Canada repeats as World hockey champion, holds Soviet-like dominance

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Canada repeated as World hockey champion, blanking Finland 2-0 in the final in Moscow on Sunday.

Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored a first-period goal, and Matt Duchene notched an empty-netter with nine tenths of a second left. McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers teammate Cam Talbot stopped all 16 Finland shots.

Canada became the first nation to hold the last two Olympic titles and last two World titles since the Soviet Union in 1990.

The Canadians finished the tournament 9-1, outscoring opponents 46-11. That included a 6-0 quarterfinal win over Sweden in an Olympic final rematch and a 4-3 semifinal win over the U.S. on Saturday.

It wasn’t quite as dominant as last year, when Sidney Crosby captained a team that went 10-0 with a 51-goal differential at Worlds.

This team wasn’t as decorated as last year, either. No Crosby. No Claude Giroux. No Tyler Seguin.

Two players on this year’s roster had Olympic experience — Corey Perry and Duchene.

The May 2017 Worlds are co-hosted by France and Germany.

Canada already knows its group for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics — the Czech Republic, Switzerland and host South Korea.

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