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Dvorak, Johnsson Shine at World Championships

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
Rangers right winger Radek Dvorak notched eight points in nine tournament contests, while helping to lead the Czech Republic to a 3-2 overtime win in the Gold Medal game vs. Finland and their third consecutive World Championship title. Dvorak's 24 shots tied for fifth on the team and his plus-nine rating tied for sixth on the club. Blueshirt defenseman Kim Johnsson, who helped lead Sweden to a Bronze Medal, was named a First Team All-Star, ranking third among defensemen with eight points (four goals, four assists) in nine games. The native of Malmo, Sweden ranked second on the team and among all defensemen with a plus-11 rating and tied for third on the club with 24 shots on goal. Blueshirt prospect Martin Richter, the Rangers' ninth round draft choice in 2000, appeared in all nine contests with the Czech Republic, registering a plus-two rating.


CZECHS CAPTURE THIRD STRAIGHT TITLE
May 13, 2001 - David Moravec scored the dramatic winner at 10:38 of sudden-death overtime as the Czech Republic beat Finland to triumph 3-2 in the gold medal game in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,513 at the Preussag Arena in Hannover. The Czechs became the first team to win three gold medals in a row since the Soviet Union's 1981-83 run. Unlike any other nation, they have also won a medal every year since 1996. For the Finns, it was a heartbreaking repeat of their 1999 overtime loss to the Czechs in the finals, when Jan Hlavac did the damage. It was their third silver medal in the last four years.

Finland outshot the Czech Republic 49-35. Both goalies, Milan Hnilicka and Pasi Nurminen, were absolutely outstanding in the match. Martin Prochazka and Jiri Dopita had the other goals for the Czechs. Juha Lind and Juha Ylönen replied for Finland.


SWEDEN DEFEATS USA 3-2 TO CLAIM BRONZE
May 13, 2001 - Andreas Johansson scored the winning goal at 16:45 of the third period as Sweden beat the USA 3-2 to win the bronze medal at the 2001 IIHF World Championships. Finishing third, Sweden matched its 1999 result in Norway, while the Americans fell short of equalling their 1996 bronze medal performance in Vienna. Kristian Huselius and Kristofer Ottosson also scored for the Swedes, while Doug Brown replied for the Americans. The score didn't reflect the feel of the game, which was surprisingly loose for a medal matchup, and the room the Americans gave Sweden to freewheel would prove their undoing. Goaltender Mikael Tellqvist made 30 saves in his first game of the tournament for Sweden, while his losing counterpart Robert Esche showed flashes of both brilliance and ineptitude in his return after sitting out the semi-finals against Finland. The Swedish team circled the ice, saluting the cheering pro-Swedish crowd at Preussag Arena after the presentation of the bronze medals.
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