For the first time since 2007, Team Canada has won the World Championship gold medal. After dismantling opponents throughout the round robin, Canada walked to a 6-0 lead in the gold medal game and ended up with a 6-1 victory. The victory is the first time in tournament history that Canada has defeated Russia in a gold medal game.
For the first time since 2007, Canada has captured World Championship gold.
Maybe one of the most dominant clubs in the history of the World Championship, Canada rolled through nearly every opponent they played. In the round robin, Canada notched 49 goals while allowing only 14 and in the round robin and a plus-16 goal differential in the playoffs. After defeating Belarus 9-0 and the Czech Republic 2-0, Canada didn’t allow a single goal to opponents until the the final eight minutes of the third frame when Evgeni Malkin finally found room behind goaltender Mike Smith.
The gold medal contest was scoreless until late in the first period when Cody Eakin was positioned in front of the net and had a Tyler Ennis turnaround shot deflect off his skate and behind Russian netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. From there on out, it was all Canada.
In the second frame, Ennis notched Canada’s second goal, Sidney Crosby scored the third and Tyler Seguin made it 4-0 before the period was over. After the outburst in the second period, the game was never close again.
Before Malkin’s goal late in the third period, Canada would add an even-strength tally from Nathan MacKinnon and a power play goal from Claude Giroux.
The victory by Canada is the first time in the history of the World Championship that Canada and Russia have met in a gold medal game with the Canadians coming out on top. In both the 2008 and 2009 contests, Russia defeated Canada.
While Canada walks away with gold and Russia walks away with silver, the American squad walked away with the bronze medal thanks to a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic. The US squad, filled with NCAA athletes and backstopped by AHL goaltender and Winnipeg Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck, were one of the most surprising teams in the tournament.
Canada’s Brent Burns and Jason Spezza won best defenseman and best forward of the tournament, respectively, while Finland’s Pekka Rinne was named the best goaltender. As for the media winners, Jaromir Jagr was named the tournament’s MVP in what he says will be the final international tournament of his career.
The all-star team includes Hellebuyck, Burns and Sweden’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson on defense and Jagr, Spezza and Canada’s Taylor Hall as the forward lines.