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Old 06-14-2017, 11:52 AM   #1 
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Team Europe upsets United States in World Cup opener shut-out

TORONTO Marian Gaborik, Leon Draisaitl and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored, Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves and Team Europe upset the United States 3-0 on Saturday in a stunning opening game at the World Cup of Hockey Playing his first game since March 8 because of a groin injury, Halak was up to the task, especially in the third period. Jonathan Quick allowed three goals on 17 shots but fell victim to blunders in front of him. A mistake by defenseman Ryan McDonagh allowed Europe to get a 2-on-1 rush for Gaboriks goal, and a turnover by Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane set up a 2-on-0 for Draisaitls. Tomas Tatar tries to get a third period shot on Team USA goalie Jonathan Quick. Losing in regulation puts the Americans in a deep hole with only two games left in the preliminary round. They face favored Canada on Tuesday night. The U.S. went into the first World Cup game in 12 years as the favorite against a European team made up of players from Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Norway, Denmark, France and Slovenia European coach Ralph Krueger declared earlier in the day: Were going to be a competitive team here today, and were ready to look America in the eyes. That was clear from the drop of the puck. It didnt help that the U.S. kept giving Europe golden opportunities. McDonaghs ill-advised pinch freed up Frans Nielsen and Gaborik for a 2-on-1, and Quick had little chance of stopping it at 4:19 of the first period. After playing only 4:45 in the first, Kane tried to skate through two European players and had the gaffe of the game. Draisaitl picked it off, executed a perfect give-and-go with Nino Niederreiter that made it 2-0 Europe 4:02 into the second. USAs T.J. Oshie is moved from the crease by Zdeno Chara. At 14:10 of the second it looked like the U.S. was on the board with a power-play goal off the helmet of Derek Stepan. But after video review, referee Kelly Sutherland announced that van Riemsdyk intentionally directed the puck in with his chest. Europe dealt the final blow at 18:32 of the second when Bellemare deflected Jannik Hansens shot past Quick. Notes: U.S. coach John Tortorella scratched defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, forward Kyle Palmieri and goaltender Cory Schneider. Ben Bishop served as Quicks backup. Forward Mikkel Boedker and defenseman Luca Sbisa were scratched for Europe.

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