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Russia Beats Canada For WJC Bronze

from the CP at NHL.com,

Mikhail Grigorenko and Eduard Gimatov scored in the first period as Russia sent Canada home without a medal at the world junior championship for a second year in a row with a 2-1 victory in the bronze-medal game on Sunday.

Josh Morrissey made a mostly unemotional game interesting when he beat Andrei Vasilevski 7:10 into the third period, but Canada could not get the equalizer despite pulling goalie Zach Fucale in the final minute.

Canada, which lost to host Russia 6-5 in the bronze-medal game a year ago in Ufa, had not missed the medals in consecutive years since a three-year drought from 1979 to 1981.

Their hopes for a first gold medal in five years were dashed by a 5-1 loss to Finland in the semifinals on Saturday. The Russians were coming off a 2-1 semifinal defeat to host Sweden.

It was the second-youngest Canadian squad ever at the world juniors, and 11 players are eligible to return for the 2015 tournament in Montreal and Toronto.

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added 1:55pm, Video highlights added below...

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SYF's avatar

It was the second-youngest Canadian squad ever at the world juniors, and 11 players are eligible to return for the 2015 tournament in Montreal and Toronto.

Mantha will be 20 this September.  Would he still be eligible for the U20?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 01:59 PM ET

SYF's avatar

1-nil FIN at the end of the first period.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 02:38 PM ET

pautna's avatar

Oh Canada…

Posted by pautna on 01/05/14 at 03:05 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Finland executing their game plan to near perfection, plus dodging that 5 minute major.

Posted by SK77 on 01/05/14 at 03:31 PM ET

SYF's avatar

2-1 FIN at the end of the second period.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 03:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

If anything, FIN’s backchecking is ferocious.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 03:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

That perfectly legal hip check was a tripping call???

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 03:49 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Yep, Finland with the great backchecking and clogging up all the passing/shooting lanes. Kind of boring to watch, unfortunately.

Posted by SK77 on 01/05/14 at 03:59 PM ET

SK77's avatar

I guess it makes sense that a lot of these Finnish kids were drafted by Nashville. Ugh.

Posted by SK77 on 01/05/14 at 04:02 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Less than four minutes and it’s tied at 2.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:11 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Wow.  These kids do NOT want to play for the shootout.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:15 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Whole dynamic of the game changed once the Finns couldn’t sit on the lead. Sweden is really fired up and bringing it. Gotta head out and miss the rest of the game, hope overtime is as good.

Posted by SK77 on 01/05/14 at 04:17 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Tied at 2 at the end of regulation play.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:18 PM ET

SYF's avatar

4-on-4, 20-minute OT format.  SO if still tied.

Here it goes.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:33 PM ET

SYF's avatar

SWE shooting like Rambo with unlimited ammo.  FIN barely has had the chance to play an offensive game.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

FIN wins it in OT>

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:47 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Honestly, between 12:00 and the GWG, FIN had more energy.  You could tell in the SWE’s legs on defense.  Tremendous OT.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/05/14 at 04:48 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

Javla helvetes javla skit !!!  (But at least Canada lost !!!)

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 01/06/14 at 02:11 AM ET

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