Canada downs Russia for gold medal at IIHF World Championship

Canada celebrates its gold medal win at the World Championship. (Getty Images)
Canada celebrates its gold medal win at the World Championship. (Getty Images)

With the roster Canada brought to the 2015 IIHF World Championship, everyone predicted they’d run roughshod over the field and that’s exactly what they did. Canada won the gold medal at the World Championship, finishing a perfect 10-0 after skating past Russia, 6-1, in the final.

Led by a cavalcade of stars like Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Tyler Seguin and Matt Duchene, the Canadians managed to become just the fourth team since 1994 to go perfect at the World Championship. As a result, the team won the Team Jackpot, which grants the unblemished winning team 1 million Swiss Francs.

In their perfect run, the Canadians outscored their opponents 66-14. It was a dominant performance from start to finish, capped by an utter drubbing of Russia.

Canada allowed the high-flying Russians with Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ilya Kovalchuk just 12 shots on goal all game. Russia had just one shot on Mike Smith in the entire second period.

Crosby, who scored Canada’s third goal in the gold-medal game, joined the exclusive Triple Gold Club, which honors players that have won the Stanley Cup, Olympics and World Championship in their careers. Canada’s captain, who reportedly volunteered to play in this event, became just the 26th player to join that exclusive club.

Additionally, Dan Hamhuis, Duchene and Smith are now two-thirds of the way there with the Stanley Cup being the final jewel for their Triple Gold crown. Seguin, Jake Muzzin, Martin Jones and Tyler Toffoli all need an Olympic gold to accomplish Triple Gold status.

For Canadians, the World Championship gold is often the most difficult to get, since the North American squads have a hard time winning here. Not only that, but many of the best players are still in the playoffs this time of year or decide not to play in the Worlds after a long season. This was Canada’s first gold medal at the World Championship since 2007 and first medal of any color at this tournament since taking silver in 2009.

Jason Spezza, Canada’s leading scorer, was named the directorate award winner as the tournament’s best forward. Brent Burns was selected as best defenseman and Finland’s Pekka Rinne was named the tournament’s best goaltender.

The media all-star team had USA’s Connor Hellebuyck as the goaltender, with Burns and Sweden’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson on defense. The forwards included Spezza, Taylor Hall and Czech icon Jaromir Jagr.

The media also voted Jagr as tournament MVP. Jagr had six goals and three assists for the fourth-place host team.

The U.S. won the bronze medal earlier Sunday with a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic to round out the podium.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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