Canada demolishes Russia to win world championship

Sun May 17, 2015 7:14pm EDT
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By Michael Kahn and Robert Muller

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Canada won the world ice hockey championship on Sunday with a dominating 6-1 win over Russia  as three quick-fire second-period goals helped the team filled with NHL stars finish the tournament undefeated.

Canada, which conceded only one goal in the knockout round. won their first world championship since 2007.

The Canadians outshot the defending champions 37-12 and limited opportunities with the kind of defense that led them to gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The North Americans started fast and forced Russian goalkeeper Sergei Bobrovsky into a number of saves before Cody Eakin redirected an acrobatic Tyler Ennis shot into the net late in the first period.

"Everyone was so focused going into the tournament," defenseman Ryan O'Reilly said. "Having that goal going into intermission gave us life and confidence."

Ennis extended the lead less than two minutes into the second period when he skated in behind the goal and wrapped the puck into the net.

Canada continued to create scoring chances with captain Sidney Crosby giving the North Americans a 3-0 lead when he tapped in a Jordan Eberle pass.  Less than a minute later Taylor Seguin beat Bobrovsky, forcing Russia to use a time out to try to regroup.

"There was incredible determination," Ennis said. "We wanted to win because Canada did not win in a long time."   Continued...

Team Canada poses for photographers after winning the Ice Hockey World Championship final game at the O2 arena in Prague, Czech Republic May 17, 2015.   REUTERS/David W Cerny