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Worlds: Gold & Bronze Medal Recap

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Team Canada was perfect in Prague, capping an outstanding run at the IIHF World Hockey Championship with a dominant win over its archrival.

After five straight years of quarter-final defeats, the Canadians are heading home with world championship gold medals for the first time since 2007 after a 6-1 thrashing of defending champion Russia on Sunday
at O2 Arena.

Arguably the deepest team in a tournament rich with big-name stars, the Canadians ran the table in 2015 with a perfect 10-0

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins), Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres), Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars) and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) paced the Canadian attack with a goal and an assist each. Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars)  and Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
also scored.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) had the only goal for Russia, and star forward Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) was held
off the scoresheet.

All tournament long, Canada relied on a potent and balanced scoring attack. On Sunday, the fourth line set the tone for the win.

Eakin was credited with the game's first goal when Ennis's shot deflected off his skate and slid between the pads of Russian netminder Sergei Bobrovsky at the 18:10 of a first period that
Canada dominated.

Eakin returned the favour one minute and 56 seconds into the second period, feeding Ennis for a wraparound effort to give Canada a 2-0 lead.

Crosby and Seguin added two more goals in the next 7:06, forcing the Russians to take their time out in an effort to regroup.

But Canada's dominance was absolute. Giroux, on the power play, and MacKinnon added insurance goals in the third period to lock down Canada's first win in history over the Russians in a world championship gold-medal game.

Goaltender Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes)'s bid for a third-consecutive shutout was foiled when Malkin scored Russia's only goal with 7:13 remaining in the third period. Shots on goal were 37-11 for Canada in the game.

Strong at both ends of the ice, Canada's 66 goals scored set a new Canadian tournament record.

With a goal and an assist in the victory, Crosby finished the tournament with 11 points and became just the eighth Canadian player to join the Triple Gold Club, adding his world championship win
to his Olympic gold medals from 2010 and 2014 and his 2009 Stanley Cup.

In the bronze-medal game played earlier on Sunday, forward Nick Bonino of the Vancouver Canucks had a goal and an assist as the United States shut out the host team from the Czech Republic by a score of 3-0. The last medal for the United States was also a bronze, in 2013.

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Jets Head Athletic Therapist Rob Milette, who was part of the Canada's training staff in Prague.

-- The Canadian Press


Jets prospect Connor Hellebuyck led the way once again, earning a sparkling piece of hardware after finishing a multiple weeks-long journey in style. 

The 21-year-old made 38 saves, backstopping Team USA to a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic to capture the bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship Sunday at O2 Arena.

In eight appearances dating back 17 days, Hellebuyck posted seven wins, a 1.37 goals-against average, a .948 save percentage and two shutouts.

Fellow Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 13 saves for the Czechs, but it wasn’t enough, as goals by Nick Bonino (Vancouver Canucks), Trevor Lewis (LA Kings) and Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild) proved to be the difference.

Pavelec had a strong showing at the Worlds, leading the Czechs to five victories, while personally accumulating a 1.97 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

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