At Worlds, the surprising win over the Czechs turned out to be the only surprise the United States had: We’re No. 4. Frankie Vatrano scored both goals in a 7-2 loss to Russia for the bronze. The good news is that the U.S. has finished third or fourth in three of the past four years (sixth in the other year) and done it with younger teams. The bad news is apparently we can’t win this thing by accident even once.
Canada won gold for the second year in a row, topping Mikko Koskinen and the Finns 2-0. Just a first-period Connor McDavid goal against Koskinen, who made 31 saves; a last-second empty-netter ended it. Shutout for Cam Talbot; fun McDavid fact.