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Avalanche Alumni Inducted Into IIHF Hall of Fame

Uwe Krupp, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne were among the members of the 2017 class

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

While several current Colorado Avalanche players were getting ready to play in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship gold-medal game on Sunday, three former Avs were being inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Former Avalanche captain and current executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic, defenseman Uwe Krupp and forward Teemu Selanne represented the organization at this year's hall of fame ceremony at the German Sport and Olympic Museum in Cologne, Germany. They were joined by fellow 2017 inductees Saku Koivu, Angela Ruggiero, Dieter Kalt, Tony Hand and Patrick Francheterre.

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Sweden Takes Gold Medal In Shootout Win Over Canada

Russia takes bronze medal in win over Finns

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /

Team Canada was looking for a three-peat at the 2017 IIHF World Championship after winning the 2015 and 2016 iterations, but the club wasn't able to pull off the feat as Sweden took the gold medal with a 2-1 victory in the shootout at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday.

Sweden's last medal came at the 2014 Worlds, where the club won bronze. The last time the nation took home the gold was in 2013 while co-hosting with Finland. Canada's last silver medal came in 2009 in Switzerland.

The tightly-contested match took more than regulation and overtime for a winner to be crowned, as both teams traded chances in a break-neck back-and-forth that saw outstanding goaltending and plenty of scoring opportunities at both ends of the ice.

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Canada One Win Away From A World Championship Three-Peat

Canada rallies past Russia and will face Sweden in the gold-medal game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Canada is one game away from being a three-peat champion at the IIHF World Championship. The team just needed a third-period rally against the rival Russians for a chance to play for the gold medal.

The Canadians scored four unanswered goals in the final frame, including three in the last five minutes, on Saturday to beat Team Russia 4-2 in the semifinals at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. Canada will play Sweden in the gold-medal game on Sunday in Cologne.

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Rivals To Meet In World Championship Semifinals

Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden advance to the final four

by Ryan Boulding & Ron Knabenbauer /

Mikko Rantanen opened the game's scoring and No. 4-seed Finland shutout No. 1 United States 2-0 on Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Rantanen's third goal of the tournament came 1:01 into the second period, and it held as the decisive tally in the quarterfinals at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany. Finland will face rival Sweden on Saturday with a berth to the gold-medal game on the line.

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Team USA Takes Top Seed In Group A

Squad will face Finland in quarterfinals

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /
USA (5) vs. RUSSIA (3)

In the battle for the top spot in Group A, it was the Americans that skated away with the win, topping Russia 5-3 at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Tuesday in the final preliminary game of the 2017 IIHF World Championship for both squads.

The loss was Russia's first of the tournament, and it means that the club will have to pack up and travel to Paris, France, to take on the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.

The win was Team USA's sixth in a row and sets up an elimination-round matchup against Finland.

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Canada Bounces Back In Dominating Fashion

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists as Canada clinches the top seed in Group B

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Two days after being upset in overtime by Switzerland, Team Canada responded in a big way. Unfortunately, Norway was the unlucky country that had to face the wrath of the World's No. 1-ranked team.

The Canadians seemed to take out their frustration from their first loss of the 2017 IIHF World Championship on the Nordic squad, as they won 5-0 on Monday in a contest that could have been much more lopsided.

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Finland Earns Comeback Victory Over Switzerland

Mikko Rantanen scored the game-tying goal for the Finns

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

There would be no overtime upset for the second day in a row for the Swiss.

This time it was Finland that staged the two-goal comeback to force the extra period, and Valtteri Filppula of the Philadelphia Flyers scored the winner in OT in the 3-2 defeat of Team Switzerland at the 2017 IIHF World Championship on Sunday at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France.

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USA Moves Into Second With Win

Canada falls to Switzerland in OT

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /
USA (5) vs. LATVIA (3)

Team USA picked up its fourth-consecutive win at the 2017 IIHF World Championship on Saturday, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to top Latvia 5-3 at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany.

The Latvians, battling for a top seed in Group A, started the scoring off with a goal 11:23 into the opening period. The squad made it 2-0 early in the middle frame when Kaspars Daugavins found netting behind United States netminder Connor Hellebuyck just seven seconds into the stanza.

The U.S. responded roughly nine minutes later when Colorado Avalanche rookie J.T. Compher redirected a shot from Anders Lee (New York Islanders) into the cage to cut the deficit in half. Latvia parried 2:37 later to make it 3-1, but Team USA was up to the challenge.

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Sweden Dominates Italy For Third Worlds Win

The Swedes are now in second place in Group A

by Ryan Boulding @rboulding /
SWEDEN (8) vs. ITALY (1)

The Swedes scored eight even-strength markers and held Italy to just a lone power-play tally to scoop up their third win of the 2017 IIHF World Championship at LANXESS Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Friday.

Team Sweden scored twice by the 8:34 mark of the first period, dominating the Italians throughout as evidenced by a 15-4 shot differential after 20 minutes.

Italy's Giovanni Morini countered 3:50 into the middle stanza while Sweden's Joel Lundqvist was in the box for tripping, but that was it for the squad's offense. Jonas Brodin (Minnesota Wild) pushed the lead back to 3-1 just 6:02 later to give Sweden a nice cushion entering the final frame.

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Canada Survives French Scare on Day 7 of World Championship

Gabe Landeskog scored the game-winner for Sweden

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks) scored 2:22 into the third period and Team Canada survived a scare from tournament co-host France to pick up a 3-2 victory at AccorHotels Arena in Paris on Thursday.

After a week of preliminary play, Canada is the top club in Group B with a perfect 4-0-0-0 record. It is the only squad to have won every one of its games in regulation. France dropped to 1-1-0-2 and sixth in the pool.

Canada forward Nathan MacKinnon had an assist on the game-opening goal by Ryan O'Reilly (Buffalo Sabres) at 5:19 of opening stanza before the French tallied consecutive markers midway through the first frame and early in the second to take the lead.

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