Alex Galchenyuk had the final say for Team USA at the 2013 World Hockey Championships in Stockholm. Galchenyuk scored their last two goals in a shootout against Finland to decide the bronze medal winner. The youthful US squad won the game 3-2.
In the championship game, Sweden. led by Henrik Sedin’s two goals and assist, defeated previously unbeaten Switzerland 5-1 . The Swiss take the silver medal.
The Americans were facing defeat when Galchenyuk tied the shootout with their third and final shot. Under IIHF rules, after the initial three shots, teams can bring back previous shooters. After US goaltender John Gibson stopped Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund to start the extra round, US coach Joe Sacco went back to Galchenyuk who scored what proved to be the bronze medal winning goal. (Video of Galchenyuk goals and post game interview below)
2013 has been eventful for Galchenyuk and the year is not yet half over. In January he was part of the gold medal winning US entry at World Junior Hockey Championship. A week later he was in Canadiens training camp en route to becoming a member of a team that went from last to second place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference. And now a bronze medal at the World Championships.
Canadiens prospect Danny Kristo also played in the game as part of Team USA’s 4th line. His ice time was 13:17 through 19 shifts. He finished the tournament with a goal and two assists in ten games.
Including Raphael Diaz’s silver medal, three of the four players the Canadiens sent to the tournament took home a medal. P.K. Subban was the only one to miss out after Canada was eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinal.
This is only the third medal for the Americans over the World Tournament’s last fifty years and their first since 2004.
Here’s video of the Galchenyuk goals
Post Game Interviews – Galchenyuk starts at 2:14 (Also US Captain Paul Stastny; Finland’s Petri Kontiola and US goaltender John Gibson)