Hockey fans can watch live online as Canada and Russia square off in final of the the IIHF World Hockey Championship.
Both teams rode shutouts in the semifinal round to reach the tournament’s championship game, which will start at 4:45 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Fans who watch the Team Canada vs. Russia hockey game live online will see a Canadian team that has been virtually unstoppable. The team is not only 8-0 in the tournament, but has steamrolled the competition, earning shutouts in both of the previous games and winning its last three games by a combined 22-1.
Canada blanked Czech Republic in the semifinal, winning 2-0.
The Canadian team is led by a number of NHL players who otherwise had disappointing endings to their seasons. Sidney Crosby, whose Pittsburgh Penguins went home after a first-round exit, has been able to provide the leadership Team Canada needed. Crosby not only won a Stanley Cup in 2009, but led Team Canada to gold medals in each of the last two Winter Olympic games.
The Russian team also enters the contest with some big momentum including a 4-0 win over Team USA in the semifinal. The team just got the services of Alexander Ovechkin, who raced to Prague to join his Russian teammates after the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
Ovechkin made an immediate impact, scoring a goal in the semifinal win.
The final will be a meeting of the world’s best hockey teams, with Canada sporting 24 total world championship titles and Russia (which includes the Soviet Union) sporting 27 titles.
Team Canada is looking for their first title since 2008.
“At this point, everyone’s mind is on winning,” Canada captain Sidney Crosby said. “Hopefully, we can finish it off.”
Canada had a tough test in the semifinals against Czech Republic, which Crosby said prepares them for what they will face against Russia in the final.
“They had some opportunities, especially early, and generated some good chances,” said Crosby, who had one assist. “Today’s was a good test for us, a big challenge.”
The Canadians won thanks to a team effort on defense, which Czech veteran Jaromir Jagr said stifled his team.
“There’s nothing we can do about it,” Jagr said. “We went after them as we wanted to but we didn’t score a goal in the first 10-15 minutes.”
Fans who want to watch the Team Canada vs. Russia hockey game live online can click here for streaming video through NBC Sports Extra.
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