Henrik Lundqvist and his twin brother Joel shared a wonderful moment on Sunday, winning the IIHF World Championship gold medal for Sweden in a shootout win over Canada.
But before they could celebrate, they had to make sure a teammate hadn’t destroyed Henrik. When Lundqvist made the final save on Canada’s Mitch Marner, the Swedes poured over the bench to hug him.
William Nylander reached him first like a linebacker reaching the quarterback.
KING LUNDQVIST AND SWEDEN ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/pREXoIxNaw— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) May 21, 2017
Oof. You think Rangers’ front office people didn’t wince at that? Another twist to this is that Nylander and Marner were rookie teammates with the Maple Leafs this year. No sympathy in international play!
William Nylander experiences joy on a level that most human beings can't fathom. Here he is blissfully destroying Henrik Lundqvist. pic.twitter.com/onlokJFtPP— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) May 21, 2017
Canada, by the way, had won two straight worlds before this. Sweden hadn’t won gold since 2013.