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North America-Sweden finish captivates NHL players

Hockey world marvels at MacKinnon's incredible OT winner

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The 3-on-3 overtime session between Team North America and Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Wednesday that ended with Nathan MacKinnon's game-winning goal at 4:11 of the extra period riveted hockey fans watching around the world.

John Gibson denying Daniel Sedin on the breakaway set up MacKinnon's winner on Henrik Lundqvist.  

Video: North America vs. Sweden broken down by NHL Tonight

Like the fans, NHL players were taking in the game and were captivated by MacKinnon's finish.

Tweet from @SteveKampfer47: That was one of the most insane finishes of a hockey game ive ever seen ��

Tweet from @tierney71: Wow that was entertaining

Tweet from @Paquette18: Holy mama

MacKinnon's teammates from the Colorado Avalanche were among the most boisterous on Twitter after he scored the game-winning goal.

Tweet from @mitchabov: The Dawg with some filthy mitty's #ToeyShelf

Tweet from @cpickard1: Juiiiiiiiiiiceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee @Mackinnon9 ���������

Other players were in awe of the incredible speed and talent of Team North America, which is comprised of players 23-and-under from the United States and Canada.

Tweet from @ctalbot33: What. A. Game. #thekidscanplay

Tweet from @brookslaich: The game of hockey is in good!! #WCH2016

Brandon Bollig, a defenseman for the Calgary Flames, thought he might have dreamt the extra session.

Tweet from @Bollig87: Was that OT real life? I honestly don't know.

Jamie Benn, the captain of the Dallas Stars who is missing the World Cup because of a core muscle injury, took notice of the incredible display of skill from both teams.

Tweet from @jamiebenn14: WOW...#NA #SWE ��

When you impress Finnish hockey legend Esa Tikkanen, who won the Stanley Cup five times, you must be doing something right.

Tweet from @tikitalk10: Wow what a hockey game #WHC2016

And if Teemu Selanne says it can't get better than this, it probably can't.

Tweet from @TeemuSel8nne: @NHL what a can't get better than��

Team Sweden advanced and clinched the top spot in Group B with the loss, and the victory for Team North America gives it hope of advancing to the semifinals for a potential showdown against Team Canada. Team North America will advance if Team Russia loses to Team Finland on Thursday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVA Sports).

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