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Laughton, Canada Rally To Win World Championships’ Gold

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Scott Laughton celebrates Canada's final goal.
Scott Laughton celebrates his empty-net goal in World Championships gold medal game.

Flyers forward Scott Laughton and his Canadian teammates are world champions.

Laughton scored an empty-net goal to put the finishing touch on Canada’s 5-2 victory over Germany in the World Championships’ gold medal game at Tampere, Finland, on Sunday.

Laughton finished with three goals, five assists and was a plus-7 in 10 tournament games.

Canada twice trailed before scoring three goals in the third period. Sammy Blais scored two goals to lead Canada. His third-period goal gave Canada a 3-2 lead it never relinquished. Blais has played seven years in the NHL, with the Blues and Rangers.

It was Canada’s second gold medal in three years. Last year, Finland won the gold. Germany has never won the gold medal.

The gold medal was Canada’s 28th, breaking a tie with Russia.

Canadiens goalie Samuel Montembeault stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Canada’s Adam Fantilli, expected to be the second overall pick in next month’s draft, became the second Canadian player to win the World Junior gold and World Championship gold in the same season. Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews is the other Canadian player to accomplish that feat.

Canucks goalie prospect Arturs Silovs, 22, won tournament MVP for his performance for Latvia. He had a .921 save percentage and was 7-3.

In the bronze medal game earlier Sunday, Team USA lost to Latvia in overtime, 4-3.

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Next Playoff Game:

Game 6: Golden Knights at Stars, 8 p.m., Monday, ESPN, ESPN+. Golden Knights lead series, 3-2.

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