Stars defense prospect Esa Lindell and Finland took home the silver medal at the 2016 World Championship in Russia, falling 2-0 to Canada in the championship game Sunday.
Canada’s Connor McDavid scored the game-winning goal 11:24 into the first period, grabbing a loose puck, driving the net and roofing a shot over Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen. Matt Duchene sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 0.9 seconds remaining. Cam Talbot stopped all 16 shots he faced for Canada, which won its second straight gold medal at the tournament. Canada dominated throughout the game, outshooting Finland 33-16 and limiting the Finns to just nine shots over the final two periods.
Lindell, who turns 22 on Monday, played a team-high 24:58 for Finland, logging more than three minutes of ice time than the next highest player on the team. The third-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft finished the tournament with four points (one goal, three assists) and a plus-six rating. He averaged 20:06 of ice time per game, the highest on the team.
Russia took the bronze medal, routing the United States, 7-2 in Sunday’s first game. Sergei Mozyakin (two goals, one assist), Artemi Panarin (one goal, two assists) and Pavel Datsyuk (three assists) all had three-point games for Russia.
Gold: Canada 2, Finland 0
Bronze: Russia 7, United States 2
Most Valuable Player: Patrik Laine (Finland)
Best Goaltender: Mikko Koskinen (Finland)
Best Defenseman: Michael Matheson (Canada)
Best Forward: Patrik Laine (Finland)
Goaltender: Mikko Koskinen (Finland)
Defensemen: Nikita Zaitsev (Russia), Michael Matheson (Canada)
Forwards: Patrik Laine (Finland), Vadim Shipachyov (Russia), Mikael Granlund (Finland)
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