By John Vogl
During the gold-medal game of the world juniors today, Rasmus Ristolainen was named the best defenseman of the tournament. When the game ended, he was a national hero.
Ristolainen scored the winning goal in overtime, giving Finland a 3-2 victory over host Sweden. He skated down the right side and cut to the net to start the celebration.
"I saw that they played man-on-man defence in their own end," Ristolainen said on IIHF.com. "It was empty in front of the net. I just skated there. I tried just to put the puck somewhere hard and it went in."
Ristolainen, selected eighth overall by the Sabres, was joined on the all-tournament team by fellow first-round pick Nikita Zadorov.