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Canada reigns supreme

The World Cup of hockey will be staying in Canada. The Canadian hockey team defeated Finland 3-2 to win its first World Cup/Canada Cup since 1991. The game which was played at the Air Canada Center in Toronto was mostly a defensive affair, where the Canadians were barely able to eek out a victory. The marquee match up was in goal with Martin Brodeur returning after sustaning a wrist injury to face Flames star goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

The game started off on a high for the Canadians with Joe Sakic scoring early in the first period on a pretty feed from Mario Lemieux. The Finns came back later that period when Hahl tipped Lydman's point shot past Brodeur as he cruised through the slot.

The second period saw the two teams trade goals and go into the crucial third, tied 2-2. Shane Doan's goal only 34 seconds into the third period stood as the winner as Team Canada held back the Finns from really mounting much of a threat in the third period. The game saw Joe Thornton collect two assists and Vincent Lecavalier named the tournament's most valuable player.
posted at 23:12:05 on 09/14/04 by HockeyCritic - Category: Hockey Talk

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