Sweden has pumped out some world-beating talent over the last few decades, but that hasn’t manifested itself in glory during the World Junior Hockey Championships. As shocking as it might seem, the Swedes haven’t taken home a gold medal in the annual tournament since 1981, but that all changed thanks to this sensational overtime game-winning goal by Mika Zibanejad:
That ended up being the only goal scored in the game, as Andrei Makarov (57 saves) kept Russia in the game while Johan Gustafsson only needed to stop 17 pucks to earn a shutout.
Here are the full highlights from Sweden’s 1-0 win over the Russians, who received little love from a Canadian crowd that was still smarting over the fact that the “brash” Russians sent their boys to the bronze medal consolation round:
And just because it’s fun to watch college-aged Europeans go nuts over dramatic victories, here’s the trophy presentation too:
Not sure if you can ever top last year’s (possibly already drunken) celebration by the Russians, though.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.