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Savard, Canada capture gold medal; Bobrovsky, Anisimov & Russia take silver

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

Captain Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) had a goal and an assist to help lead Canada to a 6-1 win against Russia in the gold-medal game of the 2015 IIHF World Championship on Sunday at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

It is Canada's first gold medal since 2007 and the 25th time it has claimed gold at the World Championship.

Center Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) had a goal and an assist, and goalie Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) made 11 saves for Canada, which finished the tournament undefeated (10-0-0-0). Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard registered an assist and played nearly 10 minutes in the gold medal game victory over his Columbus teammates Artem Anisimov and Sergei Bobrovsky.

Canada forward Jason Spezza (Dallas Stars) was the tournament's leading scorer with six goals and 14 points in 10 games.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored and Bobrovsky made 31 saves for Russia.

Canada outshot Russia 37-12, including 14-1 in the second period.

Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars) gave Canada a 1-0 lead with 1:50 left in the first period. Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres) skated through the high slot, made a spin move and sent a shot that was deflected off Eakin's foot and past Bobrovsky.

Canada outshot Russia 15-5 in the first and was able to maintain possession for most of the period.

Ennis made it 2-0 at 1:56 of the second. He skated past Russia defenseman Andrei Mironov, carried the puck behind the net and scored on a wraparound when Bobrovsky wasn't able to get over in time to make the save.

Sergei Bobrovsky has won gold (2014) and silver (2015) medals in his last two appearances at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Crosby gave Canada a 3-0 lead at 7:22 of the second. Canada defenseman Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks) sent the puck down low where Jordan Eberle (Edmonton Oilers) was able to maintain it along the boards. Eberle sent a pass to Crosby, who beat Bobrovsky top shelf with a wrist shot.

Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) scored his tournament-leading ninth goal 44 seconds later off of a no-look pass from Giroux to give Canada a 4-0 lead. Seguin's goal forced Russia coach Oleg Znarok to use a timeout, but he opted to keep Bobrovsky in goal.

Giroux made it 5-0 with a power-play goal at 8:58 of the third. Canada forward Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche) passed down low to Crosby who fed Giroux in front of the net for the score.

Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) scored Canada's sixth goal of the game at 9:50 of the third.

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