Ilya Kovalchuk has broken Canadian hearts by scoring the tying and winning goals to capture the Gold medal for Russia at the IIHF World Championship, beating Canada 5-4 in overtime.
The Gold medal is the first for Russia since winning the World Championship in Germany in 1993. Despite the losing effort, Canada’s Dany Heatley was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and the top forward.
Despite the loss, Canada will be number one in the world rankings that determine placing for the 2010 Olympics. With the victory Russia will jump into a second place tie with Sweden after entering the tournament in 5th place.
Finland beat Sweden 4-0 on Saturday to capture the Bronze Medal.