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Mikael Granlund’s World Championship lacrosse goal is officially stamp-worthy


It’s so rare these days to see a goal that blows your mind completely and makes you watch the replay over and over again, but what Team Finland young stud and Minnesota Wild prospect Mikael Granlund did this year was something special.

Granlund’s lacrosse-style goal that he scored against Team Russia during the 2011 World Championships was truly a thing of beauty as Team Finland took out Russia in the tournament and went on to win the gold medal over rival Sweden. As these things go in Europe, big goals in international competition can earn you a fair amount of celebrity and for Granlund that’s no different as his incredible goal has landed him on a stamp.

While the Finns continue to revel in their first IIHF World Championships title since 1995, they can now share it with the rest of the world via mail as Granlund’s incredible goal to beat Konstantin Barulin will be immortalized for good via stamp. The last time we’ve seen something like that was 1994 when Peter Forsberg’s shootout goal against Corey Hirsch in the Olympics to beat Canada for the gold medal was similarly immortalized on a stamp in his home country of Sweden.

For Granlund, his next stop would seem likely to be in North America to make the Minnesota Wild roster where we can only hope that perhaps he’ll be able to do the same kind of magical things to spice things up in St. Paul to give Wild fans a reason to go crazy. There are rumors about the KHL trying to sway Granlund away but those, so far, appear to be unfounded. The NHL offers the biggest stage for players in the world, so bringing those stickhandling skills over here make a lot more sense. The money doesn’t hurt either.

If you’re a Finnish fan or a Wild fan looking to get in on buying the stamp for your collectibles, you can get them here.

(Thanks to Janne Virtanen @amateur_hockey for sharing the stamp via Twitter)

Video: Finland’s Mikael Granlund scores the goal of the year vs. Russia

Mikael Granlund

While Finland was busy upsetting Russia today at the World Championships 3-0 to book a date in the gold medal game against rival Sweden, we got a glimpse of what the future might be like for the Minnesota Wild thanks to their 2010 first round pick Mikael Granlund.

During the second period with the game locked in a scoreless tie, Granlund carried the puck around the Russian net while being chased down by the defense. With the Russian defense unable to keep up with him, Granlund did something we haven’t seen in some time. He picked the puck up on his stick and scored a stunning lacrosse-style goal to beat and embarrass Konstantin Barulin and the Russians.

The last time we saw something like this was 1996 in the NCAA Tournament when the University of Michigan’s Mike Legg beat the University of Minnesota with a similar goal. Sidney Crosby too has pulled the trick off in the past. For now though, it’s Granlund’s moment to shine. We’re pretty sure fans in Minnesota might pass out from the excitement of seeing an actually talented offensive skill player doing crazy things like this. It’s been a few years since they’ve seen that.

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Ilya Kovalchuk helps lead Russia over Canada at World Championships 2-1

Ilya Kovalchuk

Team Canada’s hopes of winning gold at the World Championships once again came to an end thanks to Team Russia. Once again it would be a familiar face ending Canada’s hopes. Last year it was Ilya Kovalchuk assisting on three goals in a 4-0 Russia win over Canada. This year, Kovalchuk was casting the dagger himself scoring the game-winning goal himself with under eight minutes to play in the third to give Russia a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals.

Canada got out to a 1-0 lead in the first period thanks to a goal from Jason Spezza and while Canada dominated the game, Russia struck quickly in the third period thanks to goals just over three minutes apart by Alexei Kaigorodov with a shorthanded effort and then Kovalchuk’s tally after that.

Russia managed to get just four shots on goal in the third period but scored on two of them on Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier. Canada outshot Russia 37-20 in the game but Russian goalie Konstantin Barulin stood tall stopping 36 shots to get the win and give Russia a shot at a medal as they’ve landed in the semifinals to face Finland.

Here’s the highlights from Canada’s loss to Russia.

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