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Sweden defeats Canada for gold at World Championship

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist makes 42 saves; Russia defeats Finland to win bronze @NHLdotcom

Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) made 42 saves and didn't allow a goal on four shootout attempts to help Sweden win the goal medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship with a 2-1 win against Canada at Laxness Arena in Cologne, Germany.

Lundqvist joined Sweden on May 12, following the Rangers elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He won each of his five starts allowing seven goals in five games. Lundqvist joined the team to play with his twin brother Joel Lundqvist, who is the captain.

Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes) scored in the shootout for Sweden, which won gold for the first time since 2013.

William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs) who had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) was named tournament MVP.

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored a shorthanded goal with 21 seconds left in the second period to give Sweden a 1-0 lead.

Ryan O'Reilly (Buffalo Sabres) scored a power-play goal 1:58 into the third period to tie the game at 1-1.

Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche) made 40 saves for Canada, which had won gold the past two years.

Canada forward Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), who had 15 points (six goals, nine assists) and defenseman Colton Parayko (St. Louis Blues), who had seven points (three goals, four assists) were also named to the All-Star team. 

Russia won the bronze, holding on for a 5-3 win against Finland.

Nikita Gusev scored twice for twice for Russia, which led 4-0 before the midpoint of the second period. Finland scored three straight goals to make it 4-3 but Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored with 11:57 remaining to make it 5-3.

Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) made 26 saves and Valeri Nichushkin had three assists for Russia, which won bronze for the second straight year. Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) had an assist and finished tied for the tournament lead with 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in nine games.

Mikko Rantanen (Colorado Avalanche) scores a goal and had an assist, and Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) had two assists and for Finland.

Russia lost 4-2 to Canada and Finland lost 4-1 to Sweden in the semifinals on Saturday.

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