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Maple Leafs put in strong showing at 2016 World Championships

by Chris Lund / Toronto Maple Leafs



The Toronto Maple Leafs had four players taking part at the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia this month. Here's how they fared...

Morgan Rielly - Canada

Rielly captured a gold medal at the World Championships, playing in all 10 games for Canada and recording a goal -- a game-winner -- and three points. He led Canada in ice time in four of his 10 games, including a semifinal win over the United States and a win over Finland in the gold medal game where he put in 25:53 on the blueline. He was named a Player of the Tournament for Team Canada.

Leo Komarov - Finland

Komarov took home a silver medal from the Worlds following a 2-0 loss to Canada in the gold medal game. Despite what was surely a disappointing result for the Finns, Komarov had a quality showing at the 2016 edition of the tournament. In 10 games for Finland he recorded three goals (two game-winners) and seven points.

Nikita Zaitsev - Russia

The newest Leafs blueliner had a solid tournament for the host Russians at the World Championships. Zaitsev recorded a goal and four points in 10 games en route to a bronze medal win over the United States. He was also a plus-12 and was not on the ice for an even-strength goal-against. For his efforts, he was named to the 2016 IIHF World Championship All-Star team.

Martin Marincin - Slovakia

Marincin built on his solid conclusion to the 2015-16 NHL season with his performance at the 2016 Worlds. Despite Slovakia's struggles at the tournament, he was a standout and recorded a pair of points and a plus-3 in seven games for his country. He was named a Player of the Tournament for Slovakia.

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