Team Europe defeated Team USA 3-0 in a World Cup of Hockey 2016 preliminary-round game at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday. Team Europe is 1-0-0 in Group A. Team USA is 0-1-0.
Here are the three stars of the game as selected by members of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Organizing Committee:
3rd Star: Anze Kopitar, F, Team Europe
2 BLOCKS, 1 HIT, 23:47 TOI
The Team Europe captain won 58 percent of his faceoffs (14 of 24), including 9 of 13 against Team USA captain Joe Pavelski.
2nd Star: Marian Gaborik, F, Team Europe
GOAL, 2 SHOTS, 16:28 TOI
Gaborik scored the first goal of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 4:19 into the game when he redirected a cross-ice pass from Frans Nielsen.
1st Star: Jaroslav Halak, G, Team Europe
Halak turned in his second straight strong game after allowing five goals on 40 shots in his first two pretournament games. Halak, who stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 6-2 win against Team Sweden on Wednesday, appears to be getting his game back. The New York Islanders goalie sustained a lower-body injury on March 8 and missed the rest of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.