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Swedes win first WJC gold since 1981 in style

Jan 6, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

Sweden has pumped out some world-beating talent over the last few decades, but that hasn’t manifested itself in glory during the World Junior Hockey Championships. As shocking as it might seem, the Swedes haven’t taken home a gold medal in the annual tournament since 1981, but that all changed thanks to this sensational overtime game-winning goal by Mika Zibanejad:

That ended up being the only goal scored in the game, as Andrei Makarov (57 saves) kept Russia in the game while Johan Gustafsson only needed to stop 17 pucks to earn a shutout.

Here are the full highlights from Sweden’s 1-0 win over the Russians, who received little love from a Canadian crowd that was still smarting over the fact that the “brash” Russians sent their boys to the bronze medal consolation round:

And just because it’s fun to watch college-aged Europeans go nuts over dramatic victories, here’s the trophy presentation too:

Not sure if you can ever top last year’s (possibly already drunken) celebration by the Russians, though.

  1. babar61 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Congrads Sweden, thanks for knocking off Russia.

  2. sippindasyzurp - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    31 years and counting no more… Congrats Sweden on a dominating performance… The only reason this game was interesting was because the Russian goalie had the performance of his life. Sweden outshot Russia 57-16 and only won 1-0 in OT… The better team won!

  3. lordstanley716 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    The Russian goaltender deserves a lot of praise for his work in between the pipes… Could have been a blowout if it wasn’t for him.

    • barkar942 - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      Perhaps he can replace Mr. Universe in Philly!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Congrats to Sweden and huge props to the poor Russian goalie. But I hope everyone got to see the amazing save by the Canadian goalie in the Bronze game. Puck bounced off the post, hit his back and was falling into the net when he spun around, reached back and caught it directly above the goal line. The arena replay had even the linesman shaking his head.

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