NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 28, 2016

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NHL BRIEF: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY EDITION – SEPT. 28, 2016

Welcome to the “NHL Brief: World Cup of Hockey Edition,” a daily collection of the latest news and notes from the tournament.

TUESDAY’S RESULT

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.

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 Final - Game One - Europe v Canada
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 27: Patrice Bergeron #37 of Team Canada is congratulated by his teammates Sidney Crosby #87 and Brad Marchand #63 following his third period goal during Game One of the World Cup of Hockey final series at the Air Canada Centre on September 27, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

* 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).

A breakdown:

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

LOOSE PUCKS

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
8 p.m.
ESPN2, CBC, TVAS

Game 3 – Saturday, Oct. 1*
Team Europe @ Team Canada
7 p.m.
ESPN2, CBC, TVAS
* If necessary

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

MIC’D UP: Best of Team Canada and Team Europe . . . Team Europe forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare . . . PLAYER BLOGS: Team Europe forward Leon Draisaitl and Team Canada forward Matt Duchene . . . Southampton FC shared its support of Team Europe and head coach Ralph Krueger, who is chairman of the Premier League team . . . The Detroit Red Wings announced that they will wear a commemorative patch in honor of the legendary Gordie Howe, who passed away in June . . . Canadian country music star Brett Kissel performed the Canadian national anthem prior to Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 final.

World Cup Of Hockey 2016 Final - Game One - Europe v Canada
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 27: Brett Kissel sings the national anthem before Team Europe takes on Team Canada during Game One of the World Cup of Hockey final series at the Air Canada Centre on September 27, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

NHL UNVEILS 2017 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS . . .

The NHL announced that it will venerate its history, celebrate its present and anticipate its future with a year-long Centennial celebration in 2017, aided by the incomparable Wayne Gretzky serving as official Centennial Ambassador.

The Centennial celebration will begin Jan. 1, 2017, with the NHL Centennial Classic at BMO Field in Toronto. It will witness the unveiling of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles Jan 27-29.

And it will visit every NHL market and dozens of other local hockey communities during a 12-month festival of events and content initiatives culminating with the anniversary of the League’s founding Nov. 26 and first games Dec. 19.

Click here for complete details as well as a calendar of celebrations.

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. . . LEAGUE ALSO REVEALS OUTDOOR GAME LOGOS

The NHL also unveiled the logos for the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic and 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The 2017 NHL Centennial Classic will be held Sunday, Jan. 1, at BMO Field in Toronto, between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings (3 p.m., NBC, SN, TVAS).

The 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m. ET, NBC, SN, TVAS2).

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