Nicklas Backstrom won't be lifting the Stanley Cup this June, but he is not leaving this hockey season empty-handed as Team Sweden defeated Team Canada 2-1 in a shootout on Sunday to win gold in the IIHF World Championship. Backstrom scored what proved to be the decisive shootout goal against Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard.

The goal salvaged what had been a rough day for the Backstrom who took two minor penalties in the game. He finished the tournament with three goals and four assists in five games played including Sunday's shootout goal. Per IIHF rules, game-winning shootout goals are recorded as goals in the tournament's official stats.

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In addition, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov are coming home with a bronze medal after Russia’s 5-3 win over Finland. Russia relinquished a 2-0 third period lead to Canada in Saturday’s semifinal loss. On Sunday, Russia jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Finland and then gave up three straight goals before Nikita Kucherov put it away late.

In five games, Kuznetsov scored one goal and two assists while Orlov recorded one goal.

Washington’s fourth representative, Philipp Grubauer, saw his tournament end in the quarterfinals as his native Germany fell to Canada 2-1 despite Grubauer recording 48 saves in the effort. Grubauer finished the tournament with a 2.42 GAA and .938 save percentage in two games played.


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