Canada will meet Russia on Sunday in the finals of 2015 World Hockey Championships, following wins for both teams on Saturday. The U.S. team fell to Russia on Saturday, while Czech Republic lost to Canada.
Team USA had a chance to win their semifinal game with Russia until a disastrous third quarter. In the game’s final 13 minutes, Russia scored four goals, while shutting out the Americans. Sergei Mozyakin sparked Russia’s offense with the first goal, and Alex Ovechkin, Vadim Shipachyov and Evgeni Malkin followed up with goals of their own.
Saturday was Ovechkin’s first contest with the team. He had been in the Stanley Cup playoffs until Wednesday when the New York Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of their second-round series.
Canada also won with a shutout, topping the Czech Republic, 2-0. Canada received goals from Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall and Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars. The victory was Canada’s ninth consecutive win.
Russia won the 2014 World Hockey Championship, and they’ve taken the title in four of the last seven years, despite their struggles in the Olympics. Canada has not won the championship since 2007.
Canada is -250 favorite to win Sunday’s gold-medal game, and Russia has been given +185 betting odds at Bovada.lv. The United States is a +105 underdog in their bronze-medal game against Czech Republic (-135).
The United States vs. Czech Republic will play their contest 4.5 hours before the start of Canada vs. Russia, and the two games can be seen with the same free live stream online.
Below are the TV details for the gold-medal game.
Start Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Online Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Prediction: Canada over Russia, 3-2