To the surprise of absolutely Nobody: Team Canada swept the World Cup of Hockey 2 games to None to capture the title, but it was who they beat and the manner in which they did was the
. Team Europe, a put-together squad of NHL players from Nations Not being Finland, Sweden, Russia or Czech Republic from which not much was expected - made it to the finals after Tomas Tatar's sneaker past Lundqvist to beat Sweden in overtime 3-2. After dropping a mistake filled Game 1 3-1 - The Europeans played the near perfect game vs. Canada taking a 1-0 lead deep into the third period. After getting a power play with a little over 2 minutes to go Canada remembered they were ... Canada with Patrice Bergeron deflecting a Brent Burns boomer from the point to tie the game and Brad Marchand notching a shorthanded goal with 43.1 seconds remaining for the game and cup winning tally. While Team Europe is a nice story, in this tourney there are NO "participation awards" (i.e.
). Since the 1976 Canada Cup, there have been 13 So Called "Best-on-Best" Tournaments: Canada has won 9 of them.
One of the nice stories to come out of the 2016 WCH was the fast, exciting play of the U23 Team North America, only their not beating Sweden in regulation kept them from the knockout stage. While the ugliest had to be the execution (
Yes, I'm in favor of it) of Team USA - going 0-3 and not really being "in" any of the games they played in. My Opinion ... later!