It was pitted as an uneven, lopsided match-up and that’s exactly what Team USA’s opening match against the makeshift Team Europe was.
It just wasn’t in Team USA’s favor.
The American squad, one of the two favorites in the World Cup of Hockey tournament, was stunned by the Europeans on Saturday, being shutout 3-0.
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Team Europe goalie Jaroslav Halak was arguably his team’s most valuable player, stopping all 35 shots from Team USA.
Though he allowed 3 goals on his first 9 shots seen, it was hard to fault Los Angeles Kings goaltender and Team USA netminder Jonathan Quick on any of the goals.
Kings winger Marian Gaborik would score on Quick in a sudden 2-on-1 rush less than five minutes into the contest to put Team Europe up 1-0.
USA Forward Patrick Kane made a costly turnover near Europe’s blueline in the second period that resulted in a rare 2-on-0 rush led by forward European center Leon Draisaitl, who scored against an overwhelmed Quick.
Patrick Kane on his turnover that led to a Europe goal: "That's a play I've probably made a million times. … That's unacceptable."