Once again, Canada put together the best bunch of world-class players it could manage and overwhelmed the rest of the world.
This time around, their gold medal came at the 2015 World Hockey Championship, as they absolutely throttled Russia by a score of 6-1. The finish was fittingly lopsided, too, as the shot count was 37-12 in Canada’s favor.
Sidney Crosby factored into the win – including a goal assisted by best buddy in the world Claude Giroux – and now joins the “Triple Gold Club.”
HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman lists some other members of this made-up but impressive group:
It had to be a refreshing period for frustrated NHL players on Team Canada, particularly guys like Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Russia finishes up with the silver medal while the U.S. edged the Czech Republic earlier on Sunday for a hard-fought bronze. There were obviously some missed feelings for Russia after such a drubbing in the gold-medal game.
In other tournament news, Jaromir Jagr took home the tournament MVP.
Following the Czech Republic’s 3-0 loss to the Americans in the bronze medal game at the World Hockey Championship on Sunday, Jaromir Jagr announced his retirement from international competition.
If this sounds familiar, it should.
It was nearly a year ago that Jagr announced his retirement from the Czech national team following a loss to Sweden in the bronze medal game at the 2014 World Hockey Championship.
The 43-year-old returned to play at this year’s tournament because it was in the Czech Republic.
Jagr had six goals and three assists in 10 games at this year’s tournament.
Related: Panthers re-sign Jagr to a one-year deal
As the conference finals begin in the NHL, the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship is winding down.
You can stream Saturday’s semifinal matchup between Sidney Crosby and Team Canada versus Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic via the link below.
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Two goals by Evgeni Malkin and one by Vladimir Tarasenko helped Russia to a 5-3 victory over Sweden today at the world hockey championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
The result sets up a semifinal between Russia and the United States on Saturday in Prague.
Russia is expected to have Alex Ovechkin in the lineup against the Americans, who defeated Switzerland today.
Canada, after hammering Belarus, will face the Czechs in the other semifinal on Saturday. The hosts got a late goal from Jaromir Jagr to help them defeat the Finns, 5-3, today.
The gold-medal game goes Sunday in Prague.
Russia is the defending gold-medal winner at the worlds. The United States was last crowned world champion in 1960, at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.
We all saw the hit Brooks Orpik put on Dan Boyle last night:
After the game, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault reportedly thought Boyle would be fine. But the 38-year-old didn’t look particularly fine trying to skate off the ice, and he didn’t return to the game.
Many observers felt Orpik deserved to be penalized for a hit to the head.
Ex-referee Kerry Fraser, however, deemed the hit legal.
Fraser’s full explanation is here at TSN.ca. But it boils down to Rule 48, which was reworded in 2013 to clarify that only “avoidable” contact to head would be punished.
According to Fraser, the contact to Boyle’s head was not illegal, because:
– Boyle placed himself in a vulnerable position.
– The Rangers player materially change his body and head position immediately prior to the hit delivered by Orpik.
– Orpik attempted to hit squarely through his opponent’s body and did not “pick” Boyle’s head.
The NHL has applied the reworded Rule 48 before. Remember when Radko Gudas was not suspended for a hit on Scottie Upshall?
Fraser, for the record, does not like the fact that Orpik’s hit was a legal one. In fact, he feels it’s “time to rethink the end game and re-draft” Rule 48 to outlaw hits that are “designed to inflict excessive punishment on a vulnerable player.”