Canada vs Finland : Canada and Finland will play for the gold medal at the 2019 IIHF World Championship at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sunday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN). A championship for Canada would be its first since 2016 and would tie Russia/USSR for the most in tournament history with 27.
2019 IIHF World Championship Finals
Team : Canada vs Finland
Date : Sunday, May 26, 2019
Start Time : 2:15 PM ET
Canada vs Finland
“I didn’t really have any expectations coming in to the tournament because you never really know what is going to happen,” Canada goalie Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) told Hockey Canada’s website. “I just try to go out there and play and do what I can to help the team. Obviously we’re excited and thrilled and just thankful for the opportunity to play for a gold medal.”
Murray made 40 saves in a 5-1 win against the Czech Republic in the semifinals Saturday. Forward Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) scored his tournament-high eighth goal and had an assist.
Finland advanced with a 1-0 victory against Russia in the other semifinal. Marko Anttila scored off a rebound in the slot with 9:42 left in the third period.
Canada take on Finland for the chance to win Gold and calling the victor is not simple at all.
Canada handed out a 5-1 hammering to the Czech Republic in their semi-final on Saturday.
Whilst the scoreline is hugely impressive, it may be that Finland’s 1-0 win over Russia will put them in better stead for this final encounter.
Finland beat Canada on the opening day of the tournament and that might be another reason why they have the confidence to pull this off.
All eyes will be on youngster Kaapo Kakko, who has performed impressive feats at the tournament and looks set for an impressive career in the NHL.
Finnish goalkeeper Kevin Lankinen enjoyed a brilliant game against Russia and he will have to be on top of his game here again.
Canada are one of the powerhouses of ice hockey and have great memories of final matches against Finland.
They beat them in 1994, 2007 and 2016. This is Canada’s 10th appearance in the final game, in 17 years.