Fans can watch the Team USA vs. Russia hockey game live online and see which team can take home the bronze medal in the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
The teams each fell in Saturday’s semifinal matchups, with the United States faltering in their comeback bid over Canada and Russia losing to Finland. It sets up a match on Sunday as each team will be looking to finish the annual tournament with some hardware to show for it. Start time is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. ET, and NBC will be broadcasting the game live online (a link to the streaming video can be found below).
For Team USA, the tournament nearly ended with a trip to the gold medal game after they erased a 2-0 lead for the Canadians in Saturday’s semifinal. The American team scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead, but the Canadian team tied it and then got the go-ahead goal on a slapshot from Ryan Ellis early in the third period.
The American team was looking to avenge their 5-1 loss to Canada in the first game of the tournament, but got off to a rough start by surrendering first-period goals to Brendan Gallagher at 8:59, and Brad Marchand at 18:02 to fall into a 2-0 hole.
But Team USA got a power play goal from Auston Matthews and then tied it on David Warsofsky’s goal that was so powerful, it hit the back bar in the net and flew back out so quickly that referees didn’t notice it was a goal. A video review confirmed that it went in, and the United States had the game tied.
The Americans then took the lead when Tyler Motte scored his first goal of the tournament, but Derick Brassard buried a rebound home for Canada to tie the score again before the game-winner from Ellis.
Canadian goaltender Cam Talbot did the rest, holding off a late surge when the United States pulled their goalie for an extra attacker.
“There’s always going to be pressure when there’s a faceoff in your end 42 seconds left,” Talbot said (via the CBC). “I knew that we were going to do everything that we could to lay down and not let anything get to the net and that’s exactly what we did. We did a great job of keeping them to the outside and blocking shots when they took them.”
For the Russian team, Saturday’s semifinal loss to Finland was reminiscent of the 2014 Olympic quarterfinal in Sochi, the IIHF official website noted. In both games, Russia jumped out to an early lead but was unable to hold it as the Finnish team came charging back.
Russia will have a chance to earn medals in consecutive years — they also took silver in last year’s tournament in Prague — but the players look at the IIHF finish as a disappointment.
“We couldn’t score and we gave up those goals,” said Russia’s Roman Lyubimov. “The Finns didn’t do anything special. We caused our own problems.”
“We worked hard and when we fell behind we tried even harder, but it just didn’t work out for us today,” he added. “We’ll have to rally and try to give our fans something to cheer tomorrow.”
As the Team USA official website noted, it’s not quite as much of a disappointment for the United States.
The Americans, bronze medalists at last year’s world championships, played in back-to-back semifinals for the first time since 1993-94. Sunday’s game will mark their third appearance in the bronze-medal game in the past four years, an unprecedented streak for the U.S.
Fans who want to watch the Team USA vs. Russia hockey game live online can click here for streaming video of the 2016 IIHF World Championship bronze medal game.
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