Canada wins gold, Heatley named MVP

Team Canada wins back-to-back IIHF World Championships for the first time since 1958-59

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Former Wisconsin wing Dany Heatley sparked a four-goal rally as Team Canada came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to claim a 5-3 victory over Sweden in the gold-medal game of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, Sunday in Prague, Czech Republic.

 

With the Canadians trailing 3-1 late in the second period, Heatley beat Sweden's netminder, Henrik Lundqvist, to cut the lead in half with five minutes, 16 seconds left in the period. Fifty-two seconds later Rob Niedermayer tied it.

 

Heatley set up the game-winner, skating into Sweden's defensive zone off the opening faceoff of the third period and finding defenseman Jay Bouwmeester for the go-ahead goal at 0:20 mark. Matt Cooke extended Canada's lead to 5-3 with the team's fourth consecutive goal at 10:12 in the final period.

 

Lundqvist finished with 22 saves while Canada's Roberto Luongo stopped 28 of 31 shots.

 

Heatley was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He led all players with eight goals and 11 points in nine games.


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