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by Paul on 01/05/14 at 12:57 PM ET
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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