Nicklas Backstrom won’t be lifting the Stanley Cup this year. However, he won’t come away from the hockey season empty-handed. The Capitals composer scored the decisive goal for his native Sweden in a 2-1 shootout win over Canada to claim the gold medal in the IIHF World Championship. He beat Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard.
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Henrik Lundqvist denied Mitch Marner to seal the win in the shootout, as Swedes erupted in jubilation.
KING LUNDQVIST AND SWEDEN ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/pREXoIxNaw
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Backstrom finished the tournament with three goals and four assists in five games, including his shootout goal. IIHF includes shootout goals to overall stats.
Backstrom overcame a sluggish gold medal game in which he picked up two minor penalties with his heroics in the shootout. He also overcomes the disappointment of missing the Gold Medal game during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi due to suspension for using a “banned substance” which turned out to be an allergy medicine.
Meanwhile, Backstrom was not the only Capitals players who came away with a medal at the tournament. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov claimed the bronze medal, as the Russians topped Finland 5-3 in the bronze medal game. Orlov scored one goal in the tournament as Kuznetsov had one goal and two assists.