Canada needs to play a better overall game against Europe or risk — gasp — losing a game

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TORONTO – The hockey game is an official sport of the Canadian winter. Despite a 3-1 victory over Team Europe, Team Canada played like it’s always the fall.

In the least impressive performance of Canada at the World Cup of Hockey, the team improved to 5-0 in this best-on-best tournament. But it was not what most expected of one of the largest collections of talent in history. When the final buzzer sounded, Canada won again a 1-0 lead in this championship series best-of-three, who gets Thursdays (8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Given all the Team Canada has had success on the international stage – they are now 11-0 since the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 and has 15 consecutive wins dating back to the Olympics in Vancouver 2010 – this game was the one of the most unusual performance by the boys with a maple leaf on the chest.

“Well, it was not our best, and we realize that,” said Team Canada forward Steven Stamkos, who scored his first goal of the tournament. “At this point in the tournament, a win is a win, so that’s a good thing. I thought the third period we played better and with a purpose, a certain determination in our style of play, so we hope we can build on that. We achieve the first two periods are not the way we wanted to go out and play. ”

For the first time in this tournament, Canada is not playing his style of play, and Europe took advantage of that. Europe has played a patient, disciplined play. He played the best match for the first 40 minutes. Earlier in the tournament, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said he did not give motivational speeches, given the fact that this file is loaded with veteran leaders. But you can not imagine that he was satisfied with the performance of the team after the second period.

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