Canada vs Finland Live Free: The Stanley Cup playoffs might be charging on, but with no NHL games on Sunday, the international stage has an opportunity to shine bright.
The gold-medal game of the 2022 IIHF World Championship takes place Sunday as Canada and host Finland face off. The countries are meeting in the championship game for the third tournament in a row.
Canada is looking to repeat as gold medalists after defeating Finland last year in the final. The country is also eyeing its 28th gold medal at the event; it is guaranteed to earn its 52nd total medal.
Finland is out to avenge falling to the Canadians in 2021. The Finns earned the title in 2019, taking down Canada for the country’s third gold medal.
The United States and Czechia will play at 8:20 a.m. ET Sunday in the bronze-medal game after losing their semifinal games.
Here is what you need to know to watch the gold-medal game:
When is the 2022 IIHF World Championship gold-medal game?
- Date: Sunday, May 29, 2022
- Time: 1:20 p.m. ET
The gold-medal game for this year’s tournament will be played on Sunday, May 29. Puck drop for the contest is set for 1:20 p.m. ET.
The bronze-medal game at 8:20 a.m. ET will precede the main event.
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How to watch Canada vs Finland Live Free the 2022 IIHF World Championship gold-medal game
- U.S. TV: NHL Network
- U.S. live stream: Sling TV, FuboTV, ESPN+
- Canada TV: TSN5, RDS
- Canada live stream: TSN.ca, TSN app
In the United States, the gold-medal game will be broadcast on NHL Network. Viewers can stream NHL Network on Sling TV, Fubo TV or DIRECTV Stream. Games not on NHL Network will be streamed on ESPN+.
Canadians can view games on TSN5 (English-language) or RDS (French-language). TSN can be streamed on TSN.ca, through the TSN App and TSN Direct.
Where is the 2022 IIHF World Championship?
This year’s IIHF World Championship is taking place in Finland. There are two host cities for the 2022 tournament, Tampere and Helsinki.
Tampere’s new Nokia Arena is serving as the main venue for the event and the placewhere the bronze- and gold-medal games will be held.
How did Canada get to the gold-medal game?
Canada finished third in Group A in round-robin play with five wins and two losses. The team’s lone defeats came to Germany and Switzerland, the only two teams to end up ahead of it in its group.
The team was nearly knocked out in the quarterfinals. It fell behind 3-0 to Sweden before storming back to tie the game and force overtime. Drake Batherson sent the Canadian squad to the semifinals with a power-play goal in the extra period.
Canada handled Czechia with relative ease in the semifinals in a 6-1 win.
Pierre-Luc Dubois, Dylan Cozens and Batherson all are averaging over a point per game during the tournament. Dubois leads the tournament with seven goals.
How did Finland get to the gold-medal game?
The Finns have been the best team of the tournament. They suffered just one loss in seven round-robin games, which came in overtime to Sweden.
Finland got by Slovakia 4-2 in the quarterfinals before edging out the United States 4-3 in the semifinals.
Jussi Olkinuora has been the best goaltender at the World Championship, with a stunning 0.86 goals-against average, .960 save percentage and four shutouts in nine games. Mikko Lehtonen leads the team with 10 points. Sakari Manninen is right behind him with nine.