TORONTO – (Wire Service Report – Special to Digital Sports Desk) – Brad Marchand went from just happy to be here to scoring the winning goal in the World Cup of Hockey. Marchand and Boston Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron scored with less than three minutes left as Team Canada snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by topping Team Europe 2-1 in Game 2 of the final series Thursday in Toronto.
Trailing 1-0 late in the third period, Bergeron scored the equalizer on the power play with 2:53 remaining before Marchand scored the winner shorthanded with 43.1 seconds left.
“Yeah, I think the whole thing has been a bit of a whirlwind,” Marchand said after scoring his fourth goal of the tournament. “When you come into a tournament like this, you’re just trying to take everything in. It’s the biggest stage in the world right now, and to be a part of it is an incredible honor.”
Marchand’s and Bergeron’s center for the tournament, Sidney Crosby, was unanimously voted tournament MVP, becoming the third player to win NHL MVP, the Conn Smyth as playoff MVP, and World Cup MVP. He joins all-time greats Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr.
Crosby, who is the reigning Stanley Cup, World Cup and Olympic champion for another unprecedented trifecta, had three goals and seven assists to go along with a plus-8 rating in the tournament. His line combined for 25 points.
“Everyone wants to be playing for Team Canada,” Crosby said. ” There’s a lot of expectations. We play here, we understand that. But it’s an unbelievable atmosphere to play here at home, to be a hockey player playing for Team Canada and be with this group of guys has been a lot of fun. To be able to win it is special for a lot of reasons, but yeah, it’s just been a great month.”
Zdeno Chara, another Bruins staple, gave Team Europe a 1-0 lead at 6:26 of the first period when he took a feed from Andrej Sekera in the left circle and whipped a shot off Canada goalie Carey Price’s arm and in.
Price made 32 saves.
It looked like that scored would hold up as Team Europe (3-3), made up of players from eight different countries, put a stranglehold on the game that Canada only broke with a late power play.
Anze Kopitar, Europe’s best penalty killer, was called for holding Corey Perry with 3:35 left in the third period.
Canada made him pay, when Bergeron deflected Brent Burns’ shot from the point past Jaroslav Halak (32 saves) to tie the game at 1.
With less than two minutes to play, Europe got a power-play chance when defenseman Drew Doughty high-sticked Tobias Rieder in the Canada defensive zone. But Europe, which did not score a power-play goal the entire tournament, allowed Marchand to take a nifty pass from Jonathan Toews and rip it past Halak.