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Kruger takes gold, Panarin bronze, at World Championship

by Austin Miller / Web Contributor

Marcus Kruger and Sweden took home the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship with a 2-1 shootout victory over Canada yesterday. In the gold medal game, Kruger played 14:02, winning five faceoffs and recording one shot on goal.

The gold medal is Sweden's 10th World Championship gold, and Kruger's first. Kruger finished the tournament with a final tally of three assists in 10 games played.

In the bronze medal game, Artemi Panarin and Russia were victorious against Finland, with Panarin notching another assist, his 13th of the tournament, in the 5-3 victory. Panarin finished the competition with 17 points, most of any player and two points ahead of Canada's Nathan MacKinnon.

The bronze medal is the second consecutive for Panarin, and his third consecutive World Championship medal.

Panarin's impressive performance earned him a spot on the media's All-Stars list, alongside fellow Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy, Canada's Colton Parayko and MacKinnon, Germany's Dennis Seidenberg and Sweden's William Nylander.

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