While most NHL teams are out of the playoffs, some of their players participated in this year’s World Championships.
For the second consecutive year, Team Sweden took home gold. Sweden’s team consisted of many notable NHL players, including Oliver Ekman Larsson, Patric Hörnqvist, Filip Forsberg, and John Klingberg
The gold medal game between Sweden and Switzerland went all the way to a shootout. Forsberg, of the Nashville Predators, scored the shootout-winning goal to lift Team Sweden to a 3-2 victory.
Sweden dominated throughout the tournament, posting a record of 8-2. They had three players in the top 10 in points in the tournament, with Rickard Rakell at number four, totaling 14 points in 10 games.
Also, Sweden was carried by impressive goaltending from Anders Nilsson, whose goals against average was the best in the tournament at 1.09.
Switzerland was a bit of a surprise in the tournament, but was carried by NHL players Nino Niederreiter and Roman Josi.
On the other hand, in the bronze medal game, the United States and Canada added to their historic rivalry.
Team USA won bronze with a 4-1 victory. Chris Kreider scored two goals for the United States, while Anders Lee and Nick Bonino added the others. The lone goal from Canada came from defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
Also, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane of Team USA won tournament MVP and led in scoring with 20 points in 10 games.
Although most of the players were not able to achieve their dreams of winning a Stanley Cup this year, they still were able to win some impressive hardware.