MOSCOW, May 22. /TASS/. Reigning world champions Canada retained their global title on Sunday as they defeated this year’s unstoppable team Finland 2-0 in Moscow in the final match of the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia.
Both teams already tested each other at this championship in Russia as they dueled on Tuesday within the final round robin stage match of their Group B in St. Petersburg, where Finns blanked out the 2015 World Champions 4-0.
"It helps when you play a team for the second time because you know their game, but they've played against us as well," Canada’s Brad Marchand was quoted as saying by the official IIHF website ahead of tonight’s final clash for the world’s title.
The opening period of the match for the world’s ice hockey crown saw only one scored point and it was executed into the Finnish goal after Canada’s Matt Duchene assist to Connor McDavid, who netted a perfect puck in front of the sold-out 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in the Russian capital.
Finland boasted a perfect record of nine victories in all matches they played at this championship in Russia and knocked out the hosts 3-1 on Saturday in a semifinal match on Saturday to roam into the deciding match for the title.
The second period offered both teams each chances to score in power play, but they remained unexecuted for Canada and Finland as the teams retired for the break following the scoreless 20-minute middle stretch.
The third period was a nerve breaking stretch seeing both teams looking to score on power plays, but it was Canada’s shot puck to glide peacefully into the net of the goalless net with two seconds alarm before the final siren.
Since playing in the IIHF World Championship tournaments starting in 1939 team Finland reached the record of winning the bronze in 2000, 2006 and 2008, as well as clinching eight silver medals (1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2014 and 2016) and taking two golds in 1995 and 2011. Last year at the world championship in the Czech Republic, team Finland finished in the 6th place.
This was the 7th IIHF World Championship held in Russia as it was hosted by Moscow five times, namely in 1957, 1973, 1979, 1986 and 2007, and once by St. Petersburg in 2000.
Next edition of the IIHF World Championship will be held in 2017 and hosted jointly by Germany’s Cologne and the French capital of Paris between May 5 and 21.