Sweden beats Canada in shootout to win gold at world hockey championship

Taylor Byrd
May 24, 2017

Canada scored four unanswered goals in the third period for a 4-2 semifinal victory over Russian Federation at the world hockey championship on Saturday.

In the shootout, both Backström and Oliver Ekman-Larsson nailed their penalties for Sweden to the delight of their travelling fans in Cologne. Nashville leaned heavily on stalwart goalie Pekka Rinne and got barely enough offense to survive, with Colin Wilson scoring the tying goal late in the second period and Austin Watson adding an empty-netter.

Not all of the games are being played in Cologne; Paris is cohosting the tournament.

Mark Scheifele unleashed a fierce shot which hit the post before Lundqvist saved from Ryan O'Reilly only for Matt Duchene to miss from the rebound.

Latvian netminder Elvis Merlikins looks for the puck as German forward Frederick Tiffels beats him through the five hole to win the penalty shootout that decided their last Group A game, played at Cologne's Lanxess Arena.

Lundqvist, who joined Sweden after his run at a Stanley Cup came to an end, was masterful in the tournament posting a 4-0 record en route to winning Gold. "They got one on us there", said Konecny.

"I told my guys to hang their heads high, it came to a skill competition and they were simply better than us".

Jonathan Bernier took over for Gibson and stopped 16 shots in his first appearance in almost two weeks for the Ducks, calling it a "weird situation".

Canada hasn't won three straight gold medals at this tournament since the early 1950s.

Canada wasted no time getting on the board in the third.

Sweden would take the lead for good at 4:36 of the second period with John Klingberg getting the goal. Sean Couturier was whistled for tripping with 10:51 left in overtime but the Canadian penalty killers were up to the task. “I wasnt really friends with the puck there in the second period.

Later, in a two-year stint as Great Britain head coach, he led the national side to the final qualifying stages for the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. The two teams finished the overtime period deadlocked at 1-1, forcing a penalty shootout.

"I think the last time we won the World Championship we had two twins on our team, so why not this time?" joked Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg after Saturday's game-hearkening back to when Daniel and Henrik Sedin fuelled the hometown win for the Swedes at the 2013 Worlds in Stockholm.

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