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Finland tops Canada for world hockey championship

Russia, behind Andrei Vasilevskiy, finishes third with a shootout win over the Czech Republic.
Finland players celebrate with their trophy after beating Canada 3-1 in the Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal match at the Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Published May 27

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Marko Anttila helped lead Finland to its third world title, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday.

Finland became the first nation to win a world title with no players who finished the season on an NHL roster (not counting the 1995 and 2005 lockout years) since at least 1993.

“I don’t even know how we won,” forward Jere Sallinen said. “It’s unbelievable. We’re a pretty good hockey country. Maybe it’s a miracle on ice, something like that.”

Blackhawks prospect Kevin Lankinen made 42 saves for Finland, allowing only a first-period goal by the Golden Knights’ Shea Theodore.

The Penguins’ Matt Murray stopped 19 shots for Canada, whose silver medalists included the Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph.

“I think we deserved a medal,” Canadian and Devils defenseman Damon Severson said. “We had some spells where maybe we didn’t, but overall we played a really good tournament. It’s unfortunate we got the wrong medal.”

Russia won the bronze with a 3-2 shootout win over the Czech Republic.

The Kings’ Ilya Kovalchuk and the Golden Knights’ Nikita Gusev scored in the shootout, and Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was perfect after making 48 saves in regulation and overtime.

“(Russia has) probably the best goalie in the world, and he helped a bunch (Sunday),” said the Czech Republic’s Dmitrij Jaskin, a Capitals forward. “We had 50 shots, and he let two in. That says it all right there.”

Russia and Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev said Vasilevskiy “played out of his skin.”

“He stopped everything he could and a few that he couldn’t, in regulation and in overtime and then in the shootout. Big thanks to him; he was great,” said Sergachev, who assisted on Russia’s first goal.

Nikita Kucherov was pointless for the Russians. Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta had an assist for the Czechs; Ondrej Palat was pointless.


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