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Brodin, Eriksson Ek Win Gold at IIHF World Championship

First-place finish is first for Sweden since 2013, 10th all-time

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers /

COLOGNE, Germany -- For the first time since 1994, the gold medal game at the IIHF World Championships was decided in a shootout. Once there, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made sure Sweden was golden.

The New York Rangers goaltender stopped all four shots he faced in the shootout and saved 42 through regulation and a 20-minute overtime as Sweden won 2-1 over Canada on Sunday at LANXESS Arena.

Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin and forward Joel Eriksson Ek each won gold as a part of Team Sweden. Brodin finished with four shots on goal in nearly 25 minutes of ice time in the championship game, concluding the tournament with one goal and two assists and a plus-6 in 10 games.

Eriksson Ek had three shots on goal on Sunday in 10:49 of ice time. He also had a goal and two assists in 10 games, finishing a plus-5.

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The entirety of the goal scoring came in the span of just over two minutes in the second and third periods.

Victor Hedman scored a short-handed goal with 21 seconds remaining in the second period to give Sweden a 1-0 lead through two periods.

Another penalty by Sweden 1:48 into the third put the Canadians on another power play. This time, it took just 10 seconds for Ryan O'Reilly to capitalize, tying the game at 1.

Calvin Pickard made 41 saves for Team Canada.

It was Sweden's 10th gold medal all-time at the World Championships and first since 2013 after finishing off of the medal stand each of the past two years.

Canada, the two-time defending tournament champion, finished with silver for the first time since taking second in back-to-back years in 2008 and 2009. 

Russia won the bronze medal, defeating Finland 5-3 earlier in the day.

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