Paulina Gretzky

Team Europe is game, but Canada gets the 3-1 victory in Game 1 of World Cup final

Team Europe is game, but Canada gets the 3-1 victory in Game 1 of World Cup final

The best effort the multi-cultural Team Europe could muster against mighty Canada was good but not good enough to win the opener of the World Cup final. If this were an NHL season or a best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series, the moral victory Europe claimed after its 3-1 loss Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre might mean something, might launch a championship run.

But for Team Europe, which has boasted it is free of pressure because it has no past and no future as currently built, there will be no long run. A loss on Thursday will leave the World Cup trophy in Canada and continue the host country’s international domination.

“We’re certainly disappointed right...

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