In a rematch of last year’s IIHF World Championships, Canada, along with the Lightning’s Martin St. Louis
and Steven Stamkos
, faced off against Russia in the Gold Medal Game on Sunday.
After a 1-1 tie through twenty minutes, Russia scored a late second-period goal and buckled down the rest of the way for a 2-1 victory and their second consecutive World Championship Gold. Canada fell despite outshooting the Russians 38-17. Ilya Bryzgalov made 37 saves for Russia in the win. Stamkos had a team-high five shots on goal and St. Louis was second among Canadian forwards with 21:05 in ice time.
It was still a good tournament overall for St. Louis, who finished as the tournament’s points leader with 15 and assists with 11, en route to being named to the Media All-Star Team. Stamkos also was chosen to the Media All-Star Team after finishing tied for the tournament lead in goals with 7 and was second in plus/minus with a plus-9 rating.
Karri Ramo made one start for Team Finland and served as the back-up in the six other contests played by the Fins. In his lone start Ramo made 18 saves on 19 shots faced for a win. Martins Karums had a goal and four points in six games for Team Latvia. He also led Latvia in plus/minus with a plus-4 rating.
Lightning prospect Johan Harju recorded two goals and four points in nine games as Sweden won the Bronze Medal. Harju also had a plus-4 rating in what was his first World Championship appearance. Russia’s Vasily Koshechkin
dressed as a back-up in two games and will receive a Goal Medal.