Nick Paul’s OT winner hands Canadians 3-2 win in final for country’s 27th world title
Nick Paul scored in overtime on an assist from Ottawa Senators teammate Connor Brown, and Canada completed its amazing turnaround at the world hockey championship with a 3-2 win over Finland in the gold-medal game on Sunday.
Paul and Brown completed a two-on-one break during the three-a-side overtime with Brown sliding the puck over to Paul, who beat Finnish goaltender Jussi Olkinuora 6:26 into the extra frame.
Maxime Comtois and Adam Henrique also scored for Canada, which looked down-and-out after losing its first three games in Riga before going on an improbable run to the top of the podium.
“We started off 0-3, not the start we wanted, but we came together as a group,” Paul said. “People counted us out, we knew we were going to come together, work hard and take it in the end and we did. We made it closer than we wanted, but it was an unbelievable, hard-fought game and I’m super proud right now.”