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Sweden tops Canada for World Championship gold

Scheifele, Morrissey & Comrie walk away with silver

by Ryan Dittrick @ryandittrick / WinnipegJets.com

(Congratulations to Jets Assistant Coach Todd Woodcroft [far right] on winning gold with Team Sweden.)

Alas...no three-peat.

Team Canada had a chance to win a third consecutive world title for the first time since 1952, but the dream ended with a shootout in the gold-medal game Sunday, as Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the only two goals to put Sweden on top of the hockey world.

Henrik Lundqvist, meanwhile, stopped all four Canadian shooters and was named the Swedish Player of the Game in a wildly entertaining 2-1 final.

The only other time the World Hockey Championship was decided in a shootout was way back in 1994 when Canada ended its 33-year gold-medal drought. Luc Robitaille was the hero for Canada in a win over Finland.

Mark Scheifele, who was named one of Canada's Top 3 players in the tournament, was one of the most dangerous Canadian forwards all night, finishing with three shots (and one post) in just under 20 minutes of ice time.

Scheifele had three goals and eight points in 10 games overall.

Josh Morrissey played 14:48 and was held without a shot.

Tweet from @ryandittrick: Great game, great tourney. Proud of all the #NHLJets that represented so well. Congrats to Scheifele & Morrissey for bringing home a medal.

Winnipeg native and Colorado Avalanche netminder Calvin Pickard capped a marvellous two weeks with another stellar performance in goal, stopping 40 of 41 shots in regulation and overtime.  

Lundqvist did him one better, stopping 42 in the win.

Tweet from @JulieRobenhymer: Canada Head Coach Jon Cooper: We don't feel like we lost a hockey game. We feel like we lost a shootout. #IIHFWorlds

Swedish D man Victor Hedman drew first blood with a bizarre shorthanded goal at 19:39 of the second period, capitalizing on a series of defensive blunders by the red and white moments earlier. Colton Parayko, in particular, failed to break the puck out, eventually falling and turning it over altogether, allowing Hedman to pounce and lob an innocuous, 45-foot backhand toward the net.

Pickard, who was anticipating a deflection by one of the two Swedes in front, was late to the butterfly, dropping to his knees only a fraction of a second too late - enough to have the bouncing puck slip through the five-hole.

Undeterred after outshooting the Swedes 12-6 in the middle frame, Canada went right back to work and scored a power-play goal less than two minutes into the third to make it a 1-1 game. Lundqvist made the initial save on a Mitch Marner point shot, but Ryan O'Reilly swept it home on the rebound to even the score with his fourth of the tournament.

-- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com

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