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Brassard Captures Gold With Canada

by Jim Cerny / New York Rangers

The 2016 World Championships came to an end Sunday with a gold medal around the neck of Rangers center Derick Brassard. Canada, with Brassard playing nearly 17 minutes, shut out Finland 2-0 in the Gold Medal game on Sunday.

Though he was held off the score sheet against Finland--Connor McDavid and Matt Duchene scored the goals for Canada--Brassard led Canada in scoring during the tournament, registering 11 points as the Canadians won nine of their ten games and Brassard notched at least one point in eight of those contests.

Brassard, who scored five goals and added six assists, ranked sixth among all scorers at the 2016 World Championships. He also posted a +9 plus/minus rating, tied for seventh best in the tournament and third best on Team Canada.

The most important of Brassard's goals came on Saturday during Canada's come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the United States in the semifinals. With Canada trailing 3-2 after three straight goals by Team USA in the second period, Brassard scored a power play goal to tie the game before the second intermission arrived. Canada then scored early in the third period and held on for the victory, setting the stage for Sunday's gold medal coronation.

The United States lost to host Russia, 7-2, in the Bronze Medal game on Sunday to finish in fourth place. Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei logged 17 minutes 12 seconds worth of ice time against Russia and recorded a pair of shots on goal.

Skjei appeared in all ten games played by the United States and scored one goal.

Rangers prospect Nicklas Jensen had an excellent tournament, scoring five goals and adding a pair of assists for seven points in eight games for Denmark. Jensen notched a pair of game-winners and also two power play goals at the Worlds.

Mats Zuccarello appeared in seven games for Norway, which did not play past the preliminary round, and scored one goal to go along with two assists and three points.

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