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Andrighetto Earns Silver Medal With Switzerland

Avalanche forward scores in shootout in World Championship final against Sweden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /
Gold Medal Game: Sweden (3) vs. Switzerland (2) - Shootout

Tre Kronor is golden once again.

Team Sweden won the gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship on Sunday with a 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sweden won the best-of-five shootout 2-1, with Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) and Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators) tallying back-to-back to secure the country's second consecutive championship. The Swedes beat Canada 2-1 in a shootout last year.

Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto scored the only goal for Switzerland in the tiebreaker. He opened the shootout by tallying on a backhand-to-forehand shot that slipped inside the left post after waiting out Swedish goaltender Anders Nilsson (Vancouver Canucks).

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Blake Inducted Into IIHF Hall of Fame

Former Avalanche defensemen among 2018 class

by @Avalanche / Official website of the Avalanche

Former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Rob Blake was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on Sunday during the final day of the 2018 World Championship.

A Triple Gold Club member, Blake won World Championships with Team Canada in 1994 and 1997 and helped his country end a 50-year drought with an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Avs' 2001 Stanley Cup championship squad.

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Switzerland To Face Sweden In Gold-Medal Game

The Swiss defeated Canada in the semifinals

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /
Switzerland (3) vs. Canada (2)

Switzerland defeated Canada 3-2 at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday to continue its 2018 World Championship run. The Swiss will face reigning-champion Sweden in the gold-medal game on Sunday.

Colorado Avalanche forward and Zurich, Switzerland, native Sven Andrighetto assisted on the last two Swiss goals, both of which came on the power play. He now has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in eight contests at the tournament.

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Andrighetto, Jost To Meet In World Championship Semifinals

Switzerland, Canada, Sweden and the United States advance to the final four

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /
Switzerland (3) vs. Finland (2)

The fourth-place team from Group A, Team Switzerland, pulled off an upset with a 3-2 defeat of Finland, the winner of Group B, at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark on Wednesday.

The quarterfinal matchup of the 2018 IIHF World Championship featured a Colorado Avalanche skater on both sides with Mikko Rantanen representing Finland and Sven Andrighetto playing for his native Switzerland.

Rantanen assisted on the Finns' first-period tally, the only goal of the frame, which came off of the stick of Markus Nutivaara (Columbus Blue Jackets). However, the Swiss took the lead in the second stanza with three unanswered goals.

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Finland Defeats USA To Win Group B

Finland will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /
Finland (6) vs. USA (2)

Finland defeated the United States 6-2 on Tuesday at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark, to earn first place in Group B with 16 points and a 5-0-1-1 record.

Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen scored the Finns' third goal, his fourth tally of the 2018 IIHF World Championship. He finished the outing with four shots on net and a plus-1 rating in 14:38 of ice time.

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Team Canada Wins In Overtime

Team Canada is in third place in Group B

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Canada (2) vs. Latvia (1) - Overtime

Canada only needed 46 seconds in overtime to defeat Latvia 2-1 at Jyske Bank Boxen on Monday in the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) collected his own rebound and batted the puck into Latvia's net in the extra frame to help Canada earn its third win of the tournament in Herning, Denmark.

Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost played 16:53 and recorded two shots on goal in the contest. The 20-year-old was on Canada's third line with Jordan Eberle (New York Islanders) and Bo Horvat (Vancouver Canucks).

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Germany Defeats Finland in Overtime

Mikko Rantanen's Finnish squad drops to 4-0-1-1 in the preliminary round

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /
Germany (3) vs. Finland (2) - Overtime

Finland scored late in the third period to force overtime, but Germany found the back of the net first in the extra session to win 3-2 on Sunday on the 10th day of the IIHF World Championship.

Down 2-1 after 40 minutes of play, Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) forced OT with a power-play goal with 2:06 left in regulation. However, Germany responded in extra time as Markus Eisenscmid (Montreal Canadiens) scored two minutes into the frame to end the contest at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.

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Rantanen Leads Finland Past Canada

Avalanche forward tallies twice at the 2018 IIHF World Championship

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /
Finland (5) vs. Canada (1)

Mikko Rantanen scored twice and Finland defeated Canada 5-1 on the ninth day of preliminary-round action at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Herning, Denmark.

The Colorado Avalanche right wing had two of his country's three goals in the opening period. Team Finland added two more tallies in the third frame to run away with the victory at Jyske Bank Boxen.

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Francouz Posts Shutout In Czech Win

Goaltender earns second career World Championship shutout

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /
Czech Republic (3) vs. Belarus (0)

Pavel Francouz stopped all 21 shots he faced, and the Czech Republic won 3-0 against Belarus on Friday at the IIHF World Championship at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Czechs picked up all of their scoring in the opening frame, as they tallied three goals on 13 shots. The Czech Republic has never lost to Belarus (0-0-0-5) in nine all-time meetings at Worlds.

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Canada Shuts Out Norway

The Canadians have won each of their past three games at the 2018 World Championship

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Canada (5) vs. Norway (0)

For the second time at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, Team Canada did not allow a goal against.

The Canadians scored three times in the first period and went on to defeat Norway 5-0 on Tuesday at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark.

Since losing 5-4 in a shootout to the United States on the first day of Worlds, Canada has outscored its opponents 22-1 in the following three games.

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