Beyond The Benches

Team Europe Heads To World Cup Final

Team Europe took down Team Sweden on Sunday afternoon in the World Cup semifinals with a 3-2 overtime win. The World Cup final series will feature Europe against Team Canada in a best-of-three round starting on Tuesday night.

“I think this is something we’re going to analyze over the next few days, what was good and was not good enough,” Team Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. “We came really close to getting to the final, but we didn’t get there so there’s definitely going to be some soul-searching personally as a group to figure out if we could have done anything different. It’s very disappointing.”

Team Europe goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 out of 39 shots faced beating Lundqvist for the first time in nine games. The last time Halak won a battle against Lundqvist was on Jan. 17, 2010 when the Islanders’ netminder played for the Montreal Canadiens. 

Europe will now look to face Canada who is 4-0 in the competition and in the first round beat Europe 4-1.