The Edmonton Oilers have seven players participating in the 2016 IIHF World Hockey Championships in Russia: Connor McDavid (Canada), Cam Talbot (Canada), Taylor Hall (Canada), Matt Hendricks (USA), Patrick Maroon (USA), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Leon Draisaitl (Germany).
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CANADA 2, FINLAND 0
It’s back-to-back gold medals for Team Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship, following a 2-0 blanking of Finland.
A pair of Oilers were instrumental to Canada’s championship efforts. Connor McDavid’s goal at 11:24 of the first period proved to be the game-winner and Cam Talbot made 16 saves in his fourth shutout of the tournament.
McDavid drove the net in the first period and lifted a shot over previously undefeated Mikko Koskinen for a 1-0 lead.
Talbot backstopped Canada cleanly the rest of the way until Matt Duchene potted an empty-net tally with a second left to make it 2-0.
McDavid waited until the final game to get his first goal of the tournament. He finishes Worlds with a goal and eight assists in 10 games. McDavid, at 19-years-old, becomes the youngest player ever to win gold at U-18s, the World Junior Championship and World Championships.
McDavid was named player of the game for Team Canada.
Talbot was 7-1 for the tournament, stopping 157 of 167 shots against. He had a 1.25 GAA and .940 save percentage.
Oilers winger Taylor Hall finishes the tournament with six goals and three assists. He now has two gold medals, having won last year with Team Canada.
RUSSIA 7, USA 2
The Americans were searching for their second straight bronze-medal finish to Worlds, but those hopes were dashed by the host country as Russia downed USA 7-2.
USA trailed Russia from 6:23 of the first period and on after Vyacheslav Voinov scored to make it 1-0.
Frank Vatrano scored the Americans’ first of the game at 14:29 of the second, but by then USA was down 4-1 and on the outside looking in.
Artemi Panarin scored at 15:22 of the second to make it a four-goal game heading into the third.
U.S. goaltender Keith Kinkaid was pulled ahead of the final frame in favour of Mike Condon.
Perhaps a little glimpse of hope for USA came when Vatrano scored his second of the game 3:42 into the third to make it 5-2, but even that was a hill to steep to climb.
Sergei Mozyakin gave the Russians more cushion at 13:13 of the third, making it a 6-2 score. Vadim Shipachyov potted the final goal for Russia.
Oilers winger Patrick Maroon played 11:10, was -1 and had one shot on goal. Matt Hendricks was -1 in 11:51 of playing time and had a shot on goal.
Maroon finishes the tournament with one goal and two assists in 10 games. Hendricks had an assist.
-- Chris Wescott, edmontonoilers.comAll Times Mountain