The Slovene Anže Kopitar Led the National Team of Europe to the World Hockey Cup
During the semi-finals of the World Hockey Cup, the National Team of Europe defeated the Swedish national team in overtime and reached the finals, where it will have a two-legged tie with the National Team of Canada.
Toronto. The hockey players of the National Team of Europe, headed by the captain Anže Kopitar, beat the Swedish National Team (3:2) and advanced to the Ice Hockey World Cup finals. Tomaš Tatar scored the winning goal in overtime after a pass made by Anže Kopitar. At the finals, the “Europeans” will have a two-legged duel with Canada.
The semi-final game was not a cakewalk for the National Team of Europe. The first period was won by the Swedes, who were putting pressure on the opponents all over the ice-hockey pitch and rained down a cloud of dangerous shots on their net. The visiting team’s defence, led by the backstopper Jaroslav Halak, had to try hard to keep zeros on the scoreboard. The Ralph Krueger’s trainees managed to cope even with the quick goal made by Beckstrom at the beginning of the second third of the match.
The score balance was restored after a successful draw launched by a 29-year-old Slovene Anže Kopitar. The German Christian Ehrhoff continued checking and Marian Gaborik, Kopitar’s partner in the “Los Angeles Kings” NHL Club, made the final assist.
After that, the teams had a struggle with mutual chances of winning. The game intensity was not inferior to the Olympic Games and World Championship matches.
The national teams of Canada and Russia had an uncompromising fight (5:3), where the “Maple Leaves” celebrated success due to the goals made by Sidney Crosby, Corey Perry, John Tavares and the brace by Brad Marchand. The semi-finals success was the 23rd consecutive victory for the National Team of Canada!
The Ice Hockey World Cup, the results of the semi-finals
Sweden—Europe 2:3 (0:0, 1:1, 1:1, 0:1) — in overtime
(Beckstrom, 23, Karlsson, 55, Gaborik, 37, Tatar, 41, 64).
Canada—Russia 5:3 (1:0, 1:2, 3:1)
(Crosby, 8, Marchand, 38, 42, Perry, 46, Tavares, 50; Kucherov, 29, Kuznetsov, 37, Panarin, 60).