Canada: 6 W - 0 T - 0 L, Gold Medal
Thanks to the NHL lockout, Canada put forth what many speculated was its finest ever junior team, which included 12 players with tournament experience. The team did not disappoint, rolling to a perfect 6-0 record and outscoring their opponents 41-7. The gold medal game against Russia was almost a formality, with Canada cruising to a 6-1 win for its first championship in seven years.
Patrice Bergeron of the locked-out Boston Bruins was Canada's top scorer with 13 points and the tournament's MVP.
Canada's top line, however, was All-Star Jeff Carter between Ryan Getzlaf and Andrew Ladd. Getzlaf was second in scoring with 12 points, while Carter had 10 and Ladd chipped in seven. Incredibly, they were a combined +35 during the tournament and did not allow a single goal against while they were on the ice. Carter scored seven goals and boosted his career total to twelve, tying Eric Lindros' Canadian record.
All-Star Dion Phaneuf was a tower of power on the blueline, dishing out many heavy hits, but he had a lot of support from Shea Weber, Shawn Belle and Braydon Coburn. Canada's top four defenders were +34 during the tournament.
Russia boasted a couple of future stars in All-Star Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, who were the top two picks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, and had an excellent tournament until meeting Canada in the final. Ovechin took a constant pounding from the Canadians and left the game after two periods with an ailing shoulder.
The Czech Republic won the bronze medal behind the stellar work of All-Star goaltender Marek Schwarz. The Czechs beat the host team, the defending champions from the United States, 3-2 in overtime in the bronze medal game.
The Americans had a disappointing tournament. They lost twice in the round-robin, falling to unheralded Belarus and the Czechs, thanks to undisciplined play and poor goaltending. After beating Sweden in the quarterfinals, the US was pounded by Ovechkin and the Russians in the semifinals.
In the end, there was little dispute that Canada was not only the class of the tournament, but perhaps the best team the World Juniors had ever seen.
|Gold - Canada 6, Russia 1|
|Bronze - Czech Republic 3, United States 2 (OT)|
Team Canada Roster (GP - G - A - Pts)
Patrice Bergeron (6 - 5 - 8 - 13)
Ryan Getzlaf (6 - 3 - 9 - 12)
Jeff Carter (6 - 7 - 3 - 10)
Sidney Crosby (6 - 6 - 3 - 9)
Andrew Ladd (6 - 3 - 4 - 7)
Corey Perry (6 - 2 - 5 - 7)
Nigel Dawes (6 - 2 - 4 - 6)
Dion Phaneuf (6 - 1 - 5 - 6)
Mike Richards (6 - 1 - 4 - 5)
Colin Fraser (6 - 1 - 4 - 5)
Clarke MacArthur (6 - 4 - 0 - 4)
Anthony Stewart (6 - 3 - 1 - 4)
Danny Syvret (6 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Brent Seabrook (5 - 0 - 3 - 3)
Braydon Coburn (6 - 0 - 2 - 2)
Cam Barker (3 - 1 - 0 - 1)
Shawn Belle (6 - 1 - 0 - 1)
Stephen Dixon (6 - 0 - 1 - 1)
Shea Weber (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Jeremy Colliton (1 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Team Canada Goaltending (W-L-T - GAA - SO)
Jeff Glass (5-0-0 - 1.40 - 0)
Rejean Beauchemin (1-0-0 - 0.00 - 1)
|G - Marek Schwarz (CZE)||F - Jeff Carter (CAN)|
|D - Ryan Suter (USA)||F - Patrice Bergeron (CAN)|
|D - Dion Phaneuf (CAN)||F - Alexander Ovechkin (RUS)|
|Patrice Bergeron (CAN)||6||5||8||13|
|Ryan Getzlaf (CAN)||6||3||9||12|
|Alexander Ovechkin (RUS)||6||7||4||11|
|Jeff Carter (CAN)||6||7||3||10|
|Rostislav Olesz (CZE)||7||7||3||10|