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O'Reilly, Canada win silver at Worlds as Sweden claims gold in shootout

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

High drama highlighted the gold medal game of the 2017 IIHF World Championship on Sunday in Cologne, Germany. Sixty minutes of regulation play and a 20-minute overtime session were not enough to decide an instant classic between Canada and Sweden. 

Buffalo's Ryan O'Reilly scored the game-tying goal for Canada in the third period, but hit the post in the shootout as Team Sweden defeated the Canadians 2-1. Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the best-of-five shootout for Sweden, while Henrik Lundqvist was credited with 41 saves.

It marked the first time the gold medal game of the tournament had gone to a shootout since 1994. 

O'Reilly has medaled in each of his last three appearances at the World Championship. He had earned gold in each of the previous two tournaments. He recorded five shots in 26:24 of action in Sunday's championship game and was a dominant force in the faceoff circle. No Canadian forward racked up more ice time.

Sweden took a 1-0 lead with 21 seconds remaining in the second period when a backhand shot by Victor Hedman while the Swedes were shorthanded bounced and skipped past Calvin Pickard.

The Canadians found themselves on the power play again early in the third period and they wasted no time. O'Reilly won the faceoff and then headed to the front of the net. He was then able to slip home a Mitch Marner rebound to beat Lundqvist, tying the game 1:58 into the period.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Ryan O'Reilly does it again ��Canada ���� & Sweden ���� are tied up 1-1! #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/X8aqLQ9fS6

O'Reilly finished the tournament with six goals and three assists in 10 games. Nathan MacKinnon led Canada in scoring with 15 points (6+9).

Earlier in the day, Russia defeated Finland 5-3 in the bronze medal game. 

Sweden's William Nylander was named the MVP of the tournament.

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