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The blueprint to an upset for Team Europe

If Team Europe is going to continue its shocking run and beat Team Canada, this is how it's going to happen. John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports

TORONTO -- Let’s get this disclaimer out here first: Nobody quoted in this story (nor anybody writing it) believes that Team Europe will beat Team Canada in a three-game series. What we’re witnessing right now with Canada is a team for the ages. We’re seeing a generation of players, led by Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber, who are not only extremely talented but tireless workers, great leaders and now playing with loads of international experience.

When we talk about this tournament in 20 years, we’ll talk about two things: One, the introduction to greatness on the huge stage of Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. Two, Crosby turning in the best overall international tournament of his career, with a group that is the best of its generation.

Unless, of course, Team Europe turns in a massive upset.