Canada Goes for Gold vs Sweden!

Elias Hubbard
May 21, 2017

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist in the third period Saturday to help propel Canada to a 4-2 come-from-behind win against Russian Federation in Cologne, Germany for a berth in the IIHF World Championship gold medal game against Sweden on Sunday.

Canada came back only seconds shy in the opening time of the third period with Mark Scheifele scoring a goal bring the intrigue in score o 1-2. Nathan MacKinnon would tie the game with 4:53 to go before Ryan O'Reilly would give Canada the lead with 3:02 to go.

Yevgeni Kuznetsov and Nikita Gusev scored in the second period for Russian Federation but Mark Scheifele halved the deficit when he beat netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy just 17 seconds into the final stanza. Russia, who beat the Czech Republic, await Canada in a mouthwatering semifinals.Germany's entertaining run in Cologne has been ended by an impressive display by Canada.

The gold medal game is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday and can be viewed on the NHL Network. Sweden's Joakim Nordstrom, left, shoots to score his side's fourth goal, next to Finland's Oskar Osala at the Ice Hockey World Championships semifinal match between Sweden and Finland in the Lanxess arena in Cologne, German. Artemi Panarin sealed the deal in the third with a goal with six minutes to go.

The first period is a fundamental conflict between Canada and Russian Federation was held in equal fight, and the highlight was a spectacular power reception Shanna Braden on Sergei Andronov.

Canada came out flying for the third period to turn the game around.

Canada wasted no time getting on the board in the third.

Sweden is looking for their 10th gold at Worlds and first since 2013.

Canada, the two-time defending champions, hasn't won three straight gold medals at this event since the early 1950s.

Henrik Lundqvist ensured it was the Finns' last goal. The teams skated to a 1-1 tie through one period.

We'll post a full game recap after tomorrow's games as well as a brief look back at the tournament! I think that's our strength, our team effort.

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