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Canada beats Russia in gold medal game

Hoisting the hardware

Hoisting the hardware

1/5/2007 9:39:10 PM

Canada won its third straight gold medal at the world junior championship with a 4-2 win over Russia on Friday in Leksand, Sweden. Canada got goals from Andrew Cogliano, Bryan Little, Jonathan Toews and Brad Marchand to overcome the Russians.

"It's unbelievable, a great feeling," Canadian forward Jonathan Toews told TSN. "Tonight was a battle from start to finish. The Russians are a great team but we came out hard and finished hard, too."

Team Canada goaltender Carey Price was named tournament MVP and its best goaltender.

''It's not just me. I had a lot of help,'' Price said. ''We're 22 brothers and we stuck together the whole tournament.''

The first three goals came in a 2:27 span late in the first period.


 

Cogliano finished a beautiful passing play with Marc Staal and Ryan O'Marra, one-timing a shot past Semen Varlamov into the Russian net to open the scoring at 15:35.

''I hope, looking back as I get older, that this was the start of another great era,'' said O'Marra.

Less than two minutes later, Little swept in a powerplay goal to give Canada a two-goal cushion.

Thirty-three seconds after that, Toews went upstairs on Varlamov for another powerplay goal to make it 3-0 for Canada.

Marchand made it 4-0 six minutes into the second period, converting a feed from Toews after Steve Downie took a hit to set up the play.

"The guys that we knew could score came through for us tonight," said Canadian head coach Craig Hartsburg.

Canada, however, soon got into penalty trouble and that helped the Russians break through.

Pavel Valtenko scored a powerplay goal for Russia at 11:25 of the second period. His point shot appeared to deflect off traffic in front of Carey Price and found the back of the net.

Gennady Churilov scored another powerplay goal late in the second period to bring the Russians within two goals heading into the final frame.

Russia went 2-for-4 on the powerplay in the second period.

The fast-paced game featured several scoring chances for both sides.

''People back home might not understand how hard it is to win over here,'' said Hartsburg. ''At the same time, it's been very rewarding. You'd have to win a Stanley Cup to feel like this.''

Early in the first period, Price stopped Igor Makarov on a breakaway, with some help from Ryan Parent's speed on the back-check.

Canada's first good chance came with Churilov in the penalty box. The puck came to Sam Gagne on a rebound, but it bounced over his stick in front of a wide open net.

Andrey Kiryukhin's wrap around attempt in the middle of the first period looked dangerous, but was stopped calmly by Price.

Kris Russell helped Price out early in the third period by sweeping the puck from the goal-line after a long shot had slipped through the Canadian goalie's pads.

Kiryukhin got robbed again late in the second period.  With Russia on a powerplay, he had Price down and out but found nothing but leather.

Anton Krysanov had a brilliant chance to get Russia within one when he broke in alone on Price while Canada was on a two-man advantage early in the third, but his shot was stopped cold.

"We got that quick start and it made it easier for me to play," said Price.

It is the third straight year, and the sixth time since 1999, that Canada and Russia were playing for gold in this tournament.

Last January in Vancouver, Canada put on a dominating display to win the gold medal with a 5-0 win over the Russians. It was the second straight gold medal win for Canada. 

"Winning in Europe is unbelievable," Staal said. "From the start (of the tournament) we just kept it simple. We clogged up the middle, teams got frustrated and turned it over."

Russia beat Canada for gold in 2003, 2002 and 1999.

About 300 fans were among the announced crowd of 5,223 at Ejendals Arena to cheer on the defending champions.

A large group of them in the standing section of rink began chanting "We want gold" 10 minutes before the puck dropped and "You've got nothing" when Canada took a 4-0 lead.

They were joined by several Swedes, including a Swedish drummer, because the Canadians had cheered for their country in a 2-1 loss to the U.S. in the bronze-medal game earlier.

Following the game, the arena announcer specifically thanked the Canadian fans who were in Sweden for their enthusiasm throughout the tournament.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper watched the game from Ottawa. During a brief phone with Hartsburg carried live on TSN, he said the team had made all of Canada proud.

"You had the whole country cheering for you," said Harper. "I think everybody has taken an early weekend to watch the game."

Earlier today, Erik Johnson scored the game-winner as the United States claimed the bronze medal with a 2-1 victory over Sweden.

Tournament Awards

Most Valuable Player - Carey Price, G, Canada

All-star team

Goaltender: Carey Price, Canada

Defencemen: Erik Johnson, U.S., Kristopher Letang, Canada.

Forward: Alexei Cherepanov, Russia; Patrick Kane, U.S.; Jonathan Toews, Canada.

IIHF Best Player Awards

Goaltender: Carey Price, Canada

Defenceman: Erik Johnson, U.S.

Forward: Alexei Cherepanov, Russia






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1maddieh9GOLD!!!! Way to go boys! ...
2possieJust a fabulous game by an exciting group of playe ...
3THORTONToews deserves best forward award. Just because To ...
4sportscrazyGive it up for the Canadian Junior Team. I had som ...
5lafurb4yaa, 3 years in a row, good job to Price ...
6GlacienGreat game guys!!! I must say, I did not expect t ...
7anysportTHANK-YOU TEAM CANADA. You did it YET AGAIN!!!!So ...
8Steve935Canada Gold for jr hockey again, Russia gold for d ...
9new_earth_mudAwsome job boys, congrats!!! ...
10canadiansrockWay to go boys---3 years and counting!!!!!!!! ...
11northofthe54thWe're all proud of the effort and the skill they s ...
12Steve935HEART YES HEART always wins,way to go Canada. ...
13Redskins/Habs#1Way to go boys, You're the greatest hockey players ...
14habsfanbillGreat Tournament overall, and a great Final game, ...
15BentleyThat's my hockey fix for the year (I haven't waytc ...
16NatHabsCongratulations CANADA!!! ...
17chucky97WE LOVE GOOOLLDDD! way to go boys on the great eff ...
18mapleleafsrock1Congrats to the Canadian Team!! A great effort by ...
19Pockets83Awesome job boys! Is it me, or does seem like the ...
20O_CanadaThank you boys! I didn't you would be able to pull ...
21PackersguyNO other country dominates a sport like Canada dom ...
22benjaminsavourywicked job do it again next year whoop whoop ...
23gaucherdTo all those people who made fun of the Habs #5 pi ...
24wolves3387Wahoo!!! Canada Rocks!!! Carey Price played phenom ...
25canucksfan_04canada, canada, canada...what more is there to say ...
26stevedviking This is what makes you proud to be CANADIAN. ...
27zoromanFantastico!! Well done, Canada!! Congrats to every ...
28Aimster87Sweetness!! glad it came boys! Canada only looks g ...
29rooney#1Simply the best besides the 3 peat they have have ...
30blafreniereToews was absolutely outstanding. The little thing ...
31klb_habsfanthank you!!!! God job guys! GOLLLLDDDD!!!!! GO CAN ...
32wadeforesterGreat job gent's I'm proud to be a canadian ...
33thisiscanadaThey work hard, they play hard. standing ovation!! ...
34BEAR757Good game boys! Canada scares me every year..they ...
35leaffangoleafsgoowtg canada!!! yay to our golden boys!!!!! i love t ...
36Jaci24Great job guys! Toews had an outstanding performan ...
37MATHGODWithout a doubt, Price played great and stood tall ...
38kylebez2223 straight!!!! Way to go Canada!!!!!Awsome perform ...
39buster_dogYes, I know we were the favourites, but we were th ...
40venivediviciDetroit built a franchise around Stevie Y and Chic ...
41jeeper9Fantastic job guys!! You are the BEST and a very e ...
42burdittlakeGreat job guys. Brilliant effort, superb goaltend ...
43Nuckle-HeadGood job Boys ...
44FrozeneskimoThank you for the great games boys. You deserved ...
455_HOLECANADA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CANADA ROCKS!!!!!!!!!! ...
46brewnerIt sure dosent get old watching Canada stake their ...
475_HOLECongratulations to team Canada for winning a 3rd s ...
485_HOLEKudos to Price, Toews and Letang for becoming all- ...
49leafsbeerad123WOOOOHOOOOO!!! Great job boys, the country is prou ...
50RAgInawesome game by Canada... Offence was the key in t ...
51LeafspoundSensIt was great to beat the Yanks and very sweet to w ...
52SweetKudos to TSN broadcasting the game via broadband. ...
53screenguy76The true north STRONG abd free. Way to go boys.... ...
54kenobodyCongratulations to team Canada, the country is ver ...
55drowGreat job. They say that you use some soccer in ho ...
56skipy109Way to go Canada, good win thats for sure!! ...
57merobbietwe need to change our national colours to red and ...
58Flyerfan-52GREAT guys! Just as sweet as the previous 2. I'm p ...
59thecat22For a minute, i though RUSSIA would come back and ...
60theharveykartelGood work boys! Way to make the country proud. Gre ...
61Iain13992 of 3 medals going back 2 N.America,thats what I' ...
62zoromanJonathan Toews reminds me of #11, worn by one name ...
63leafhater2As always whatever it takes to win, thanks boys fo ...
64chichigordNo one chirping about Hartsburg's picks for the te ...
65mauzamGreat job boys! ...
66team_canadaBeating the Russians is always the sweetest feelin ...
67gina10gold,gold,gold 3 times lets do it again toews toew ...
68MaritimerThe guys from the east coast shone bright in this ...
69bigturk1986at the 2005 nhl draft. habs fans and the tsn panel ...
70EastcoasterNow maybe all those doubters that continually crit ...
71stonerFlight to Sweden $1200, Ticket to Gold Medal Game ...
72sucosamAwesome effort by an awesome team. Canada is gold ...
73rolarskatesI remember when Craig was picked some said he woul ...
74ShysterCanada wins GOLD great! Taking it from Russia 3 ye ...
75jimshaverO Canada!!!! I love it, way to go guys, You did ...
76Habs19Well Done!! Congratulations! ...
77Lefty273Without a doubt, this was the best defensive corps ...
78QUAGMIREWatch your language Toews! LOL! Just kidding. Cong ...
79rayjay_11good job guys! i love you3.. GOLD thats right.. th ...
80susie2Congratulations to Team Canada! A gold medal thre ...
81dinodesimoneThat is fantastic!!!! ...
82drakonWhat are you talking about here! Dives...please! I ...
83Nick4GO CANADA GO!!!...Congratulations boys, way to bri ...
84achilles13Well Done! We're very proud of you all. ...
85Mr.Canadian/CanadienCAREY PRICE, JONATHAN TOEWS are Canada's HEROES!! ...
86blitzI played hookie from work to watch this game and i ...
87sprtsgrlAmazing - well done every one of you - you made Ca ...
88nschmidGREAT WORK BOYS!! You worked hard once again, and ...
89Cecilia02hey you guys did such a great job, you had me worr ...
90Austin3:16What's funny about all of this is next year, the a ...
91Gumby2Funny - all the whining about Esposito and the oth ...
92S.MacI love Canadian hockey!! Great job boys! Though I ...
93jetsagainthe stars are alligned perfectly. all is well in ...
94dlhabsnut65Once again Canada rules the world. 18 wins in a ro ...
95ArnieboyToews was robbed for best forward. Oh well, I'm su ...
96ArnieboyI also want to say I think the Swiss Ref Danny Kur ...
97sakic244Hey guys if by any chance you are reading this, ma ...
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99canadian_88THREEPEAT BABY! Our boys really brought it today, ...
100MarkM19another amazing tournament for team canada and ano ...
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2007 IIHF World Juniors

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