Matthew Tkachuk spoke to Sportsnet’s Caroline Cameron following the Florida Panthers Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins, reiterating his whole team’s underdog mantra after coming into the Round 1 series as a more than heavy underdog.
Macklin Celebrini scored the game-winning goal 7:51 into overtime and Canada topped Slovakia 4-3 to earn bronze at the men’s under-18 world hockey championship on Sunday.
Celebrini also netted the game’s opening goal, while Colby Barlow and Matthew Wood added the others for Canada. Gabriel D’Aigle made 26 saves.
Dalibor Dvorsky, Peter Cisar and Daniel Jencko replied for Slovakia. Samuel Urban stopped 37-of-41 shots.
After a scoreless first period, Canada took a 2-1 lead thanks to Barlow’s goal with 13 seconds remaining in the second.
In the third, Slovakia took a 3-2 edge with Jencko’s marker with 4:27 left in regulation. However, Wood scored the tying goal with 1:10 remaining to send the game to overtime.
Ryan Leonard capped a U.S. comeback with the game-winning goal in overtime to beat Sweden 3-2 in the gold-medal game later Sunday.