Team Canada won the Spengler Cup on Monday after defeating hosts HC Davos 7-2. It is the first time since 2007 that the Canadians have claimed the trophy and the 12th time overall they have won the tournament since they began participating in 1984.
The final game was never really in question as Patrice Bergeron scored 46 seconds into the contest and set-up another less than three minutes later off of a faceoff that Derrick Walser put into the back of the net. Bergeron ultimately finished with a goal and three assists on the night. Both Ryan Smyth and John Tavares each added a pair of goals and Devan Dubnyk posted 28 saves to secure a victory. Dubnyk had a strong tournament even though this was his first game action since last April.
HC Davos was able to use NHLers Joe Thornton, Patrick Kane, and Loui Eriksson because of the lockout, but they had no answers for the Canadian squad on this day.
Many were shocked as the high-powered Canadians lost their opening game to Adler Mannheim 2-1 in overtime. However, the team began to gel and started to dominate the tournament. Head coach Doug Shedden did a great job of getting things straightened out after that initial loss and finding line combinations that clicked, as the Canadians scored 17 times in their final three games.