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World Cup of Hockey Finals: Team Europe battles finals favorite Canada for the title

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Although considered as a heavy underdog coming into the tournament, Team Europe played really impressive, just as impressive as the Canadian team. The two powerhouse teams will meet at the finals after Team Europe rallied past team Sweden to clinch the last spot for the World Cup of Hockey finals on Tuesday.

Tomas Tatar, forward for the Detroit Red Wings, scored two goals for Team Europe. His second goal gave his team the lead and eventually the win 3 minutes 43 seconds into overtime. They outscored the Swedes 3-2 to clinch a spot in a best-of-three championship series against Canada.

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According to Winging It In Motown, Team Europe came into the tournament hoping to get another shot at defeating Team Canada. The Europeans were beaten by Canada just a few nights before they secured a semifinals match against Sweden to get to the World Cup of Hockey finals.

Meanwhile, after having beaten by Canada in the 2014 Sochi gold medal match, Team Sweden also had a score to settle with the Canadians. Team Europe, however, did not give them any chance.

“We’ve said from the start, ‘Play for your countries’,” European coach Ralph Krueger said. “When you hear the Swedish anthem, it’s yours. When you hear the Czech anthem, it’s yours. When you hear the Canadian anthem, it’s yours. And the players have bought into that. Play together, play together with the puck, play together without the puck, fight for each other, but play for your countries, and it’s taken us a long way.”

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Bleacher Report said that although Team Europe is a mixture of talent from different countries in the European region, they are still going to face the toughest challenge of the tournament in Team Canada. The Canadians have an outstanding record when it comes to winning. They have outscored their opponents 19-6 in four games.

“The story continues,” Tatar said. “We know and respect Canada and how good they are, but we will be together and we will battle together for a win.”

Photo courtesy: Henrik Eriksen/Flickr

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