter was a minus-1 and had one shot in 11 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time. So far in the tournament, he has one assist in five games and is a plus-1 overall with five shots on goal.

Canada scored twice in the first frame. The first goal came at 2:33 from Brad Marchand, whose four goals through five games are the most of any player in the World Cup. Steven Stamkos doubled Canada's lead with a goal at 13:20.

Tatar cut Canada's lead in half in the second period when he scored off a Dennis Seidenberg rebound, but Canada added another tally off the stick of Patrice Bergeron halfway through the third period to make it 3-1. Sidney Crosby assisted on Marchand and Bergeron's goals.

Canada's win in game one puts the team on track to win the World Cup of Hockey, which it can do if it defeats Europe Thursday night. Game two of the best-of-three finals will be at 7 p.m. and broadcast on ESPN2.

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