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Canada beats Germany for record-setting 28th gold at Worlds


Sammy Blais' two-goal performance propelled Canada to a 5-2 victory over Germany in Sunday's IIHF World Championship gold-medal game.

The victory is Canada's 28th gold medal at the Worlds, breaking a tie with Russia to become the winningest nation in the tournament's history.

Tied 2-2 entering the third period, Canada pulled away with goals from Blais and Tyler Toffoli. Scott Laughton added an empty-netter to seal the victory.

Canada last won the World Championship in 2021.

Germany has never won gold at the Worlds. The silver medal is the nation's best result since 1953, when West Germany finished runner-up to Sweden. The Germans upset the United States in overtime in the semifinals to reach Sunday's gold-medal game.

Latvia shocked the U.S. in the bronze-medal contest earlier Sunday for the country's first-ever podium finish at an IIHF event.

Vancouver Canucks prospect Arturs Silovs won tournament MVP for his performance in the Latvian net. The 22-year-old posted a .921 save percentage and a 7-3-0 record in 10 games.

Buffalo Sabres forward J.J. Peterka and Calgary Flames defenseman MacKenzie Weegar were named the tournament's top players at their respective positions.

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