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Jost, Zadorov Pick Up Medals at 2019 World Championship

Finland Wins Gold

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Gold Medal Game: Finland (3) vs. Canada (1)

Finland's impressive run at the 2019 IIHF World Championship concluded with a gold medal.

The Finns scored three unanswered goals to defeat Team Canada 3-1 on Sunday in the final at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

It is Finland's third-ever gold at the Worlds and first since 2011 when it also won in Slovakia. The country's first World Championship title was in 1995 in Sweden.

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Canada to Face Finland in Gold-Medal Game

Czech Republic and Russia will meet in the bronze-medal game

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Canada (5) vs. Czech Republic (1)

Canada will compete for the gold medal after it earned a 5-1 victory against the Czech Republic in Saturday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship semifinals at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Canadians scored the first five tallies of the contest and goaltender Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) made 40 saves to earn the win.

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Canada Rallies in Quarterfinals, Will Face Czechs in Semis

Canada, Czech Republic, Finland and Russia advance to the final four at 2019 World Championship

by Ron Knabenbauer & Callie Parmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Canada (3) vs. Switzerland (2) - Overtime

Team Canada rallied its way into the semifinals at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

The Canadians scored with less than a second remaining in regulation and found the back of the net again in overtime to take a 3-2 victory against Switzerland in their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday at Steel Arena in Kosice, Slovakia.

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Russia, Canada Take Top Seeds Into Quarterfinals

All six Avalanche players advance in 2019 IIHF World Championship

by Callie Parmele & Ron Knabenbauer / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Russia (7) vs. Sweden (4)

Russia finished the preliminary round with a perfect record after defeating Sweden 7-4 on Tuesday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog got Sweden on the board with the game's only tally in the first period, but Russia responded with six unanswered goals in the middle frame to earn the win.

Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov recorded an assist in the victory and was one of 15 Russian skaters to record at least a point in the contest. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguinns) and Evgenii Dadonov (Florida Panthers) were the only players on the winning team to register more than one point in the outing, as each had a goal and an assist.

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Sweden Survives Latvia, Keeps Climbing in Group B

One more day remains in the preliminary round

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Sweden (5) vs. Latvia (4)

Team Sweden squeaked by Latvia for a 5-4 victory on Monday at the 2019 IIHF World Championship at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The game was a back-and-forth matchup that Latvia needed to win in regulation in order to keep its hopes of a quarterfinal berth alive. Latvia entered the day six points behind idle Switzerland but had a game in hand in the Group B standings.

Both countries played with desperation in the contest, with neither able to gain more than a one-goal advantage throughout. Latvia led 3-2 in the third period, but Sweden retook the edge on the scoreboard with two goals in 1:09 span midway through the frame.

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Francouz Posts Back-to-Back Shutouts

Czech Republic defeats Austria, remains in second place in Group B

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Czech Republic (8) vs. Austria (0)

Pavel Francouz picked up his second consecutive shutout at the 2019 IIHF World Championship as the Czech Republic defeated Austria 8-0 on Sunday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect goaltender stopped all 16 shots he faced against Austria (0-0-0-6), two days after making 15-of-15 saves in his 2019 Worlds debut against Italy on Friday.

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Andrighetto Scores as Switzerland Falls to Sweden

Canada earns victory against Germany, Russia remains perfect

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Sweden (4) vs. Switzerland (3)

Colorado Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto scored his second goal of the 2019 IIHF World Championship for Switzerland on Saturday.

The Swiss (4-0-0-1) fell 4-3 to Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog and Team Sweden at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Francouz, Czech Republic Shut Out Italy

Goaltender posts clean sheet in 2019 World Championship debut

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Czech Republic (8) vs. Italy (0)

Goaltender Pavel Francouz wasn't busy in his debut at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, but he stopped every shot that came his way to help the Czech Republic to its fourth win at the tournament.

The Colorado Avalanche prospect posted a 15-save shutout, and the Czechs defeated Italy 8-0 on Friday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Landeskog Records Three Points in Swedish Debut

Avalanche captain helps Sweden rout Austria in first 2019 World Championship game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Sweden (9) vs. Austria (1)

Gabriel Landeskog joined Team Sweden mid-tournament at the 2019 IIHF World Championship, and the Colorado Avalanche captain made his presence known in his first game on Thursday.

Landeskog had a goal and two assists to help the Swedes defeat Austria 9-1 at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

"I was already here this morning, so why now suit up and play? I felt good, and there is no need to wait a couple days. Might as well dig in right away," Landeskog said to IIHF TV. "I haven't played in a week, so it was good to get out there and play again."

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Germany, Russia and Switzerland Remain Perfect

Germany leads Group A, Russia and Switzerland are tied for the Group B lead

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele / ColoradoAvalanche.com
Russia (10) vs. Italy (0)

Russia stayed undefeated at the 2019 IIHF World Championship with a 10-0 victory against Italy on Wednesday at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov was paired with Ivan Telegin in the contest and finished the game with a plus-3 rating.  

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