In one of the most anticipated games of the 2008 World Championships, Russia spoiled Canada’s undefeated tournament record to take home their first Gold Medal in 15 years. Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 2:42 gone in overtime to secure the win for the Russian team. Kovalchuk also had the game-tying goal with just over five minutes remaining in the third period.
Despite having both 3-1 and 4-2 leads, Canada couldn’t hang on to pull out the victory. Down 4-2 entering the third period, Russia scored two unanswered goals in the third to send the game into overtime. Alexander Semin led the Russian team with two goals and an assist, including the game’s opening goal less than two minutes into the contest. He ended the tournament tied for third in overall scoring with 13 points (6g, 7a).
The tournament’s leading scorer, Canada’s Dany Heatley, led all skaters with 20 points (12g, 8a) and was named the tournament MVP. He recorded a goal and an assist in Sunday’s game. Heatley’s 20 points ties a Canadian record set by Steve Yzerman in 1990, and his 12 goals surpasses Eric Lindros’ 11 scored in 1993.
Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis
added an assist Sunday to finish the tournament with 10 points (2g, 8a).