2016 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal Game: Canada vs. Finland

It’s been Finland’s year. And, as the only undefeated team at these World Championships, they’re now one win away from claiming yet another title – all while being led by the expected second overall pick of the upcoming NHL draft.

In their way stands Canada. But of course, in their way stood Canada in the last game of the preliminaries, when both teams were fighting for the top of Group B: and Finland wiped the floor with them, winning 4-0 and ending Canada’s own unbeaten streak.

At 11:45 a.m. MT, they meet up for one more game.

Team vs. Team

Team Record Goals For Goals Against Shots on Goal PP% PK% PIM SV%
Canada 8-1 44 11 292 29.41 92.59 62 94.09
Finland 9-0 37 8 242 30.77 89.29 60 95.09

These are the two best teams of the tournament, so it’s fitting to see them both playing for gold. They’re both at the top for scoring goals, and have been extremely good at keeping the puck out of their net. Finland doesn’t quite shoot and score as much, but they’ve still been deadly – though both are fairly matched in regards to both special teams and goaltending, Finland shutting Canada out earlier aside.

Player leaders

Team Goals Assists Points Shots on Goal PIM Average TOI SV%
Canada Taylor Hall (6) Connor McDavid (8) Derick Brassard (11) Taylor Hall (26) Brendan Gallagher (12) D: Morgan Rielly (19:54)

F: Ryan O’Reilly (17:16)

Calvin Pickard (97.14%)
Finland Patrik Laine (7) Mikael Granlund (8) Patrik Laine

Mikael Granlund (12)

Patrik Laine (33) Mikko Koivu

Antti Pihlstrom (12)

D: Jusso Hietanen (20:20)

F: Mikko Koivu (19:01)

Juuse Saros (100.00%)

While Canada’s roster is made up of almost exclusively NHLers, Finland has just eight, and one of them is Niklas Backstrom.

That said, Laine is clearly crushing it, and it hurts me that if Kings had just been able to hold on to a 3-0 lead in their final game of the season that they needed to win in order to clinch the Pacific Division, well, just, dang, you know? Or, hell, if Karri Ramo hadn’t let in that incredulously awful goal from Dustin Byfuglien in the fourth game of the season. Or millions of any other instances, probably. Oh well.

Anyway, this should be a pretty good game. And once it’s over, Team Canada co-General Manager – and regular ol’ Calgary Flames General Manager – Brad Treliving will have one less thing to see to.

  • freethe flames

    Has Laine’s play at the world’s moved the needle enough for him to overtake Matthews?

    How long after game until BT is on a plan home and completely focused on Flames business? How long until more rumors of who is being interviewed for the coaching job? Has he found anyone at the World Championships that he has signed to help the team?

    • Justthateasy

      Agreed 100%. No idea what his purpose is over there. He’s not a scout; he’s got business at home. Jet lag will take another 3 days to get his feet on the ground.

      • flamesburn89

        He made a commitment to Team Canada when he took on the role as co-GM for the Worlds. I think it would look pretty bad if he decided his presence was optional after he helped pick the team.

          • freethe flames

            I’m not mystified by this nor was my comment meant to be critical of BT going.(I expect he has done a lot of work while he was there) But I would like to see something happen so that we can talk about things that are actually being done.

      • beloch

        Being the co-GM for team Canada, in any competition, is a fantastic opportunity for networking. Treliving has just spent the last few weeks in close contact with a lot of quality hockey players and staff, both from Canada and from the other countries represented at the tournament.

        If you think that’s a waste of time, consider the fact that most GM’s probably spent the last few weeks working on their puts.

        Edit: He just got to shake Putin’s hand too. I’m sure he’ll be telling that story when he gets home!”

  • beloch

    The fact that Treliving, as co-GM, was able to put together a winning Team Canada is encouraging, because it shows he knows what qualities win hockey games. He doesn’t have the same resources to work with when building the Flames, but at least he seems to know what pieces he needs to acquire. That’s far from being nothing.

    • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

      What about Vadim Shipachyov he had 18 points in 10 games in the tournament. I’m sure there’s a team in the NHL that could use him.
      He is 29 years old and there must be a good reason he has not been signed and I don’t think he was drafted either.