Nicklas Backstrom Wins a Gold Medal for Sweden


Nicklas Backstrom scored what would ultimately be the game-winning goal in the shootout round to lead Team Sweden to a 2-1 win over Team Canada in the IIHF World Championship in Cologne, Germany. Canada won the gold medal the last two times in Worlds, but failed to get the three-peat on Sunday.

Sweden took an early 1-0 lead late in the second period on a shorthanded goal by Victor Hedman.

Canada tied it in the third on a power play goal by Ryan O’Reilly. The game would go to overtime and then ultimately the shootout.

In the shootout round, Backstrom got it started. He came down the ice, went to his left and unfurled a wrister past Calvin Pickard.

 

Oliver Ekman-Larsson would make it 2-0 for the Swedes and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four Canada skaters he faced to seal the win and the gold.

 

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NoVa Caps would like to congratulate Nicklas Backstrom on winning the gold medal!

By Michael Marzzacco

Photos from SportBladet

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