BERNE, Switzerland – Alexander Radulov scored the decisive goal at 14:30 of the second period as Russia defeated Canada 2-1 in the IIHF World Hockey Championship gold medal game on Sunday.
Radulov, the Nashville Predators’ 2004 first-round draft pick who played in Russia this past season, celebrated his goal in a manner that reportedly was unappreciated by the Canadians.
According to reports, Radulov twirled his stick and extended his arms after he beat defenseman Chris Phillips and then got a shot past goalie Dwayne Roloson. Several Canadians also took exception to the Russians’ post-game celebration.
Canada scored the game’s first goal at 5:37 of the opening period but was shut out the rest of the way despite a 38-17 edge in shots on goal.
Nashville defenseman Shea Weber had the Canada’s best scoring chance in the final but his shot went off the outside of the goal.
United States defenseman Ryan Suter was named Player of the Game by Team USA, which lost the bronze medal to Sweden 4-2. Suter did not have a point but was a stalwart on defense.