That’s all folks. The 2017 IIHF Men’s Worlds Championship has finally come to an end. And an Arizona Coyotes’ representative won gold.
That’s right. In the last game of the tournament, the Coyotes’ last representative left in the tournament, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, took home gold with team Sweden. This 2-1 shootout win is even sweeter as it came against team Canada, who had won gold the previous two years.
Going into the game, it was clear that Canada was the favored team. They were top ranked for the entire tournament and for good reason. It would take an extra period and a shootout for Sweden to secure a win against the NHL player stacked Canadian team.
In what might possibly be the last time that Henrik Lundqvist could play as a member of the Swedish national team, if the NHL does in fact not go to the 2018 Winter Olympics, there is no sweeter way to end the tournament than with a gold medal and not allowing a shot in the shootout.
The first goal for team Sweden was scored, unassisted, by Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning).
It wouldn’t be enough, as it would take both Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals) and Ekman-Larsson to score shootout goals to capture that gold medal.
This might have been one of, if not the best game by Ekman-Larsson in the tournament as he had 5 SOG and 27:40 TOI.
After losing his mother just two months ago, it is incredibly heartwarming to see Ekman-Larsson take home the gold in a tournament that he said many times his mother wanted him to compete in. Sometimes the game is just a game, and sometimes we are reminded it can be so much more.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson ends the tournament with: 2 G, 17 SOG, 3 A, +3 for 5 pts in 8 GP.