Canada: 6 W - 0 OTW - 0 OTL - 0 L, Gold Medal
Canada won its third straight gold medal at the World Junior Championship with a 4-2 win over Russia 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 Semyon Varlamov into the Russian net to open the scoring at 15:35.
Less than two minutes later, Little swept in a power-play 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.
Canada, however, soon got into penalty trouble and that helped the Russians break through.
Pavel Valtenko scored a power-play 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 power-play goal late in the second period to bring the Russians within two goals heading into the final frame, but that would be all they got.
It was the third straight year, and the sixth time since 1999, that Canada and Russia were playing for gold in this tournament.
A year earlier 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.
|Gold - Canada 4, Russia 2|
|Bronze - United States 2, Sweden 1|
Team Canada Roster (GP - G - A - Pts)
Jonathan Toews (6 - 4 - 3 - 7)
Steve Downie (6 - 3 - 3 - 6)
Kris Letang (6 - 0 - 6 - 6)
Kris Russell (6 - 4 - 2 - 4)
Luc Bourdon (6 - 2 - 2 - 4)
Tom Pyatt (6 - 1 - 3 - 4)
Andrew Cogliano (6 - 1 - 2 - 3)
Darren Helm (6 - 2 - 0 - 2)
Brad Marchand (6 - 2 - 0 - 2)
Cody Franson (6 - 0 - 2 - 2)
Ryan O'Marra (6 - 0 - 2 - 2)
Bryan Little (6 - 1 - 1 - 2)
Karl Alzner (6 - 0 - 1 - 1)
Dan Bertram (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Marc-Andre Cliche (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Sam Gagner (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Kenndal McArdle (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
James Neal (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Ryan Parent (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Marc Staal (6 - 0 - 0 - 0)
Team Canada Goaltending (W-L-OT - GAA - SO)
Carey Price (6-0-0 - 1.14 - 2)
Leland Irving (DNP)
|G - Carey Price (CAN)||F - Alexei Cherepanov (RUS)|
|D - Kris Letang (CAN)||F - Jonathan Toews (CAN)|
|D - Erik Johnson (USA)||F - Patrick Kane (USA)|
|Mikko Lehtonen (FIN)||6||4||6||10|
|Erik Johnson (USA)||7||4||6||10|
|Perttu Lindgren (FIN)||6||2||8||10|
|Patrick Kane (USA)||7||5||4||9|
|Alexei Cherepanov (RUS)||6||5||3||8|