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Klingberg, Sweden win gold at World Championship

Nichushkin's three assists help Russia top Finland for bronze medal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars defenseman John Klingberg and Sweden took home the gold medal at the 2017 World Championship, defeating Canada, 2-1, in a shootout Sunday in Cologne, Germany.

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the shootout for Sweden and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four Canadian shooters as the Swedes won gold at the World Championship for the second time in the past five years.

Victor Hedman scored in regulation for Sweden and Ryan O'Reilly tallied the regulation goal for the Canadians, who were denied a third straight gold medal at the tournament.

Klingberg won his first gold medal at the World Championship and his second gold medal with Sweden in international play. He also was a member of Sweden's championship team at the 2012 World Junior Championship.

Klingberg had no points and logged 26:10 of ice time in Sunday's game, which featured a thrilling but goalless 20-minute overtime period before the shootout.

Klingberg registered six points (two goals, four assists) in ten games, leading Swedish defensemen in scoring and ranking sixth among all defensemen in the tournament. Klingberg was a plus-seven over the ten games and averaged 19:33 of ice time, which ranked third on the team.

Nichushkin's three assists help Russia to bronze

Valeri Nichushkin recorded three assists as Russia defeated Finland, 5-3, to take the bronze medal Sunday in Cologne. Nichushkin assisted on three of the game's first four goals as the Russians built a 4-0 lead by early in the second period.

Finland made a game of it, scoring three straight goals to cut the lead to 4-3 before Nikita Kucherov scored 8:03 into the third period to make it a 5-3 game.

Nichushkin, who registered his first points of the tournament in Sunday's game, had two secondary assists and a primary assist on a shorthanded goal that gave Russia 2-0 lead. He had a plus-two rating in 11:46 of ice time. Nichushkin ended the tournament with three assists, nine shots on goal and a plus-one rating in six games. He averaged 11:28 of ice time per game.

Julius Honka had no points, two shots and a minus-one rating in 17:29 of ice time in Sunday's game. He finished the tournament with three points (one goal, two assists), 25 shots on goal and a minus-three rating in ten games. He averaged 17:45 of ice time. Coaches named Honka one of Finland's three best players at the tournament.

Sunday's Medal Games

Gold: Sweden 2, Canada 1 (SO)
Bronze: Russia 5, Finland 3

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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