Ice hockey-Sweden shock holders Canada in shootout to win world title
- Author: Julie Sanders May 24, 2017,
May 24, 2017, 9:40
Sweden won the ice hockey world championships for the 10th time with a 2-1 victory over 2016 champions Canada after Sunday's final came down to a dramatic penalty shootout.
The Canadians now take on the 2013 champions, who eased past Finland 4-1 to reach their first final in four years.
"That was one of the greatest hockey games I have ever been a part of", said Canada head coach Jon Cooper.
"We're very happy, it's huge for us to be world champs after a few near misses". Sean Couturier was whistled for tripping with 10:51 left in overtime but the Canadian penalty killers were up to the task.
"It was a big test for us", Canada forward Nathan MacKinnon said of that game.
Next to Stecher, in order, we've got Andrey Pedan, Nikolay Goldobin, Jonathan Dahlen and Olli Juolevi.
Goals in the second period from Yevgeni Kuznetsov and Nikita Gusev put the Russians in a commanding position, but Artyom Zub was penalized for slashing at the end of the period, and Canada pounced. The French took a 2-1 lead early in the second and managed to keep the Canadians at bay until the last minute of the period.
But Kucherov threw himself at his own rebound after Harri Sateri saved to seal the Russians' triumph, consolation of sorts for their semifinal loss to Canada on Saturday.
"Our backs were against the wall going into the third period, and we just regrouped and came out and played our game", Pickard said.
Vasilevskiy, Seidenberg and Panarin were recognized the best players. He won two Le Mat Cups (Swedish titles) with Frolunda and his brother Joel in 2002-03 and 2004-05, and Olympic gold in 2006. While on a powerplay, Backstrom found Nylander driving the center lane to give Sweden a 3-1 lead.
Good for Sweden goalie Henrik Lundqvist, one of the truly solid professionals in the game.
Henrik Lundqvist ensured it was the Finns' last goal.
Goals from Mikko Rantanen, Mikko Lehtonen and Veli-Matti Savinainen nearly got Finland back into the match but their efforts proved ultimately fruitless. "When (Germany) made it 2-1, instead of us giving up the second one, I thought we really controlled the play the rest of the game".
Finland pushed hard in the final period but Joakim Nordstrom sealed it with six minutes remaining. "They're a really skilled team, but so are we". "I think that's our strength, our team effort".
"This is a big win for us but we're not done yet", said O'Reilly, who helped Canada win gold in Prague in 2015 and in Moscow past year. "We needed something to get us going, whether it was a couple of good chances or scoring a goal".