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Russia Stuns Canada In WJC

from TSN,

Canada will not play for gold at the world junior hockey championship for the first time in over a decade.

The host country lost 6-5 to Russia in Tuesday’s semifinal, despite a four-goal burst in the third period.

Russia will meet Sweden for gold, while Canada faces Finland for bronze Thursday.

“They scored early. We didn’t react as well as we should have,” Canadian forward Brett Connolly said. “We’ve got to be better.”...

Russian captain Evgeni Kuznetsov, the lone returning player from last year’s squad, was a one-man wrecking crew with three goals and an assist.

Defencemen Nikita Nesterov and Alexander Khokhlachev and forward Nikita Kucherov also scored for the Russians. Nail Yakupov, who plays for the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting, had three assists.

“We win. We’re pretty excited,” Yakupov said. “We beat Canada. Russia’s better than Canada.”

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added 1:43am, Video highlights of the game can be watched below…

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SYF's avatar

“We win. We’re pretty excited,” Yakupov said. “We beat Canada. Russia’s better than Canada.”

Hoo boy.  Here we go.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 01/04/12 at 04:10 AM ET

Lisa Brown's avatar

I wouldn’t say bragging, but Yakapov is one of the most confident players I have ever spoken with. He truly believes in his team and will stand up for every player on it.

Posted by Lisa Brown on 01/04/12 at 06:19 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

Congratulations to Russia!
Go Sweden!

Posted by w2j2 on 01/04/12 at 05:22 PM ET

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