BostonBruins.com – It’s gold for Brad Marchand and Canada.
The Canadians took down previously undefeated Finland, 2-0, in the gold-medal game Sunday afternoon for their second straight IIHF Men’s World Championship title.
Marchand assisted on Matt Duchene’s empty-netter with 1 second remaining to seal the victory. The Bruins winger finished the tournament with four goals and three assists in 10 games.
Marchand, a Nova Scotia native, added a goal in Canada’s 4-3 semifinals win over the United States on Saturday. After a give-and-go with Cody Ceci, Marchand got the puck at the goal line and fired one past goalie Keith Kinkaid to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
The United States, meanwhile, fell to host Russia Sunday morning in the bronze medal game, 7-2, though Bruins forward Frank Vatrano tallied both goals for the Americans. Vatrano’s first goal – on the power play – ended Russia’s shutout bid at 14:29 of the second period.
Vatrano brought the U.S. within 5-2 at 4:42 of the third, when he took a pass from David Warsofsky and one-timed it past Sergei Bobrovski from the right circle.
The East Longmeadow, Mass., native finished the tournament with three goals and five assists in 10 games to help the U.S. to a fourth-place finish. Vatrano’s eight points were the second-most on Team USA, behind Dylan Larkin and Auston Matthews, who each had nine.