TORONTO (AP) – Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal with 43.1 seconds left and Canada beat Team Europe 2-1 on Thursday night to win the World Cup of Hockey.
The Canadians won the best-of-three finals 2-0.
Patrice Bergeron tied it with a power-play goal with 2:53 left in the third, and Marchand won it with a shot from the slot.
Canada has won 16 straight games, including two Olympic gold medals, since losing to the U.S. in the 2010 Olympics.
Carey Prince made 32 saves for the Canadians, who started slow before ending the tournament with a furious rally that fired up a once-quiet crowd.
Zdeno Chara scored early for Europe, and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the eight-nation team.
Sidney Crosby was named MVP of the tournament with three goals and a World Cup-high 10 points.
After getting that award, he was presented with a silver World Cup of Hockey trophy and he skated with it around the ice just months after hosting the Stanley Cup for the second time in his career.
He set up the tying goal, passing the puck off the boards to Brent Burns, whose shot just inside the blue line was redirected by Bergeron’s raised stick.
Crosby was stewing after each of the first two periods.
When the game was over, he was sporting an ear-to-ear smile.
The Canadians closed the game in impressive fashion after a lackluster start.
In front of an unenthusiastic crowd and a lot of empty seats in the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canadians started flat and the Europeans made them pay for their apparent apathy.
Unlike the last two times Canada trailed briefly to the U.S. and Russia, it could not come back against Europe quickly.
It looked as if it wasn’t going to be Canada’s night when John Tavares had a wide-open net to shoot into, but hit the right post from the bottom of the right circle. Earlier in the same shift, the New York Islanders forward missed the net on a one-timer opportunity.
Canada averaged 4.4 goals over the first five games of the tournament, giving Price plenty of support. It didn’t score as much in the final game of the tournament, but two goals were enough to win thanks to Price.
Chara, a Slovakian and Boston Bruins defenseman, scored from the left circle with a wrist shot through traffic two teammates created in front of the net off a short, soft pass from Andrej Sekera in the slot.
Crosby was part of a scrum at the end of the first period in which his helmet was knocked off near Europe’s net at the end of the first period. After the horn sounded to end the second, Crosby lingered on the ice to take a shot at Swiss defenseman Roman Josi.