Team Canada defeated Russia 6-1 on Sunday in the Czech Republic to capture the gold medal in the 2015 IIHF World Championship. It was the first time Canada has medaled in the tournament since winning the silver medal in 2009. It was their first gold since 2007.
Cody Eakin of the Dallas Stars opened the scoring with the only goal of the first period. Canada then exploded in the middle frame with goals from Tyler Ennis (Buffalo Sabres), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars), ending Russia’s hope of winning back-to-back Gold medals.
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) and Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) added goals for Canada in the third, while Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) countered with Russia’s only goal.
As for Team USA, a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Russians placed them in the Bronze medal game against the host country. A fast start went a long way for the Americans as they medaled for the first time since winning Bronze in 2013.
Nick Bonino of the Vancouver Canucks opened the scoring 7:25 into the contest. Late in the first period, Trevor Lewis of the Los Angeles Kings extended the lead to 2-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the period. Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild netting USA’s third goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining in the second period and the Americans held on for the 3-0 victory.
Connor Hellebuyck, who plays in the Winnipeg Jets’ organization, stopped all 39 shots he faced for the shutout victory.