May 17th the battle for the medals in Ice Hockey World Championships 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic took place. When the gunsmoke had faded team Canada had outshot their opponents in the final, beating Russia 6-1. Team USA got the bronze medal after a stable game.
Canada – Russia
In the first period the phase was high and both teams got their chances at net. The first goal came in the end of the period when Tyler Ennis shoveled a puck against the Russian goal. It went in with a little help from Cody Eakins skate. The beginning of the second period would prove to be decisive for the game. Tyler Ennis rounded the Russian net with great speed for 2-0, two minutes into the middle act. Malkin failed to convert on a breakaway. 7:21 into the period, Sidney Crosby scored 3-0 on a beautiful assist by Jordan Eberle. Less then a minute later Tyler Seguin scored his ninth goal of the tournament, assisted by Claude Giroux. 4-0 Canada who dominated the game completely against a weak Russian team who couldn’t keep up the phase. Nine minutes into the third period Claude Giroux scored 5-0 in power play, assisted by Sidney Crosby. Less than a minute later Bobrovski in the Russian goal let in a weak shot by Nathan MacKinnon. After sixty minutes of play, Canada won the game 6-1. They were favourites before the tournament and dominated all the way. Hats off!
USA won the bronze medal
In the bronze game Connor Hellebuyck had a good day at work and did a number of saves against Czech Republic. Nick Bonino and Trevor Lewis scored a goal each for team USA in the first period. The shots were 11-11 but USA capitalized, unlike Czech Republic. In the second period the home team got the chance to play with the man advantage in four and two minutes but failed to convert. Instead Charlie Coyle scored 3-0 for USA with 50 seconds left of the period. This also became the final result and USA won the bronze medal while the host nation Czech Republic ended up in fourth place.
Chicken Swedes will return with a summary of the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championships in a later post.