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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
MOSCOW -- Canada won hockey's world championship with a 4-2 victory over Finland on Sunday.

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Canada has now won three of the last five world chamionship titles. Rick Nash led the way with two goals as Canada captured its' 24th world title and first since 2004. Eric Staal and Colby Armstrong also scored for the Canadians.

Petri Kontiola and Antii Miettinen scored for Finland.

Russia won the bronze medal with a 3-1 victory over Sweden earlier Sunday.

Canada moved to a 2-0 lead in the opening period on power-play goals by Nash and Staal. Nash flicked the puck waist-high past Finland goalie Kari Lehtonen at 6:30, and Staal batted in a bouncing pass from Mike Cammalleri seven minutes later.

At 9:11 in the second period, Dion Phaneuf fed Armstrong, who wristed in a shot from the top of the circle under Lehtonen's arm.

Finland rallied in the final period. Kontiola knocked in a pass from Ville Peltonen behind the net at 11:08, and Miettinen brought the Finns within 3-2 during a goal-mouth scramble with less than three minutes remaining. But Nash drove the puck in at close range with about a minute to go despite being grabbed around the waist and pulled down by Finland defenseman Pekka Saravo.

It marked the first meeting between Canada and Finland in a world championship final since 1994, when the Canadians won. The Finns have one title, in 1995 when they beat Sweden.

In addition to 24 worlds titles, Canada has 13 junior world titles, seven Olympic gold medals and five Canada Cup and World Cup titles.

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