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Worlds: Canada wins second straight gold

McDavid, Duchene score, Talbot makes 16 saves in victory against Finland

by @NHL

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) scored the winning goal and Cam Talbot (Oilers) made 16 saves to lead Canada to its second consecutive gold medal with a 2-0 win against Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Ice Palace in Moscow on Sunday.

Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) scored into an empty net with one second remaining and assisted on McDavid's goal in the first period. Talbot had his fourth shutout of the tournament. The Canadians, who won their record 26th World Championship, lost 4-0 to Finland in a Group B preliminary game Tuesday.

"We were prepared to win a 1-0 game, and that's what it was," Canada forward Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens) told TSN, "We scored an empty-netter at the end, but that's what we were prepared to do. We stuck to our game plan, stuck to our structure, well-prepared and it paid off."

McDavid, 19, became the youngest player ever to win the World Junior Championship, World U-18 Championship and World Championship.

Previously unbeaten Finland was denied its 10th straight win at the tournament and a chance to become the first nation to win the three world tournaments in the same year.

"They played one of their best games of the tournament, and we weren't at our best," Finland forward Jussi Jokinen (Florida Panthers) told the IIHF website. "It's tough to say why, but they deserved to win tonight. I've not often seen Canada play like taht. It was a really smart game plan from them."

McDavid broke through for his first goal of the tournament at 11:24 of the first period. Duchene delivered a pass to McDavid at the goalmouth, and he beat Finland goalie Mikko Koskinen (31 saves) to give Canada a 1-0 lead.

Canada controlled the action, outshooting Finland 33-16.

Finland right wing Patrik Laine, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, finished tied for the tournament lead with seven goals and was named tournament MVP.

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