Prague (Canadian Press) – Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 Sunday with a goal and an assist in a dominant 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the final.
In a meeting of the two most decorated teams in world championship history, Canada claimed its 25th title with another attacking display that Russia simply couldn’t cope with.
Six players scored for Canada, with Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin putting his team ahead late in the first period before Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis, Crosby and Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin decided the game in a six-minute span in the second.
Forwards Claude Giroux and Nathan MacKinnon added one each in the third before Russia’s got a consolation goal from Evgeni Malkin.
Canada dominated the tournament, winning all 10 games and scoring 66 goals. By going undefeated, Hockey Canada wins $1M to fund international hockey programs.
For the record, as many pundits said that this team could complete for the Stanley Cup– they could NOT. Their combined payroll would be $92M …well above the NHL salary cap.
Americans shut out the hosts
The United States blanked the host Czech Republic 3-0 at the ice hockey world championship Sunday to claim a second bronze medal in three years.
Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the St. Johns IceCaps made 39 saves for the shutout.
“He’s our best player,” New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson said. “He’s the reason why we’re here, why we’re able to win the medal. He shut the door numerous times.”
The U.S. bounced back from a 4-0 loss to Russia in the semifinals on Saturday. Nick Bonino scored 7:25 into the game and Trevor Lewis got the second with 1:57 to go in the first.
After the U.S. killed a four-minute, one-man advantage, Charlie Coyle netted the third with 50 seconds left in the second to wrap up a decent tournament for the young American team. Bonino and Coyle also had an assist each.
“It was a great effort tonight. We were little bit of shaky at the start but once we settled things down we played pretty well,” said Lewis, the Los Angeles Kings forward. “We’re a young group, we battled hard all the way through. To come out with the medal is awesome.”
The U.S. team won its group with six wins and one loss and knocked out Switzerland with a 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals.
The Czechs lost to Canada 2-0 in the semis.
“A tough game. One of those games for sure you want to forget soon,” Czech veteran Jaromir Jagr said. “But that’s sport. Sometimes you play well, sometimes you don’t.”