The U.S. squad had reeled off six straight wins
to start the tournament, but a 6-0 loss to Sweden on Saturday
relegated them to the consolation game. Canada lost to Finland
and the U.S. in group play, but saw its hopes end in a 3-2 loss
to Switzerland in the semifinals.
Kreider opened the scoring with a goal in the second period and
added an empty-netter late in the third period.
After Kreider got the U.S. on the board, Marc-Edouard Vlasic
tied it up with a shot that slipped through New Jersey Devils
goalie Keith Kinkaid's pads late in the second period.
The teams remained tied until Nashville Predators center Nick
Bonino scored the game-winner on a rebound of Patrick Kane shot
with under seven minutes to go in regulation.
Anders Lee and Kreider then added empty-net goals in the final
three minutes after Canada lifted goalie Curtis McElhinney for
an extra skater.
Canada had won gold in 2015 and 2016, before settling for silver
in 2017 and was considered a favorite heading into the
Sweden and Switzerland play for the gold in the title game later
--Field Level Media
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