Finland wins World Junior final on awesome Kasperi Kapanen OT goal (Video)

Finland wins World Junior final on awesome Kasperi Kapanen OT goal (Video)

Six seconds. That’s what separated Finland from an epic celebration on home ice in Helsinki, as they led the Russians, 3-2, late in the third period of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship on Tuesday.

And then Russia scored – Andrei Svetlakov, at 19:54 of the third, shocking the jubilant fans.

But the party wasn’t ruined. It was delayed until overtime, when Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen scored at 1:33 in the 4-on-4 to give Finland the 4-3 win, the gold and the loudest ovation they’ve ever heard in an instant classic title game.

Kapanen took the puck on the cycle just below the Russian goal line. He skated up towards the blue line, angling to the top of the circle. Then he stopped on a dime, reversed direction and blew past Russian defender Sergei Boikov, who slid on the ice in a desperation attempt to knock the puck away.

Defenseman Ivan Provorov, selected in the first round of last year’s draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, also slid down to block a scoring attempt to the left of goalie Alexander Georgiev.

One problem: Kapanen didn’t shoot. Instead, he skated in back of the net and tightly wrapped around the puck into the goal as Georgiev hurled his stick in desperation. And just like that, Finland had its second world junior gold in three years.

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Congrats to Finland. And of course, congrats to Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, who looked like they were still U-20s in the Finland box:

Jesse Puljujarvi was named the tournament MVP for Finland.

The Russians, meanwhile, sat with their backs against the boards near their bench as the Finns celebrated. What an effort from them; but as that sage Ron Wilson noted, they’re actually third place, because the U.S. won its last game. Sorry.

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