Canada: 5 W - 0 T - 1 L, Silver Medal
Canada's biggest question mark, goaltending, turned out to be its greatest strength, but it wasn't enough to win gold. For the second straight year, Canada was beaten in the gold medal game by Russia, this time falling 3-2 after taking a 2-1 lead into the third period.
Still, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was named the tournament's top goaltender and and most valuable player. Six months later, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected him first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.
Canada had another well-balanced team, with scoring coming from just about everybody - especially on its top-ranked powerplay unit. Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo was the leading scorer with a goal and nine assists, while Scottie Upshall and Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau had four goals each.
Though he only scored one goal, Jordin Tootoo was the most popular player in Halifax thanks to his hell-bent, hard-hitting style.
In the end, the Russians just had too much depth and too much firepower and finished with a perfect 6-0 record. Igor Grigorenko and Yuri Trubachev led the team in scoring with 10 points each. More importantly, they both scored in the third period of the gold medal game, erasing the Canadian lead and giving Russia the championship.
Equally intriguing was 17-year-old phenom Alexander Ovechkin, who scored a hat-trick in his first game and finished tied for the tournament lead with six goals.
Finland, spear-headed by the efforts of all-star defenceman Joni Pitkanen, won its third straight bronze medal.
Halifax proved to be a city passionate about its hockey, smashing the previous tournament attendance record of 173,453 set by Winnipeg in 1999 by drawing 242,173 spectators to the Metro Centre and the Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S.
Hockey fans flocked to games that didn't involve Canada and were quick to give ovations to standout players from Canada's opposing teams. International Ice Hockey Federation president Dr. Rene Fasel said Saturday that the crowds in Halifax gave him "chair de poule'' (goosebumps).
|Gold - Russia 3, Canada 2|
|Bronze - Finland 3, United States 2|
Team Canada Roster (GP - G - A - Pts)
Carlo Colaiacovo (6 - 1 - 9 - 10)
P-A Parenteau (6 - 4 - 3 - 7)
Ian White (6 - 2 - 4 - 6)
Brooks Laich (6 - 2 - 4 - 6)
Scottie Upshall (6 - 4 - 1 - 5)
Pierre-Marc Bouchard (6 - 2 - 3 - 5)
Kyle Wellwood (6 - 1 - 4 - 5)
Joffrey Lupul (6 - 2 - 1 - 3)
Derek Roy (6 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Jay McClement (6 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Jeff Woywitka (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Matt Stajan (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Gregory Campbell (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Jordin Tootoo (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Brendan Bell (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Steve Eminger (6 - 0 - 2 - 2)
Nathan Paetsch (6 - 1 - 0 - 1)
Alexander Rouleau (6 - 0 - 1 - 1)
Boyd Gordon (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Daniel Paille (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Team Canada Goaltending (W-L-T - GAA - SO)
Marc-Andre Fleury (3-1-0 - 1.57 - 1)
David Le Neveu (2-0-0 - 2.63 - 0)
|G - Marc-Andre Fleury (CAN)||F - Scottie Upshall (CAN)|
|D - Carlo Colaiacovo (CAN)||F - Igor Grigorenko (RUS)|
|D - Joni Pitkanen (FIN)||F - Yuri Trubachev (RUS)|
|Patrik Bartschi (SUI)||6||6||4||10|
|Igor Grigorenko (RUS)||6||6||4||10|
|Yuri Trubachev (RUS)||6||3||7||10|
|Tuomo Ruutu (FIN)||7||2||8||10|
|Carlo Colaiacovo (CAN)||6||1||9||10|