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Schultz Wins Second World Championship Gold

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild defenseman Nick Schultz will be returning home from Russia with his second World Championship gold medal in tow. Schultz and Team Canada defeated Mikko Koivu, Petteri Nummelin and Team Finland, 4-2 in the championship game on Sunday. Schultz, who posted a plus-four rating in eight games, also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2004 World Championships.

Koivu and Nummelin, who won silver medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics, settled for second place again. Nummelin tied for second in defensemen scoring in the tournament with three goals and five assists in seven games. All three of his goals came on the power play. Koivu notched four points, including the game-winning overtime goal against Russia in the semifinals.

The United States, with featured Wild RW Adam Hall, placed fifth in the tournament. Hall recorded one assist in seven games. Team Slovakia, which boasted three Wild players -- Marian Gaborik, Pavol Demitra and Branko Radivojevic -- took sixth place. Gaborik scored five goals and six assists in six games and ranked tied for sixth in tournament scoring.

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