Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sweden Wins Worlds and Lundqvist Gets Mauled in Dangerous Celebration

Sweden defeated Canada to win the IIHF World Hockey Championships on Sunday, and Henrik Lundqvist nearly died.

Check out the celebration tackle by William Nylander after the victory was clinched in a shootout by the King.

Here's the save and the tackle:

And here's another angle, which is a lot scarier. William Nylander, you young whippersnapper, take it easy on the King.

In the first Gold Medal game that went to a shootout since 1994, Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced while Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored for Sweden. It was Sweden's first victory over Canada in an IIHF World Championship final in four tries.

Both goalies--Lundqvist and Cal Pickard--were named Best Player of the game for their respective teams.

Nylander was named tournament MVP. He was not penalized for nearly killing his goalie. All's well that ends well.