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Smith wins Gold Medal at IIHF World Championship; 3 Coyotes win Bronze Medal

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes


GLENDALE – Coyotes goalie Mike Smith stopped 11 of 12 shots on Sunday as Canada defeated Russia, 6-1, in the gold medal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague.

Mike Smith. Photo by Getty Images.

Canada won all 10 of its games at the 16-nation tournament and captured the title for the first time since 2007.

Smith finished the tournament ranked second in goals-against average (1.50) and third in save percentage (.930). He entered Sunday’s game with a shutout streak of 137:16 and extended it to 190:03 before allowing a goal to Russia’s Evgeni Malkin with 7:13 remaining in the third period.

Smith also won a gold medal last year as Canada’s third-string goalie at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Earlier on Sunday, the United States beat Czech Republic, 3-0, in the bronze medal game. Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Mark Arcobello played for USA while Coyotes defenseman John Moore sat the game out because of an upper-body injury.

After the title game, Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was named to the tournament’s all-star team. Playing for Sweden, Ekman-Larsson led all defensemen with 12 points in eight games. He also led all players with 10 assists.

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