Europe beats Sweden 3-2 in OT, advances to World Cup finals

Team Europe's Tomas Tatar, right, celebrates his goal against Team Sweden with teammates Marian Hossa (81) and Anze Kopitar, center, during third-period World Cup of Hockey semifinal action in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
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TORONTO (AP) Tomas Tatar scored his second goal 3:43 into overtime, lifting Team Europe to a 3-2 win Sunday over Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals.

The eight-nation European team will begin a best-of-three series against Canada on Tuesday night.

Europe will be heavy underdogs against the host Canadians, who have won two straight Olympic gold medals and 14 consecutive games in best-on-best tournaments.

That's just the way the Europeans like it.

Few, if anyone, expected the roster of players from the continent's non-traditional hockey powers to be among the final two in the event created by the NHL and the NHL Players' Association.

With goaltender Jaroslav Halak, the Europeans seem to have a shot to stun Canada.

Halak made 37 saves against Sweden.