Canada wins Game 1 of World Cup Final

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY SPORTS

Look, I’m not going to bore you with a lot of details here, because this game probably already did a pretty damn good job of boring you with its action. Or lack thereof, rather. Team Canada cruised it’s way to an easy 3-1 victory in front of a half-full and nearly entirely indifferent Air Canada Centre, setting itself up for a game that actually matters on Thursday night. 

Team Europe actually took the first few shots in the outing, even getting a scoring chance before Canada even had an opportunity to take a shot. Not that it mattered, though; the Bruins chunk of the first line, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, went to work and gave the host nation a 1-0 lead in the early moments of the first period. Ten minutes later, the lead was doubled as Ryan Getzlaf instigated as similar cross-crease play to Steven Stamkos, who finally scored his first goal of the tournament.

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Midway through the second period, Tomas Tatar appeared to give the Europeans some light by grabbing a juicy rebound in front of Carey Price and slipping it into a partially open net, cutting the lead in half. But that’s as close as this game got. Bergeron responded to Marchand’s goal with one of his own midway through the third period, as the Canadians pulled back into the lead in shots on goal and cruised their way to victory.

There really wasn’t much to phone home about, overall. Canada’s first line dominated, their back three lines held the fort, not too many penalties were called after the Marchand infraction just a couple of minutes in, and Canada simply looked in a class of their own. 

Clearly, this was not the final that the league was hoping for, and not the one the fans were either, as reflected by the attendance. At best, there appeared to be 12,000 or so in the building, and the “Party in Maple Leaf Square” didn’t come close to what the team was receiving when the Leafs or Raptors were in the playoffs over the past few years. Until the Blue Jays game across the street ended, you could count those watching on the big screen on your hands; a scary thought, all things considered. Hopefully things are better on Thursday night, when something is actually at stake for the host country.

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    • Harry2

      Many people do. Its these BS gimmick teams that have ruined the tourney. You cant tell me that that building wouldnt have been bursting at the seams if it was Canada vs Russia, USA, or Sweden.

  • brodiegio4life

    a tourney that already didn’t have many people’s interest was made even worse by having Europe in the final. Canadian players and fans seem so disinterested in the game last night and I don’t blame them.

  • deantheraven

    You say)”Who’s there?”


    (You say) “Europe, who?”


    This was an effort to raise the level of entertainment value in this WCOH.
    You’re welcome.

  • Soccer Steve

    I’ve heard so many radio, TV, internet media guys commenting on how incredible this tournament has been and I always found myself confused, disagreeing…Now we see the reality. This tournament was always a feeble attempt at a cash grab. From the knock-off style jerseys to the September start to the U23/Europe teams.

    Lame, corporate gimmick to suck some more merch sales from the fan.

  • Still enjoyed the hell out of some really entertaining hockey during a time I usually only have a youngstars tournament and the Bears game. Russia v TNA, TNA v Sweden, Europe beating USA, Canada trouncing USA, Tortarella taking it in the teeth, these were all awesome parts of September I will be excited to see next year. The problem with team Canada is that it’s simply too good. And only looks to get better as the years go by and younger players replace older ones. They are just so incredibly dominant that pretty much any international style tournament, be it Olympics or otherwise, is gonna be a little predictable. That, I think is why TNA was so exciting because they added an element of unpredictability in an otherwise predetermined outcome.

  • jakethesnail


    With training camps starting to ramp up, hockey fans are more interested in following their favorite teams to get an idea of how their seasons will shape up, if their new players, if any, show up and compete for a job.

    Final could have and should have been a one game affair and there would have been more intensity.

    On the other hand, a Ryder Cup, Hockey style would be of more interest. Ryder Cup has USA versus Team Europe; in hockey Team Canada versus the World, Best of Three.

    • Greatsave

      That would be incredible. Can you imagine Crosby’s line going head-to-head off the opening faceoff against Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kane? Team World then rolls out Daniel-Henrik-Voracek that cycles you to death? Followed by Gaudreau-Kuznetsov-Tarasenko that kills you with speed? And after that, a shutdown line of Palat-Kopitar-Hossa? Or maybe you keep team allegiances intact and put Datsyuk between Panarin and Kane, or the triplets Palat-Johnson-Kucherov?

  • Bob Long

    This is in no way as exciting as the Olympics, it just isn’t. I don’t know a single person that cares about this 3… well 2… game finale.

    It should have been scaled back to 6 teams (Canada, US, Russia, Sweden, Finland and Czech’s) and called the Canada Cup, but then it wouldn’t sell as well in the US, right Gary?

  • Haha the last thing count bettman wanted was Europe – Canada in the finals. No real heart to the game now since its not a true rivalry, most players just going through the motions and trying not to get injured.

    Oh well, Dr. Drai and the shinpad sniper will be back in Oilers silks soon enough…

  • Zamboni Driver

    Gotta figure Sid is going to be showered, in a suit and limo to the airport after the first intermission … whenever the next game is – don’t know, don’t care.

    The whole thing has been a complete disaster (other than making boatloads of money – which, I guess helps). Hockey has been fine (at times even good) – time of year is terrible. And it’s not the Olympics – never gonna be.

    Oh and there is ZERO chance ESPN pays 2 cents for hockey coverage ever again. Like, ever.