Islanders forward Brock Nelson and his Team USA teammates were routed by Russia 7-2 at the IIHF World Championships on Sunday, giving the host country the bronze medal and sending the Americans home smarting.
KHL scoring leader Sergei Moyzakin had two goals and an assist for Russia, while Blackhawks Calder Trophy candidate Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists. Pavel Datsyuk, who sadly for us might just stay over there forever now, had three assists in the game. Russia has medaled in the last three World Championships, taking gold in 2014 and silver last year.
Nelson earned an assist on Frank Vetrano's power play goal midway through the second period that made the score 4-1. But Panarin scored about a minute later for Russia, stomping out whatever tiny spark Vetrano's goal might have provided for Team USA. Vetrano, who played for the Bruins this season, also scored in the third period.
Nelson finished the tournament with four points (one goal, three assists) in six games. Today's game was Nelson's 24th at the World Championships over the last three years.
Devils goalie and Long Island native Keith Kinkaid took the loss for Team USA, giving up five goals on 17 shots. He was pulled after two periods in favor of Mike Condon.
On the winning side, Islanders draft pick Ilya Sorokin backed up Russian starter Sergei Bobrovski throughout the tournament. He played in parts of three games and didn't give up a goal, going 36 for 36, and was in net for Russia's 3-0 win over Norway in the preliminary round.
I don't know if being the last Islander to play a game this season means Nelson gets to keep the team's sweet post-game leather jacket all summer. Probably not. But in any case, thanks for your efforts, Brock. Now please go home to Warroad, get some rest and start beefing up for next season in Brooklyn.
And the winner is...
Oh, right. Sorry. Canada beat Finland 2-0 to take the gold medal for the second consecutive year. Connor McDavid scored, Matt Duchene added an empty netter and Cam Talbot made 16 saves for the victory.
Islanders draft pick Mikko Koskinen was in goal for Finland on the losing end. He went 7-1 with one shutout in the tournament. No, I don't know if he's ever coming to North America, but he's still listed on the team's "In The System" page so take that for what it's worth.