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Hamhuis, Weber, Mason win gold

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Predators Dan Hamhuis, Shea Weber and Chris Mason all won gold medals as Canada defeated Finland 4-2 Sunday to win the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow on Sunday. Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash scored twice and was named the most valuable player in the tournament.

Though neither Hamhuis nor Weber turned up on the scoresheet in the championship game, the two Predators defensemen made solid contributions throughout the tournament. Hamhuis, a +4 for the tournament, finished with one goal and two assists for three points in nine games. Weber notched a goal and an assist in six games and was a +2. Mason, who joined Team Canada as the third goaltender behind Cam Ward and Dwayne Roloson, dressed as backup for one game but did not play.

Predators defensive prospect Ville Koistinen entered the lineup of the silver-winning Finnish club for its final two games of the tournament and emerged with a +3 rating. Nashville winger Alexander Radulov won bronze with the host country, Russia. His team defeated Predators prospect Patric Hornqvist  and Team Sweden 3-1 on Sunday. Radulov finished the tournament with two goals in nine games while Hornqvist tallied six points (2g-4a) in nine games.


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