Brad Marchand capped a wild comeback with a late short-handed goal, and Canada claimed a second straight World Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Team Europe on Thursday.
Marchand beat Jaroslav Halak with 43 seconds left in regulation, sending the Canadians to a sweep over Europe in the best-of-three final. Marchand’s goal came just over two minutes after Boston Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron tied the game 1-1 on Canada’s fifth power play of the game.
It was the 16th straight best-on-best victory for the Canadians, propped up by a stellar 32-save effort from Carey Price.
Zdeno Chara managed the lone goal for Europe, which led from the early minutes of the first period until Bergeron finally evened up the score at 1-1 with less than three minutes to go in the final period.
Canada was on the verge of being shutout in a best-on-best format for the first time since losing 2-0 to Russia in the quarter-finals of the 2006 Olympics.
Out of sorts for much of their Game 1 win over Europe, Canada came sluggish again on Thursday night.
They didn’t get their first shot on Halak until almost six minutes had passed. Twenty-seven seconds after that, the Europeans took the 1-0 lead when Chara dipped in from the point and beat Price.
It was just the third deficit Canada faced all tournament, and the longest lasting by far. The Canadians trailed for 89 seconds against the U.S. and 72 seconds against Russia.
It took until less than three minutes remained in the third for Canada to get on the board. After Anze Kopitar was called for holding Perry, the Canadian power play finally came to life.
Brent Burns sent a shot from the right point that Bergeron managed to get a stick on, beating a previously perfect Halak. It was the fourth goal of the tournament for the 32-year-old.
Crosby, the tournament MVP, added his World Cup-leading 10th point with an assist on the play.
Canada was back on its heels just over a minute later with Doughty whistled for high-sticking. After Roman Josi rung a shot off the post, an open Marian Hossa was stopped by Price.
It was 20 seconds or so later that Toews entered the offensive zone, sucked in a slew of European defenders before dropping to Marchand, whose shot beat Halak for the game-winner.
It was his tournament-leading fifth goal of the tournament.
Canada remains unbeaten in the best-on-best format since the preliminary round of the 2010 Olympics.