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Canada beats Finland to claim gold at world hockey championship

Last Updated Jun 6, 2021 at 2:33 pm MDT

Canada's Adam Henrique, third from left, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal past Finland's goaltender Jussi Olkinuora during the Ice Hockey World Championship final match between Finland and Canada at the Arena in Riga, Latvia, Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Sergei Grits/AP)

RIGA, Latvia — Nick Paul scored in overtime on an assist from Ottawa Senators teammate Connor Brown, and Canada completed its amazing turnaround at the world hockey championship with a 3-2 win over Finland in the gold-medal game.

Maxime Comtois and Adam Henrique also scored for Canada, which looked down-and-out after losing its first three games in Riga before going on an improbable run to the top of the podium.

Brown assisted on all three of Canada’s goals in the final to end the championship with a tournament-high 16 points.

Mikael Ruohomaa and Petteri Lindbohm scored for Finland.

The Finns beat Canada 3-1 in the 2019 world championship final and were looking to win back-to-back titles for the first time. The 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada won its 27th world title and its third since 2015.