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It's a special edition of the daily Three Stars. With today's games all for medals, the Three Stars get the bling to go with the honour (or I suppose I should say honor):

Gold Medal:  John Carlson(notes), D, USA

It was a fitting and heroic end to a glorious tournament for the young professional.  After leading the team all tournament from a defensive point of view, against Canada in the gold medal game, he shined offensively as well. With the Washington Capitals prospect's trademark shot blocking, quick transition game, and steadfast one on one defense were on full display, he scored once on the power play in regulation, and then, this:

Yeah, we'll call that the Play of the Day.

Silver Medal:  Jordan Eberle, F, CAN

The tournament's top forward delivered for Canada in the clutch again, getting the team into overtime with two goals in the final three minutes. Unfortunately for him, his province's loud fans, and the millions watching on television across Canada, the heroics came up short in the end. What had been a magical, almost storybook tournament for the Regina native ended with him accepting the individual accolades after the game, and being presented the silver medal which the team had already won two days previously.

Bronze Medal:  Andre Petersson, SWE

Sweden's bronze medal win over Switzerland was not as dramatic as the gold medal game, but Petersson managed a hat trick to help his team win 11-4. Petersson topped off a very productive tournament that saw him have a share of the tournament lead with eight goals in six games. Although the Swedes were disappointed with the bronze, the Ottawa Senators can't be too disappointed with this prospect. 

Honorable Mention:  G Jack Campbell settled things down in goal when replacing the inept Mike Lee, who let in three goals on his first seven shots. When Campbell entered the game, the score was 3-3 but the shots were 21-7 in favor of the Americans.  By the time the USA took a 4-3 lead, the shots were 26-25 USA.

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