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TORONTO -- The game of hockey is Canadas official winter sport. Despite a 3-1 victory over Team Europe, Team Canada played like its still autumn.In Canadas least impressive performance in the World Cup of Hockey, the team improved to 5-0 in this best-on-best tournament. But it wasnt what most expected from one of the greatest collections of talent in history. When the final buzzer sounded, Canada still gained a 1-0 lead in this best-of-three championship series which resumes Thursday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2).Given all the success Team Canada has enjoyed on the international stage -- they are now 11-0 since the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and have 15 consecutive wins dating back to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics -- this game was one of the most uncharacteristic performances by the boys with a Maple Leaf across their chest.Well, it wasnt our best, and we realize that, said Team Canada forward Steven Stamkos, who registered his first goal of the tournament. At this time of the tournament, a wins a win, so thats a good thing. I thought in the third period we played better and with some purpose, some determination in our style of game, so hopefully we can build on that. We realize the first two periods werent the way we wanted to come out and play.For the first time in this tournament, Canada wasnt playing its style of game, and Europe took advantage of that. Europe played a patient, disciplined game. It played the better game for the first 40 minutes. Earlier in this tournament, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said he doesnt give motivational speeches, given the fact that this roster is loaded with veteran leaders. But you cant imagine he was happy with the teams performance after the second period.Canada needed to make better decisions with the puck. It committed too many turnovers. It lost too many puck battles. Fortunately, goaltender Carey Price was outstanding the first two periods before his teammates cleaned it up in the third en route to victory.Yeah, he played incredible, said Team Canada forward Brad Marchand. He really kept us in it, especially when we were on the power play and they got that breakaway. Youve got to give him a lot of credit tonight, he played unbelievable and did a great job keeping us in it.Added Stamkos, Thats why [Price] is one of the best in the world. In a big-game situation when the guys in front of you dont have their best, he stepped up and made some huge saves and gave us a chance to wake up a little bit and win. It was great to see, and the guys in the room know what hes capable of when hes on his game, and he proved that tonight.Ultimately, Canada grinded out a win. So, what does it need to have more of in Game 2?Urgency, captain Sidney Crosby said. We need to be a little more sharp, as far as passing and puck management, and play in the offensive zone a little more. Its easy to say that, but it takes hard work to get through those guys and the way they play defense, so we have to make sure we do that.Once again, it was Canadas top line of Marchand, Crosby and?Patrice Bergeron?that propelled the team to victory. Bergeron and Marchand each had a goal and an assist, while Crosby registered two assists. Even though they continue to lead Canadas offense, Babcock wasnt letting anyone off the hook.I dont know if they were as good tonight as they have been, but they were good, Babcock said of the top line. We needed more guys on deck tonight. We werent as good as we have been, and well be a lot better next game.Maybe veteran forward Claude Giroux, who has been a healthy scratch for four of the five games in this tournament, will get another look in Game 2 in order to add a bit of spark and offensive punch to the lineup. After Game 1, Babcock said he would watch the game again before making any lineup decisions for Game 2.If Europe learned anything from its Game 1 loss, its that Team Canada can be sloppy. Its unlikely, however, that Canada and its collection of talent will play another game as poorly as it did on Tuesday. Europe should be ready for an entirely different team on Thursday. Basket Air Force One Femme Pas Cher . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Nike Just Do It Chaussure . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. . Vettel was 0.168 seconds faster than Red Bull teammate Mark Webber around the Suzuka circuit. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was two tenths of a second off Vettel. "The car balance is decent, but I think we can still improve," Vettel said. Nike Presto Just Do It Noir . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. Air Max 1 Just Do It Homme Blanche .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. You know those kids who make their own sound effects when they play hoops?A woosh when they cross it over, and an errrrrr when they stop on a dime. That was my buddy, Tim, while we were growing up in the suburbs some 20 miles southwest of the Wells Fargo Center (back then it was the First Union Center, which Philadelphia fans proudly referred to as the FU Center). The effects were the only way we could feel like Allen Iverson.The guy who entered the league in 1996 with a signature sneaker (the Reebok Question), a signature move (the crossover) and a memorable moniker (The Answer) that funneled absurd amounts of attention to him at a time when Michael Jordan was still in his prime. The guy who had the ability to cover 94 feet in a flash, as if he had the powers of Raiden from Mortal Kombat.The guy who kept it so 100 that he surpassed Mr. 100 himself, Wilt Chamberlain, during his rookie season by having five-straight 40-point games, besting Chamberlains previous record for a rook.Tim would also mimic Iversons first commercial for the Questions?-- featuring authentic Philadelphians put on camera to query Phillys bright, young star.Yo, Allen, whats up with the shoes, man? Tim would say, just like the people in the ad, as he shifted from pretending he was A.I. to pretending he was the people watching him pretend to be A.I.The spot was a modern take on Mars Blackmons Is it the shoes? pestering of Air Jordan. Only instead of Spike Lee in character, you had real people and an off-the-cuff Iverson laughing, smiling, dribbling and dripping swag in a backward hat. It was Iversons first national ad for Reebok, and it set the agenda for what he would be about.You could see early on that Iverson was destined for superstardom. Even before the tattoos and the cornrows and the chains and the do-rags made him a cultural icon, there was something special about this little guards handles and heart.Allen always tells this story, said Tzvi Twersky, a fellow Phillly native who came up working for Slam Magazine and is one of Iversons closest confidants.ddddddddddddHis coming-of-age moment, outside of getting drafted, he always talks about driving down City Line [Avenue] in the backseat of a limo, and he saw some kid rocking the Questions on the street, and he said he rolled down the window, and thats when he knew he had made it. That was the biggest moment of his life. ... Outside of his career and his family, its his third greatest accomplishment. A Hall of Famer, a father and the Question.Complexs Russ Bengston -- another Slam alumnus and considered by many as the godfather of sneakerheads in the media -- brought up the moment when the Question became an unquestioned piece of basketball history.The signature moment for that shoe was obviously him crossing up Jordan, Bengston said. At that point, its like, who is the new kid that a lot of the young kids are checking for crossing up the super-established, everyone-knows-is-the-best-player-in-the-league guy, and crossing him over not once, but twice.It was just like, Holy s---. Weve never seen anything like this before.As much as we were rubbernecking to see the barely 6-foot, 175-pound warrior battling amongst the trees -- as Sixers play-by-play man Marc Zumoff would describe it -- we also had to see what were on his feet. If Nikes familiar Air Max technology was NASA, looking at Reeboks honeycomb heel (dubbed Hexalite technology) and pearlized red toe on the Questions was like floating through the Mir space station.And the shoe continues its orbit two decades later.Other stars from Iversons draft class have passed him in sheer achievement (Kobe Bryant), overachiever status (Steve Nash) and craft perfection (Ray Allen), but none have a totem like the Questions that captured the excitement of the whirlwind of their arrival. ' ' '

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