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Four Canes Bringing Home Gold Medals from Worlds

Sweden tops Canada, 2-1, in championship thriller

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Four Carolina Hurricanes are golden, winning the 2017 IIHF World Championship, while another is bringing home a silver medal.

Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask, Joakim Nordstrom, Eddie Lack: Sweden

In a match-up with their neighboring country Finland in the semifinals, the Swedes scored twice in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and earn a berth in the gold medal game in a 4-1 victory. Joakim Nordstrom scored his first goal of the tournament to pad Team Sweden's lead to three in the third period. Elias Lindholm registered a team-high six shots on goal and was a plus-1, and Victor Rask fired two of his team's 41 shots on net.

The gold medal match versus Team Canada required a shootout to settle the score, the first time that's happened in the championship game since 1994. Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Eckman-Larsson scored for the Swedes in the five-player shootout, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced as Team Sweden skated away with gold medals in a 2-1 victory.

Nordstrom posted a team-high six shots on goal in 18:16 of ice time in the championship game. Lindholm played nearly 24 minutes and recorded two shots and two penalty minutes, and Rask skated in 22:41 of ice time and notched a shot in overtime.

This marks the first World Championship gold medal for all four Swedish Hurricanes.

Jeff Skinner: Canada

Team Canada topped the Russian national team, 4-2, in the semifinals to advance to the championship, where it was looking for its third straight gold medal.

Jeff Skinner recorded three shots on goal in both the semifinal match and the gold medal game, but, as noted above, the Swedes scored a 2-1 shootout victory in the championship to snag gold. Skinner, in his fourth appearance in the World Championship, brings home a silver medal.

Skinner finished the tournament as a plus-8, ranking tied for third among all tournament skaters. He also ranked third on his team in scoring with nine points (4g, 5a) in 10 tournament games. 

Sebastian Aho: Finland

After knocking out Noah Hanifin and Team USA from the tournament, Sebastian Aho and the Finns faced off with Sweden in the semifinal round. The Swedes proved too much, pouring 41 shots on goal in a 4-1 win. Aho tallied two shots on goal, as Team Finland would square off with the Russians for bronze.

In the bronze medal match on Sunday, Aho recorded two assists and three shots on goal in over 20 minutes of ice time and earned team player of the game honors, but the Russian national team took third place in a 5-3 decision.

Aho ranked first on his team and in the top 10 of all tournament skaters with 11 points in 10 games. Aho also paced his team and ranked third among all tournament skaters in assists (9).

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