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2015 IIHF Worlds: Canada wins Gold!

by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers had five players participating in the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Czech Republic: Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall (Canada), Anton Lander and Oscar Klefbom (Sweden) and Matt Hendricks (United States).

CANADA 6, RUSSIA 1

Canada dominated Russia for 60 minutes, outshooting them 37-12 on their way to a 6-1 win to capture their first Gold Medal since 2007.

Cody Eakin scored with 1:50 remaining in the first period to open the scoring and then in the second period, Canada truly exploded. Tyler Ennis scored 1:56 into the middle frame, followed by Sidney Crosby just over five minutes later to make it 3-0.

On Crosby's goal, Oilers forward Jordan Eberle made a very nice play behind the net to chip the puck up to Crosby in the slot. 44 seconds later, Tyler Seguin scored to extend Canada's lead to 4-0. Shots on goal after 40 minutes were 29-6 for Canada.

Claude Giroux made it a 5-0 game on the power play, converting a feed from Crosby 8:58 into the third and 52 seconds later, Nathan MacKinnon's goal put Canada up by six.

Evgeni Malkin scored with 7:13 to play to spoil Mike Smith's bid for a shutout.

Eberle finished the tournament with five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 10 games and Hall had seven goals and five assists for 12 points.

Both Hall and Eberle had outstanding tournaments. Hall was named to the tournament all-star team and was tied for third in overall tournament scoring. Eberle was second in overall tournament scoring, behind only teammate Jason Spezza, who had 14 points.

USA 3, CZECH REPUBLIC 0

With a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic, the United States secured Bronze, medalling at the World Championships for the second time in three years -- an occurrence which had not happened since 1950 and 1952. 

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves to lead the Americans to victory.

Nick Bonino opened the scoring 7:25 into the contest and Trevor Lewis scored with 1:47 to go in the opening frame, giving the Americans a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes.

The game would remain 2-0 until 50 seconds left in the second period. Bonino set up Charlie Coyle for a goal to make it 3-0 and that's how the game would end.

The host Czechs pushed to get back into the game, outshooting USA 16-1 in the third period but Hellebuyck stood tall.

Oilers forward and Team USA captain Matt Hendricks had two shots on goal in 14:48 of icetime. Throughout the entire tournament, Hendricks had two goals and three points in 10 contests with a +1 rating.

-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com

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