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Jets at the Worlds: Canada wins gold for the second straight year

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets




GOLD MEDAL GAME - CANADA 2 vs. FINLAND 0


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For the second year in a row, Canada sits atop the hockey world.

Connor McDavid and Matt Duchene both scored as Canada defended its World Championship title with a 2-0 win over Finland in Sunday’s gold-medal matchup.



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McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers teammate, Cam Talbot, made 16 saves for his tournament-leading fourth shutout.

Canada was the better team from the drop of the puck, and after outshooting the Finns 9-1 in the opening 10 minutes, McDavid struck for the game’s first goal at 11:24. McDavid, who entered the night with eight points but zero in the goal column, jumped on a loose puck at the bottom of the
right circle, took it to the front of the net and chipped it up, under the bar for his first of the
tournament.
It would stay a one-goal game until Duchene hit the empty net with just one second left in the game, stamping an altogether dominant performance on the tournament’s biggest night.

The Finns came close to tying it later in the period when 18-year-old Patrik Laine was left alone in front, but Talbot bailed out the Canadian defence, robbing the young star with a splendid left pad save.

At the other end, Finnish goalie Mikko Koskinen kept his team in it with nine saves in the first and 13 in a heavily tilted middle frame. The Finns had only four shots in the period, with just one coming on a late-period power play.

Duchene scored into the empty net at 19:59, stamping an altogether dominant performance in the tournament’s biggest game.
Mark Scheifele, along with linemates Ryan O’Reilly and Mark Stone, played a fantastic game, going head-to-head with Laine, Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen. The trio was held to just three shots, and was stuck in a defensive posture for much of the night, the Scheifele line smothering them at every turn.

Scheifele did not record a point, but finished the tournament with four goals, nine points and a +8 rating in nine games.

Laine, meanwhile...


BRONZE MEDAL GAME - RUSSIA 7 vs. USA 2


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Pavel Datsyuk and Sergei Mozyakin had three points apiece to lead Russia to a 7-2 win over the United States in the bronze-medal game.

 
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Frank Vatrano had both goals for the American side, while David Warsofsky picked up two assists.

Jets winger Kyle Connor played 9:27 as the 13th forward, drawing back in after missing five
games with an injury.

Vyacheslav Voinov’s one-time blast from the centre point gave the Russians a 1-0 lead at 6:23 after Sergei Kalinin and former Manitoba Moose forward Sergei Shirokov played catch along the half wall.

The right-shooting Sergei Mozyakin extended the lead just a few minutes later, teeing it up from the top of the left circle and blasting it bar down on the power play.

Jets prospect Ivan Telegin put the Russians up by three, converting a beautiful feed from Pavel Datsyuk, who spotted the big man alone, behind two American defenders in front. The pass connected in the blue paint and Telegin made no mistake on the tap-in, driving it top shelf
in the yawning cage.
Yevgeni Dadonov gave the Russians a 4-0 lead at 12:49, finishing off a 2-on-1 with Calder frontrunner Artemi Panarin as the Americans abandoned their goaltender.

Vatrano scored to bring the States (briefly) within three, but Panarin restored the four-goal lead just 33 seconds later.

After allowing five goals on 17 shots, Kinkaid took a seat for the final period – a mercy pull, perhaps. Canadiens netminder Mike Condon came on in relief, posting 11 of 12 the rest of the way.

Vatrano scored off a great feed from David Warsofsky to prick the armour once more, but it wasn’t enough. Mozyakin got it right back, thanks to another terrific play by Datsyuk, with 6:47 to play. After mugging American defenceman Jake McCabe behind the net, Datsyuk delivered a pass
out front and Mozyakin fired it glove side to make it 6-2.

Vadim Shipachyov scored a power-play goal with seven seconds left to seal a 7-2 final.

Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov did not play.

-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com
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