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WORLDS RECAP: CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

by Jourdon LaBarber / Buffalo Sabres

Just as the Buffalo Sabres had done so many times this season, Canada called upon Ryan O'Reilly in its moment of desperation on Sunday. Eight seconds remained in the Gold Medal Game, and the Canadians were pinned in their own zone. Their opponent, Finland, prepared for one final stab at erasing a 1-0 deficit with an extra attacker on the ice.

O'Reilly, the Sabres' ace faceoff man, was selected to take the draw against Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild. The two tangled at the dot, battling for possession until the Canadians' Brad Marchand finally came to claim the puck. He passed it up the ice to Matt Duchene, who sped away to score the empty net goal and make it 2-0 with just one second left on the clock.

For the second year in a row, Canada had won the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship.

O'Reilly, who was also a part of the 2015 gold medal team, logged three shots in 17:24 of ice time in Moscow, Russia. He finished the tournament with eight points (2+6) in 10 games, playing the same two-way role for Canada as he does for Buffalo.

Fellow Sabre Sam Reinhart, a first-timer at the World Championship, played 5:42 of ice time. He had four assists in the tournament, including one in the semifinal against the U.S. on Saturday.

Connor McDavid scored the first goal of the game just 11:24 into the contest for Canada, and it was all the reigning champs would need. Goalie Cam Talbot was a perfect 16-for-16 on save attempts for his fourth shutout of the tournament.

After running the table to an undefeated record in 2015, the Canadians had lost only one game – a 4-0 loss to Finland on May 17 – entering Sunday's game. They finished the tournament having outscored their opponents 44-11.


RUS 7 - USA 2
Team USA fell to Russia 7-2 in the Bronze Medal Game of the 2016 IIHF World Championship on Sunday in Moscow.

Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe, named Saturday as one of Team USA's top three players, finished with one shot and a minus-3 rating in 18:30 of ice time against the Russians. Hudson Fasching played 15:20, logging an even rating and one shot on goal.

Sergei Mozyakin (2+1) and Pavel Datsyuk (0+3) led Russia in scoring to secure third place in the tournament in front of their home fans. They've now won a medal in each of the past three World Championships (gold in 2014, silver in 2015 and now bronze in 2016).

Frank Vatrano scored twice for Team USA, with his first coming late in the second period to make it a 4-1 game. Travis Kinkaid started in goal but was replaced by Mike Condon to start the third period when it was 5-1. Sergei Bobrovski made 28 saves for Russia, who was outshot 30-29.

Team USA went 0-for-5 on the power play while Russia went 2-for-4.

-Chris Ryndak, Sabres.com

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