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TSN revisits semifinal game from 2009 world juniors

TSN.ca Staff

10/10/2012 9:37:47 AM

Tonight, TSN's Team Canada Rewind looks back at a memorable game - and an enduring highlight - from the world junior hockey championship with a re-broadcast of the 2009 semifinal between Canada and Russia. Relive all the drama on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt.

You can also join TSN.ca's Live Event Blog at www.tsn.ca/rewind while you are watching the game on TV. TSN's Quizmaster offers great historical facts and anecdotes while you can submit your own comments and check out all the related video from this memorable event.

'EB' AND FLOW

With four straight gold medals at the tournament and the pressure of playing in front of a home crowd in Ottawa, Canada came away with a wild 6-5 shootout victory and advanced to the gold medal game versus Sweden. The win, before a sellout crowd of 19,327, put Canada in its eighth straight gold medal game at the under-20 Championship.

In another classic game in hockey most-storied rivalry, the Canadians and Russians alternated on eight goals over the first three periods.

And Jordan Eberle came up with a performance for the ages in the contest. The Regina native scored twice in regulation, including the equalizer with less than six seconds left in the third period and another goal in the shootout to pace Canada to the victory.

Eberle scored his first in the second period, a go-ahead power-play marker that energized the fans and gave Canada a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

But the resilient Russians struck early in the third to even the score.

Angelo Esposito put then Canada ahead for a fourth time on a dazzling short-handed goal, but Russia tied the game yet again as Esposito's goal was being announced.

Russia scored the go-ahead goal with just 2:20 left in the third period and as it seemed the game was lost for Canada, Eberle roofed a backhand to tie the game with 5.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

With no scoring in the 10-minute extra period, the sold-out crowd in Kanata was treated to a dramatic shootout that saw both Eberle and John Tavares score. Canadian netminder goaltender Dustin Tokarski then stopped Dmitri Kugryshev and Pavel Chernov to secure the victory.

"You have 20,000 Canadians standing up watching every one and you can't really watch on the bench," Tavares said following the game. "Guys had their heads down or were holding each other, praying for pucks to go in and pucks to stay out."