2016-17 National Men's Team

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2017 IIHF World Championship
Game #61
Semifinal
Final
May 20, 2017 9:15 am EDT
LANXESS Arena
Cologne, GER

Scoring

Teams
1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
0
2
0
2
0
0
4
4

Shots on Goal

1st
2nd
3rd
Final
Teams
1
2
3
F
7
12
19
38
11
12
6
29

Statistics

Teams
PP
PIM
0 / 5
22
1 / 6
10

Game Story

CANADA TO PLAY FOR WORLDS GOLD

WENDY GRAVES

COLOGNE, Germany – Canada’s National Men’s Team scored four unanswered goals in the third period in erasing a two-goal deficit and defeating Russia 4-2 in the semifinals of the 2017 IIHF World Championship.

Canada advances to the gold medal game for the third straight year, and will aim to make it a three-peat of world championship titles when it faces either Sweden or Finland on Sunday (2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 a.m. PT).

Mark Scheifele (Kitchener, Ont./Winnipeg, NHL), Nathan MacKinnon (Cole Harbour, N.S./Colorado, NHL), Ryan O’Reilly (Varna, Ont./Buffalo, NHL) and Sean Couturier (Bathurst, N.B./Philadelphia, NHL) scored in a final frame that the Canadians simply dominated. Canada outshot Russia 19-5 in the third period, and 38-28 overall.

Only 17 seconds into the third, Scheifele – set up in the slot – redirected a pass from MacKinnon on the power play.

Canada continued to press but needed until 4:53 remained in regulation to equalize. MacKinnon regained control of a loose puck in the slot and slid the tying goal in short side.

And 1:51 later, O’Reilly gave Canada its first lead. The puck bounced off two Russian players onto O’Reilly’s stick; the two-time gold medallist scored from the side of the net.

An insurance goal by Couturier into an empty net gave Canada a two-goal lead with just over a minute to go.

With the win, Canada now leads the all-time head-to-head matchup 9-8.

Calvin Pickard (Winnipeg, Man./Colorado, NHL) picked up his fifth victory of the tournament.

Saturday’s semifinal was the first meeting between the countries since Canada defeated Russia in the 2015 gold medal game.

An up-tempo opening period brought only one whistle and no goals.

Canada took two early penalties and was on its heels in the opening minutes of the second period. But the tournament’s second-best penalty kill allowed only a single shot each time to the tournament-best power play.

Russia finally opened the scoring just past the midway mark of the game, when Yevgeni Kuznetsov was left alone at the side of the net to convert a pass from Artemi Panarin. It marked the first time Canada surrendered the opening goal in a game.

Canada took another penalty – its fourth of the middle period – minutes later, and this one proved costly. Nikita Gusev finished off a passing play with a one-timer from the low slot to put Russia up 2-0.

Andrei Vasilevski took the loss in net.

Play by Play

Team
Description
Time
1st Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Mark Scheifele
Interference (2:00)
14:54
2nd Period
PENALTY
Penalty: Travis Konecny
Interference (2:00)
01:21
PENALTY
Penalty:
Too Many Players (2:00)
04:13
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Belov
Hit to the Head (2:00)
08:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Belov
10-Minute Misconduct - Misconduct (10:00)
08:36
PENALTY
Penalty: Bogdan Kiselevich
Roughing (2:00)
08:38
PENALTY
Penalty: Mark Scheifele
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (2:00)
08:38
GOAL
Goal: Yevgeni Kuznetsov

Assists: Artemi Panarin, Nikita Kucherov
12:16
PENALTY
Penalty: Wayne Simmonds
Slashing (2:00)
13:47
GOAL
Goal: Nikita Gusev

Assists: Vadim Shipachyov, Artemi Panarin
14:50
PENALTY
Penalty: Artyom Zub
Slashing (2:00)
18:30
3rd Period
GOAL
Goal: Mark Scheifele (power play)

Assists: Nathan MacKinnon, Colton Parayko
00:17
PENALTY
Penalty: Anton Belov
Cross-Checking (2:00)
01:30
PENALTY
Penalty: Artyom Zub
Tripping (2:00)
07:19
PENALTY
Penalty: Yevgeni Kuznetsov
Goaltender Interference (2:00)
10:13
GOAL
Goal: Nathan MacKinnon

Assists: Travis Konecny
15:07
GOAL
Goal: Ryan O'Reilly

Assists: Michael Matheson
16:58
GOAL (EN)
Goal: Sean Couturier

Assists: Ryan O'Reilly, Colton Parayko
18:53
GOALTENDER CHANGE
Goaltender Change: Andrei Vasilevski

18:54

Goaltenders

Name Team Mins Shots Saves GA SV%
Andrei Vasilevski RUS 58 28 25 3 0.893
Calvin Pickard CAN 60 38 36 2 0.947

Game Leaders

Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 1 - Assists 1 - Points 2
G 1 - A 1 - P 2
Goals 1 - Assists 0 - Points 1
G 1 - A 0 - P 1
Goals 0 - Assists 2 - Points 2
G 0 - A 2 - P 2

Previous Games

5 - 3 W @ FinlandFIN
May 21, 2017
1 - 2 L @ SwedenSWE
May 21, 2017
2 - 4 L @ CanadaCAN
May 20, 2017
4 - 2 W v RussiaRUS
May 20, 2017
3 - 0 W v Czech Republic CZE
May 18, 2017
2 - 1 W v GermanyGER
May 18, 2017
Videos
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2018-19 NWT: CAN 4 – USA 3 (Game 2)
Poulin and Rattray had 1G 1A each to help Canada even the series.
2018-19 NWT: USA 1 – CAN 0 (Game 1)
Maschmeyer made 20 saves, but Canada was blanked in the opener.
2019 U18WWC: CAN 3 – USA 2 (OT) (Gold Medal)
Wheeler scored 1:34 into OT, giving Canada its 5th gold medal.
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