January 05 2015 09:41PM
Canada. Russia. Whenever these two teams meet, magic seems to follow. And boy was tonight magical - a star-studded Canadian side facing off against a very underrated Russian group with a hot goalie.
A perfectly set stage.
January 05 2015 05:29PM
Go 4-0 through the preliminary round, play easy opponents on the way for a berth to the World Junior final against a classic opponent on home ice? Nazem Kadri knows that feeling, for sure, though he'd like to forget certain parts about what happened next.
January 05 2015 10:59AM
Canada's performance against Russia in the past few World Juniors tournaments leaves a lot to be desired. Fortunately, every year the roster is completely turned over and there isn't any reason to believe that trend has to continue. Nonetheless, the Russian's still have the same head coach in Valeri Bragin that has kept the Russians so damn competitive over the past half decade.
The Russians have forsaken their stereotypical enigmatic roster, and have opted for a blue collar, lunch pail, physical lineup that Hockey Canada would be proud to dress. Canada will have its first true test of the tournament against its historical and greatest rival.
January 05 2015 07:13AM
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January 04 2015 09:17PM
Picture Credit (with permission) to Reddit User /u/Fun_With_Forks
You've been there before, Canada. But it's been a while, for sure. World Junior gold medal game, against Russia, on home ice. What more could you ask for? While other rivalries will emerge, no two countries have meant more to the international hockey scene.
And oh, they got there with an initially close but eventual 5-1 victory over Slovakia.