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Sweden tops Canada on penalties to win hockey world championship

Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist (35) is hugged by his teammate William Nylander after winning the Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal match between Canada and Sweden in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday. (Andre Ringuette / Associated Press)
Sweden's Henrik Lundqvist (35) is hugged by his teammate William Nylander after winning the Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal match between Canada and Sweden in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday. (Andre Ringuette / Associated Press)
By Ciaran Fahey Associated Press

COLOGNE, Germany – Sweden won the ice hockey world championship with a 2-1 victory on penalties over two-time defending champion Canada on Sunday.

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four penalties as Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals for the Swedes to win their first title since 2013.

The game ended 1-1 after overtime.

Lundqvist and Canada counterpart Calvin Pickard, who saved William Nylander’s first penalty for Sweden, were outstanding in a game in which the Canadians narrowly outshot their opponents by 43-42.

The breakthrough came against the odds, with Backstrom penalized for slashing, when Victor Hedman scored short-handed with 20.8 seconds left in the second period.

Ryan O’Reilly equalized when he scrambled the puck in off a rebound from Mitch Marner.

Nate MacKinnon missed a good chance to clinch the win for Canada on a power play before overtime.

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