NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 28, 2016
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Home Team in Caps
TEAM CANADA 3, Team Europe 1
TOP LINE PROPELS TEAM CANADA TO VICTORY IN GAME 1 OF FINAL
The line of Sidney Crosby (0-2—2), Brad Marchand (1-1—2) and Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) combined for 2-4—6 to lift Team Canada past Team Europe in the opening game of the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey 2016 final.
* Team Canada improved to 5-0-0 in the World Cup of Hockey 2016, outscoring opponents 22-7 in that span. That includes a +10 margin in the first period (11-1).
* The line of Crosby (3-6—9), Marchand (4-3—7) and Bergeron (3-3—6) has combined for 10-12—22 in five games during the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Those players are the top three scorers in the tournament.
* Crosby also leads the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in assists and plus/minus (+8).
PRICE REMAINS STEADY IN TEAM CANADA NET
Carey Price stopped 32-of-33 shots to guide Team Canada to its victory. In doing so, Price improved to 4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout, all tops in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 (minimum: 2 GP).
Price also upped his record to a perfect 15-0-0 with a 1.05 goals-against average, .961 save percentage and five shutouts in his last 15 appearances for Team Canada dating to the 2007 World Junior Championship (16 GA in 15 GP).
2007 World Junior Championship: 6-0-0, 1.14 GAA, .961 SV%, 2 SO
2014 Olympic Winter Games: 5-0-0, 0.59 GAA, .972 SV%, 2 SO
World Cup of Hockey 2016: 4-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .954 SV%, 1 SO
Team Europe forward Tomas Tatar scored his third goal in his past two games . . . Team Canada defenseman Jay Bouwmeester celebrated his 33rd birthday . . . Team Europe goaltender Jaroslav Halak (35 SV) made at least 35 saves for the fourth time in his five tournament appearances, but fell to 3-2-0 (2.19 GAA, .941 SV%, 1 SO).
REMAINING WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY 2016 SCHEDULE
All Times Eastern
Game 2 – Thursday, Sept. 29
Team Canada @ Team Europe
ESPN2, CBC, TVAS
Game 3 – Saturday, Oct. 1*
Team Europe @ Team Canada
ESPN2, CBC, TVAS
* If necessary
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