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Canada beats Europe in WC finals opener

Canada's Patrice Bergeron, second from right,celebrates his goal against Europe with teammates Brad Marchand (63), Sidney Crosby (87), Drew Doughty (8) and Jay Bouwmeester as Europe's Mats Zuccarello (63) skates by during the third period of Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey finals, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Brad Marchand and Steven Stamkos scored in the first period and Canada cruised to a 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey finals on Tuesday night.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series is Thursday night.

Patrice Bergeron's goal midway through the third period created a two-goal cushion.

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Points
Rank Player Pts G A
1 P. Kane, Chi1064660
2 J. Benn, Dal894148
3 S. Crosby, Pit853649
4 J. Thornton, SJ821963
5 E. Karlsson, Ott821666
6 J. Pavelski, SJ783840
7 J. Gaudreau, Cgy783048
8 B. Wheeler, Wpg782652
9 A. Panarin, Chi773047
10 E. Kuznetsov, Was772057
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Goals Against Average
Rank Player GAA
1 B. Bishop, TB2.06
2 J. Gibson, Anh2.07
3 B. Elliott, StL2.07
4 C. Schneider, NJ2.15
5 B. Holtby, Was2.20
6 J. Quick, LA2.22
7 M. Jones, SJ2.27
8 M. Neuvirth, Phi2.27
9 M. Fleury, Pit2.29
10 J. Halak, NYI2.30
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