It all comes down to this! Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey takes place on Sept. 27, with heavy favorites Canada taking on underdog Team Europe. Who will take the first win and be one step closer to winning the World Cup? It’s going to be epic so click to watch.
It’s the first game in this “Best of 3” finals. The first squad to score two victories will be crowned the first World Cup winner since 2004. Will Canada claim the cup or will Team Europe pull off another jaw-dropping upset by defeating the Canadians on their home turf? Coverage begins at 7:30 PM ET so don’t miss a single second of this game.
Hockey fans can see this match online via ESPN’s official live stream (after they enter in their cable information first.) CLICK HERE TO WATCH GAME 1 OF THE WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY FINALS – CANADA VS. EUROPE LIVE STREAM
Team Europe (full of players from eight different European countries) wasn’t expected to make it past the Group Stages, but they came in second in Group A after blanking the USA, 3-0, and sneaking a 2-3 OT victory past the Czech Republic. Overtime seems to favor the Europeans, as they stunned the world by defeating Sweden, 3-2, in another overtime victory.
Canada has absolutely owned the World Cup of Hockey. They demolished the Czechs, 6-0, and embarrassed the US, 4-2. During the group play, Canada even conquered Europe, beating the European hodgepodge team, 4-1. That’s why Canada is considered the heavy favorite to claim the World Cup of Hockey.
“We’ve been dealing with that since this tournament started,” Steven Stamkos, 26, forward for the Canadian team, told the Los Angeles Times. “The expectation that we’re supposed to win and the pressure of playing in front of our fans. We have a willingness to buy in and play the right way to win.”
Whatever way they’ve been playing, it’s worked. Canada hasn’t lost a single game in the World Cup of Hockey tournament and they hope to keep that perfect record in tact. Will Europe fall once again, or will they do what no one else has been able to do and beat Canada?
HollywoodLifers – who do you want to win this game? Are you cheering Canada on or are you hoping Europe can pull off the upset?