The World Cup of Hockey 2016 has one game (possibly two) left, and it’s Team Canada who will most likely take the cake. After a dominate win against Russia in the semi-finals, Canada took to the ice in game one of this best-of-three series against Team Europe.
Game one, went to Canada, 3-1. Although, Team Europe played a solid game and if Canada didn’t have Carey Price in the net, the game wouldn’t have looked so easy.
The goals for Canada started off with Boston’s own, Brad Marchand as he netted his 4th goal of the tournament assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby, which has been a reoccurring scene in this tournament.
The second goal of the contest came from Steven Stamkos who has been looking for that goal for a long time, finally gets it off a great play from Ryan Getzlaf.
Tomas Tatar would get Europe’s first (and only) goal, and would cut the lead to just one goal, heading into the final period of play.
But in those final 20 minutes, it was Canada who took control and would get the insurance marker via yet another Bruin, Patrice Bergeron. Sidney Crosby showed his skills behind the net, only to find Bergeron wide open right in front of the crease, and Bergy would make it 3-1. That’s how the game would finish.
Not only would Canada beat Europe in goals, but when it came to hits, they would get some huge ones as well. Here is just one of them by Drew Doughty.
Carey Price stopped 32 of the 33 shots that he faced, while his European counterpart, Jaroslav Halak, stopped 35 out of the 38 shots.
Two things this tournament that were expected nor predicted. Team Europe in the finals, and the line of Marchand-Crosby-Bergeron being so effective.
So far, the trio has combined a total of 22 points. Brad Marchand has 4-3-7 totals, Sidney Crosby has 3-6-9 totals, and Patrice Bergeron has 3-3-6 totals. Not only is this good news for Canada, but it’s exciting news for the Boston Bruins. Maybe not Sidney Crosby, but for sure Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
The Bruins just recently locked up Marchand to an 8 year, $49 million deal, mainly enforced by this performance in the World Cup. Even though Boston doesn’t have a Sidney Crosby, they have some players that could possibly play the top line this season with this duo. Who that is? No one really knows for sure yet.
Make sure to stay tuned to The Real Bruins Blog for more on preseason and regular season and make sure to subscribe to The Real Bruins Blog on YouTube for the best content involving the Boston Bruins, NHL, MMA, and UFC. Stay awesome guys, and I’ll talk to you later.