Marian Gaborik

Europe gets confidence-boosting performance against Canada

Team Europe started fast and strong against Canada, getting three shots on Carey Price and drawing a penalty in the first 21 seconds of Game 1 in the World Cup of Hockey finals.

"They skated right by us on the first shift," Canadian coach Mike Babcock said.

The eight-nation team seemed to be the better squad on the ice for long stretches before losing to Canada 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Instead of skating off discouraged, Europe appears to have boosted its confidence with the relatively competitive game.

"There was quite a bit of time during the game that we were dictating the pace and dictating the game," Slovenian forward Anze Kopitar said....