Finland won the 2011 IIHF World Championship convincingly by knocking off Sweden 6-1 on Sunday. It was just the second goal medal in the World Championship tournament by the IIHF’s second ranked team in the world and the first since 1995.
The game was deadlocked at 1-1 after two periods but a five goal barrage in the third capped off an entertaining tournament. New Jersey Devils’ Finnish defenseman Anssi Salmela had an assist in the winning effort.
Sweden and Devils’ rookie Mattias Tedenby earned the Silver medal after back-to-back bronze medals in 2009 and 2010.
In the Bronze medal game played earlier in the day the Czech Republic beat Russia 7-4 to take home their second consecutive World Championship Medal. Last year the Czech team won the Gold in Germany.
Patrik Elias was held without a point today but had a good tournament with his 4 goals, 5 assists in 9 games for the Czechs.
Kudos go to the veteran Elias leading his country to another IIHF medal.
Devils’ winger Ilya Kovalchuk scored 2 goals in the loss. After a slow start in the tournament, Kovalchuk finished with 3 goals, 5 assists in the Russians’ 9 games. Kovalchuks’ 3 goals came in Russia’s final two games.
All in all it was an incredible tournament with some amazing goals and great team performances. The Devils were represented well with four players of the seven players from the current roster participating in the tournament. With Elias, Kovalchuk, Salmela and Tedenby all earning the opportunity to play for a medal.
Now onto what we expect to be an interesting summer in New Jersey. Mr. Lamoriello you’re on the clock.
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Finland Wins Gold; Elias and the Czechs Take the Bronze
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