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WHC WRAP UP: Six Flyers win medals at World Championships

Canada settles for silver, Provorov wins bronze with Russia

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

In one of the most memorable finishes to a World Championship gold-medal game, it was Sweden who took a 2-1 shootout victory over Canada on Sunday to win their first title since 2013.

As a result, five Flyers on Team Canada: Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds all add silver medals to their international resume.

The Swedes held off a Canada rally in the third period in the win. Tampa defenseman, Victor Hedman got Sweden on the board first with a shorthanded goal in the second period, but Buffalo's Ryan O'Reilly scored the equalizer early in the third period to force overtime and the eventual shootout.

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the shootout, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four Canadian shooters to take gold. Lundqvist stopped 42 of 43 shots in the win, while Canadian goaltender, Calvin Pickard, made 40 saves in the loss.

Of the five Flyers, Giroux led with 21:55 of ice time, while Sean Couturier had 21:04 followed by rookie Travis Konecny with 16:57.

Giroux, who served as captain of Canada, ends the tournament with six points (2g-4a) and a +6 rating having appeared in all 10 games. He now adds a silver medal to go along with his gold medal in 2015 at World Championships.

Konecny recorded eight points, all assists, to go along with a +6 rating in his first World Championships. His eight assists tied for second on Team Canada and tied for fifth among all players in the tournament.

Couturier (1g-1a) and Simmonds (2a) each had two points, while Brayden Schenn's lone goal of the tournament was a game-winning tally.

Also representing Hockey Canada in the tournament were Flyers GM Ron Hextall, who served as GM for Canada in the tournament for the first time. As was also the case for Flyers head coach, Dave Hakstol, who served as an assistant coach of the tournament to Tampa's Jon Cooper.

 

PROVOROV WINS BRONZE

Earlier in the day, Ivan Provorov and Team Russia earned a 5-3 victory over Finland to capture the bronze medal. 

The Russians got out to a 4-0 lead after 39 minutes of play, but Valtteri Filppula set up Mikko Rantanen at the end of the second period to kick off a Finland comeback attempt. 

The Fins would get the score back to within one scoring twice early in the third to make it 4-3 with 15 minutes left to play, but Tampa's Nikita Kucherov scored to make it 5-3 and sealed the win for Russia.

Provorov appeared in 18:15 of ice time in the game with two shots on goal. He ends his first Worlds with three assists having played in all 10 games.

Filppula ends the tournament with five points (2g-3a) in 10 games for Finland.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Jakub Voracek, Radko Gudas were named two of the three best players on the Czech Republic by the IIHF in the tournament. The Czechs were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Provorov and the Russians.

Voracek recorded six points (1g-5a) and appeared in all eight games. Completing his fifth World Championship for the Czechs, he now has a total of 28 points (6g-22a) in 44 games.

Gudas ends his first World Championship with two goals and three points having appeared in all eight games of the tournament.

 

FRANCE

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare represented France for the ninth time in World Championship history as the French went 4-3-0 in the preliminaries but did not qualify for the tournament round, falling short by just one point.

Bellemare recorded two goals and two assists for four points while also recording a +4 in the seven games. He now has played a total of 60 World Championship games in his career where he has recorded 34 points (13g-21a).

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