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Carter's goal helps Canada end six-year skid

HELSINKI, Finland -- Canada had to wait several anxious
moments before celebrating its first hockey world championship in
six years.

It was all worth it.

New York Rangers winger Anson Carter swooped in from behind the
net to slip the puck under Mikael Tellqvist's pad 13:49 into
overtime to help Canada beat Sweden 3-2 Sunday.

But the Canadians' celebration was put on hold for several
minutes as the referee reviewed the goal to determine whether the
puck had completely crossed the goal line.

"I saw it go in,'' Carter said. "But to be honest I really was
hoping the ref had seen it the way I did because I twisted my knee
in celebration so I'm not sure I could have gone on if the goal
hadn't counted.

"I knew from my standpoint it was in. I was just hoping they
would get the proper angles upstairs and they obviously did.''

International Ice Hockey Federation officials watched the replay
from seven different angles. Officials said on the best frame, the
puck was "barely but visibly'' inside the goal line.

Sweden coach Hardy Nilsson was not convinced the goal was valid.

"I haven't seen the replay yet,'' he said. "I'm still not sure
the puck was 100 percent in and I want to see it before I feel 100
percent sure that we are the losers.''

Canada went undefeated during the tournament and added the world
title to its Olympic gold medal.

"It's the best goal of my career,'' Carson said. "To score in
overtime period to win gold for your country, I don't think it gets
bigger than that.''

Carter played on the gold medal-winning team that triumphed on
this same rink against the Swedes at the 1997 worlds -- along with
Cory Cross and Sean Burke, who did not play in this final with a
groin injury and was replaced by Robert Luongo of the Florida
Panthers.

Sweden also was without its top goalie. Tellqvist replaced Tommy
Salo in net after the Edmonton Oilers' goalie crumbled in the
team's 6-5 comeback victory over Finland in the quarterfinals.

Canada overcame an early 2-0 deficit and tied the score nine
minutes into the third period. Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers
made a perfect pass from behind the net to Shane Doan of the
Phoenix Coyotes, who slammed it into Tellqvist's elbow. The puck
dribbled in under the goalie's arm.

Sweden scored first on a rebound goal from Mathias Tjarnqvist.
The Swedes added to their lead when P.J. Axelsson of the Boston
Bruins swept in unhindered from the side boards to snap the puck
between Luongo's legs.

But the Canadians made it 2-1 just 22 seconds later. Kyle Calder
of the Chicago Blackhawks missed a rebound, but the puck floated in
front of the net just long enough for Horcoff to come in from
behind the net and bang it in past Tellqvist.

Neither team scored in the second period.

The overtime format was new to this tournament, with
four-on-four playing a 20-minute extra period. A penalty shootout
would have decided a deadlock following the overtime session.

Carter made sure that didn't happen.

"Two gold medals here, what more could you ask for?'' Carter
said. "This team had so much character, it was so tight. Everyone
came from all over the place. They put their egos aside and this is
what it gave.''