Canada stuns Russia for ice hockey worlds final vs. Sweden

Hope Soto
May 24, 2017

We'll re-energize our group, and we'll look forward to playing a better game.

"It feels like the curse is broken", said Marcus Kruger, who had lost worlds and Olympic finals with Sweden before. If World Cup soccer finals are decided in OT then why not hockey?

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson then scored the decisive goals for Sweden as they won the shoot-out 2-0. Fortunately for the Germans, goalie Thomas Greiss stoned him cold - one of 42 saves he would make as he backstopped his team to a 2-1 upset.

Earlier, Russia survived a late fightback by Finland as Nikita Kucherov sealed their 5-3 win to claim bronze. The Russians will play in the bronze-medal game Sunday against the Finland-Sweden loser.

But while Germany were unable to score with five players on the ice, they found a way back with four, with Yannic Seidenberg racing away to score a shorthanded goal while Germany were serving a two-minute penalty for having an extra man on the ice.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nikita Gusev set the tone with a goal each in the second period for Russian Federation. The latter got his team off to a great start when he set up Alexander Edler inside the first two minutes before Joonas Kemppainen equalized for Finland.

“I want to congratulate Sweden.

"It was an even-stevens game, we don't feel like we lost a hockey game - we feel like we lost a shootout".

More news: James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook vie for MVP
More news: Four-goal Kane helps Spurs rout Leicester
More news: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey closes the curtain

"I think in the (second) intermission, we focused on getting a spark", said O'Reilly.

In addition to the strong defense, the Swedes have been strong offensively.

"Canada is a tremendous team, so my hat's off to them".

Canada, the two-time defending champions, hasn't won three straight gold medals at this event since the early 1950s.

Aberg and several other role players all came up big in the Predators' first game of the season without Johansen, their top-line center and leading postseason scorer. They are exactly where we wanted them to be. Joel Lundqvists presence may have distracted the Canadian goaltender.

"It's going to be the toughest game in the tournament", Lundqvist said of the teams' eighth final.

I'd never really thought of the Sedins and the Lundqvists in the same breath before-I guess because the Sedins are never apart and the Lundqvists are rarely together.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER