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Canada-Russia got gold-medal ratings

How big was the Canada-Russia game north of the border? It earned the highest audience ever for TSN, Canada's equivalent of ESPN. A record audience of 6.88 million watched on TSN and French counterpart RDS, and the audience peaked at 9.3 million during the third period of Russia's 5-3 win. 

The audience of 6.23 million TSN smashed the previous record of 5.4 million set by last year's Canada-USA final in Saskatoon. Amazing numbers to see Canada's grand collapse.

In case you missed it, here's a repeat broadcast of our audio slideshow wrapping up the gold-medal game:

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Live going for Gold: Canada vs. Russia

Welcome to the sea of red in Buffalo, Ontario -- also known as HSBC Arena. This is it. Canada and Russia for the gold medal. The joint will be jumping and it will be packed. Coach Dave Cameron said this morning he was sick of talking about it and ready to play it. No argument from any of the media on hand.

In situations like this, your erstwhile reporter/blogger has nothing profound to say. The action on the ice has to do the talking. I don't need to add to the pregame noise. The teams are on the ice warming up. The faceoff will be at 7:38. Keep it here. I'll be posting through the din -- and attempting to do the job on all the Russian names.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Canada starters: Hamilton-Schenn-Eakin-Cowen-Barrie. Goal: Visentin
Russia starters: Valuiski-Tarasenko-Sobchenko-Orlov-Urychev. Goal: Shikin 

Quite the pregame scene as the kid skaters parading the Canadian and Russian flags around the ice were bathed in spotlights and showered with flashbulbs from the crowd in the darkened area. Scotty Bowman doing the ceremonial puck drop. He belongs here. He's flanked by Chris Collins and Byron Brown. They do not.

Third Period

9:18 p.m.: The puck is dropped

17:27 left: Artemi Panarin gets Russia on the board with a quick snapshot from the slot. Canada, 3-1. 

17:14 left: Holy moly. Maxim Kitsyn suddenly makes it 3-2 by beating Ellis to a puck on the edge of the crease and dribbling it through Visentin's legs. Put that big party on Chippewa Street on hold. At least temporarily. These Russians simply don't go away. Canada, 3-2.

13:22 left: The tourney all-star team is out. Canada's Schenn is the MVP with the all-star team also including Ellis and Johansen, as well as US goalie Jack Campbell, Russian defenseman Dmitri Orlov and forward Kuznetsov. Campbell, Ellis and Schenn were also named the tourney's best at their position (goalie, defenseman, forward).

12:31 left: You gotta be kidding. Tarasenko ties it up on a one-timer after a great Kuznetsov feed. It's tied at 3-3. Canada coach Cameron calls a timeout and the crowd comes to its feet trying to get its players back in the game. Shots are 6-4 for Russia. Three goals on six shots. Visentin had given up two goals in eight periods. Crazy.

7:37 left: The tension is palpable in the stands -- and in the press box, where lots of stories that were mostly written have gone to an agonizing death.

 4:38 left: Stunner. 4-3 Russia. Artemi Panarin takes the pass fromm behind the net and beats Visentin, getting to the puck in front of Simon Despres. 

2:00 left:  Incredible.

1:16 left: Nikita Dvurechenski with a backhander on a breakaway. IT'S 5-3 RUSSIA AND FOLKS ARE STREAMING TO THE EXITS. MIND-BOGGLING.

IT'S OVER: Russia wins 5-3. Final shots were 38-27 for Canada (10-9 Russia in the third).

Second Period

8:28 p.m.: The puck is dropped.

18:25 left: Ellis makes it to the bench after playing nearly 20 seconds with a leg problem after colliding with a Russian player and sliding into the end boards with him. Kind of reminded you of Thomas Vanek-Johnny Boychuk. Visentin made a nice stop on Kuznetsov during the sequence with Ellis hobbling around trying to get in the play.

17:05 left: Cody Eakin, who has been solid in this one from the opening faceoff, is stopped by Shikin.

16:32 left: Uryhchev goes for interference. A 3-0 lead here would just about mean game over, wouldn't it? The Russians have, however, posted back-to-back comebacks.

14:50 left: The organist falls asleep and starts playing with the puck behind the Canada net. He must have thought it was an icing call. He quickly stops, prompting colleague Miguel Rodriguez at my side to quip, "He figured out it's not a Bandits game." Nice bomb from M-Rod.

13:33 left: There's the 3-0 lead and it's that man Schenn again, taking the long cross ice pass from Marcus Foligno and whipping it past Shikin. Schenn's 18th point to tie McCourt's record. And Russia changes goalies with Igor Bobkov going in.

12:30 left: Great save by Bobkov on Foligno and then Kassian tips an Ellis pass off the post with the goalie beaten. The building is going wild. This is domination right now.

12:13 left: Voronin gone for high sticking Ellis.

11:30 left: Visentin stops Sobchenko on a breakaway. A rare chance for the Russians to get back in.

9:27 left: Canada's Erik Gudbranson goes for boarding.

6:09 left: Visentin has been so good the last two games you really wonder why Olivier Roy was starting in goal at all. Good call by coach Dave Cameron & Co. to make the save after Roy struggled against Sweden. Another PP for Canada: Golubev off the for slashing.

4:29 left: Russian star Tarasenko is down after trying to duck away from Foligno and getting a knee to the head. Foligno then leveled another Russian before the whistle was blown.

1:14 left: Whoops. Six red jerseys on the ice in the offensive zone. Too many men on the ice for Canada.

End-2nd: It's 3-0 Canada. Shots were 15-9. That's 29-17 through two periods.

First Period

7:39 p.m. The puck is dropped. The place is packed. Noise, noise, noise. Quite a scene.

16:43 left: Canada has the only shot. The crowd has chanted "We want goals." Interesting to see how the Sabres are treating this one as a Canada home game. Good call. They know their market. PA man and all-around good guy Jay Moran is giving Sabres volume to Canada tonight after they got church volume against Team USA. Pretty funny contrast.

15:53 left: Good drive to the net by Ryan Johansen results in hooking penalty on Berdykukov. You'll forgive me if I leave out the Russian first names, won't you?

15:10 left: Ellis puts Canada up 1-0 by pounding home a one-timer on the left after a perfect cross-ice pass from Schenn. Shikin was screened/paying too much attention to Johansen and never really moved to his right at all. Few seconds earlier, the same play in reverse led to a great Schenn chance at a save. Nice celebration by Ellis too with the leaping fist pound into the glass.

12:09 left: An incredible 10 seconds or so by Ellis as he dominated bigger Russians behind the net and finally got the puck in front to an open Foligno, who just failed to get a good shot off. No team in this tournament had a better captain than Canada did with Ellis.

11:00 left: The HD board goes black like it did during the Sabres-Bruins game. Sort of like the ice surface, it's probably a little overworked by all the games in this tournament.

10:25 left: An impressive Brayden Schenn note -- his assist on the Ellis goal gives him 17 points in the tournament (7 goals, 10 assists). That's tied for second all-time in Canadian annals with two pretty well-known guys named Gretzky (1978) and Lindros (1991). Ex-Sabre Dale McCourt has the record of 18 set in 1977.

9:52 left: Kassian stopped on a backhand from the slot. Shots are 8-4 for Canada.

8:00 left: The organist starts up a little ditty of "The Hockey Song". Play starts and he stops playing. Doesn't matter. The fans sing a whole chorus on their own with no accompaniment. These people are dedicated.

7:41 left: They're trying to get the HD board back. It comes on for a second and the crowd cheers. It goes back to black and the fans groan. This happened during the Sabres-Bruins game too. In one of his last acts as owner, BTG needs to a write a check to get the repairman out to fix the giant Tinkertoy hanging from the ceiling. The entire board is down now. Previously, it was just the video portion in the middle and the score at the top was on. Not now.

5:06 left: Great play by Tyson Barrie to dive with his stick and chop the puck away from Kuznetsov as he tried to break in alone on Visentin.Came a few seconds after a Russian shot hit the crossbar. Looks like the board is back too.

1:35 left: Kassian destroys Berdyukov in the corner, knocking the Russian's feet up in the air. Too bad the kid can't just stay here when Team Canada leaves.

47.5 left: Solid stop by Visentin on Burdasov. The Russians have skated better in the last 10 minutes and are putting on more pressure. Shots are 13-8 for Canada.

13.5 left: HUGE goal for Canada makes it 2-0 as Carter Ashton works the give-and-go with Leblanc, steps out of the right corner and puts it high over Shikin's glove, off the post and in. Gotta make that save in the final seconds. Ashton's first of the tournament.

End-1st: The roar is deafening as Canada goes to the locker room with a 2-0 lead. Couldn't even hear the horn. Shots were 14-8.

Canada coach Cameron is a challenge

CameronLet's get it out here front and center: Especially since he changed goalies in midstream, I think Dave Cameron (left in red tie) has done a pretty good job navigating the minefield that is being the head coach in the pressure cooker of the Canadian national team. All that said, I'm pretty sick of dealing with Cameron and so are plenty of other reporters at the World Junior Championship.

Cameron, who coaches Mississauga in the Ontario Hockey League and has directed the AHL's Binghamton Senators, is condescending at times. He likes one-word answers at times. He's downright boring at times. 

Even basic inquiries can be shot down. He rarely makes eye contact and has clearly tired of certain inquiries, like the fans or Zack Kassian and Marcus Foligno playing in Buffalo. Too bad. You're here. Deal with it. I reached the breaking point today when I asked Cameron for his thoughts on the storied history of the Canada-Russia rivalry, and his refusal to offer a real answer created a somewhat silly back-and-forth between the two of us that amused plenty of others gathered around.

Someone asked Cameron his memories of the rivalry and the coach scoffed, "Doesn’t mean nothing to me. It’s winning the gold medal. I don’t care if it’s Russia or who it is."

I couldn't resist. It was go time. So I shot back, "So you have no real thoughts? Your kids don't know what Canada-Russia is but you have no real thoughts of all the history that's involved?"

"Do I?" (emphasis on the "I")

"Yeah."

"No, not really. Not as it pertains to this game coming forward."

"In general, do you have any thoughts on it?"

"I think it’s going to be a heck of a hockey game. I mean, it’s two great hockey nations."

"No, I mean just on the history of the whole thing. You're the coach of the Canadian national team. You have no thought on the history of the rivalry?"

"Oh I do but I'm not going to share it now because it’s nothing to do with my preparation for the game tomorrow. If you want to talk history after, come on over, I'll gladly discuss it and tell you what I think. But it has nothing to do with my team and getting ready. A lot of these guys, you can’t go back five, six years and mention hockey. They don’t know. So I'm not going to give them the history lesson now."

Grrrrr. We would have wasted less time if Cameron had simply said where he was the afternoon of Paul Henderson's famous Summit Series goal in 1972, which is something a major Toronto columnist told me afterward that every Canadian who was alive that September day remembers. Cameron, a Prince Edward Island native, would have been around age 13.

Click below for the audio of today's session with Cameron. Apologies for the volume. It was a huge scrum I was trying to get forward through and Cameron is a bit of a low-talker. The exchange above is after about 4 1/2 minutes.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Photo: Cameron instructs his players Sunday against Switzerland/John Hickey-Buffalo News.

Postgame audio: Coaches Cameron, Allain; USA goalie Campbell; Canada goalie Visentin; USA forward Brown

I escaped the crush of media members inside HSBC Arena with a few audio interviews that you can actually hear. Most of the interviews featured the muffled sounds of players drowned out by pushing and yelling media members, so I trust you don't want to hear all that.

The following is from Team USA goalie Jack Campbell, the only American who knew the game was tonight, and the coaches, Canada's Dave Cameron and Team USA's Keith Allain. Meanwhile, Miguel Rodriguez has audio of Canada goalie Mark Visentin and United States forward Chris Brown.

Jack Campbell

Coaches Dave Cameron (Canada) and Keith Allain (Team USA)

Mark Visentin

Chris Brown

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

Live from the big one: USA vs. Canada

So it's not the gold medal game. Who cares? It's what everyone wanted. Team USA and Team Canada. The building is sold out and the place is electric. Stanley Cup final electric. I would expect 75 percent Canadian fans even though the Sabres are correctly treating this as an American home game by passing out flags and other red, white and blue items at the gate.

PA man Jay Moran made me chuckle when he greeted the Americans for warmups with a loud here-come-the-Sabres bellow and announced Canada as if "the NHL's Florida Panthers" were taking the ice. Of course, he got drowned out by the huge ovation for the boys from north of the border. 

There's nothing poetic I can really say to set this one up. There are dueling chants of "Ca-na-da, Ca-na-da" and "USA, USA" going on in different spots around the building. Lots of flags waving from both country. The story in the stands is going to be nearly as compelling as the one on the ice.

Let's get it on.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Canada starters: Hamilton-Schenn-Eakin-Cowan-Barrie. Goal: Visentin
USA starters: Morin-Bourque-Bjugstad-Ramage-Merrill. Goal: Campbell 

Third Period

9:18 p.m.: We're under way. 

14:30 left: It's a bad wireless night here with so many media in the house. It's still 3-0. Most noteworthy item to this point was Marcus Foligno crushing Brock Nelson just about over the boards into the Canada bench. Visentin with a couple good saves too.

13:58 left: That should just about do it. Kassian on a breakaway. Low to the stick side. Great hands. Sabres gotta put him here next year. Forget about Portland. Canada, 4-0.

12:34 left: Visentin with the great glove save on Chris Kreider. Crowd roars the grab.

9:10 left: It's 4-1 Canada. Chris Brown broke Visentin's shutout at 9:37. Terrible night in the press box with the wireless system. Apologies. Must be all those Canada fans using their smartphones.

6:34 left: Canada in control. Shots are 37-21.

It's over: Now that I was able to get back on the wireless system finally I can tell you Canada won 4-1 and had a 41-23 edge in shots. Canada plays Russia for gold Wednesday at 7:30. The US plays Sweden for bronze Wednesday at 3:30. I had that game as the gold medal matchup going into today. Whoops!

Second Period

8:25 p.m.: The puck is dropped.

17:27 left: A break for Team USA. Howden goes for high sticking Campbell in the head after the goalie had frozen a shot. First penalty of the night.

15:45 left: Best save of the night for Visentin, stoning Bjugstad from the slot on a rebound.

15:27 left: Just as Howden gets out of the box, Charlie Coyle takes a foolish high sticking penalty as the Americans are going up ice.

15:02 left: Bigger trouble for Team USA as Patrick Wey goes for hooking. Alert play by Kassian to give the U.S. the puck to allow the 5-on-3 to go for 1:36.

14:10 left: Campbell stones Hamilton's pair of whacks after great work down low by Kassian, who is an absolute beast and will really help the Sabres next year.

14:01 left: Ryan Johansen jumps on a rebound, a tap-in of Ellis' point shot. Canada leads, 3-0.

9:02 left: Campbell making saves all over. Robbed Couturier on a breakaway after a blatant giveaway by Bourque. Shots are 25-11. The Canadian fans are chanting "This is our house" and rightly so. If this were boxing, it's nearly a TKO. Almost ready to be stopped.

3:42 left: This baby if flying with few whistles. US to the power play as Calvin de Haan goes for Canada on a ticky-tack slashing call.

2:53 left: Sensational save by Visentin to spear a Coyle tip from the edge of the crease.

End-2nd: After a wireless outage, I can tell you it's 3-0 and shots are 28-15 and there was another big ovation to end the period. Gotta pound print story for a bit.

First Period

7:38: The puck is dropped.

17:22 left: First two shots of the game and Canada has a 1-0 lead. Cody Eakin finds Curtis Hamilton alone in front. Hamilton is stopped by Campbell but taps his own rebound into the net and does a Lambeau Leap into the glass. Canada, 1-0.

15:23 left: Huge save by Campbell on Couturier, breaking down the left wing on a 2-on-1.

14:07 left: Not much chance to say much when there's no whistles. Shots are 4-1 for Canada. Good hitting on both sides but the crowd is so far and away in favor of Canada that it feels like we're in Toronto. No surprise at all.

11:53 left: Canada's size really bothering the Americans. Quinton Howden crushed Brock Nelson and Jerry D'Amigo with big hits in about a 10-second span.

11:37 left: Campbell with a strong glove save on Hamilton. Shots are 5-1.

9:41 left: Americans finally starting to bang back. Bjugstad crushed de Haan with Team USA's best check of the night and some Canadian forwards got pushed away from Campbell after he froze the puck.

7:39 left: Visentin's best save is a glove stop on Chris Krieder. He's shaky with the glove, still stabbing at the puck, but hasn't been challenged much yet. Shots are 9-4.

6:06 left: Canada takes a 2-0 lead as Howden tips home a perfect pass from the right wing from Brett Connolly after beating Ramage down the slot. Big trouble for Team USA, which is getting beat to the puck and completely outworked in this period.

2:33 left: Kassian loses the puck off his stick in the slot just when he's going to uncork one on a 3-on-2. The ice looks bad and it looks like it got the Sabres draftee there. HUGE chance for a third goal.

End-1st: Canada gets a roaring standing ovation as it heads to the locker room with a 2-0 lead and a 12-5 edge in shots on goal. USA had only one real scoring chance, a tip from the slot by Ryan Bourque with 52 seconds left in the period that went wide. Total domination in the stands and on the ice so far.

Audio: Team Canada meets the media

Unlike Team USA, Team Canada did not work out today. The players met at HSBC Arena and then returned to their headquarters at the Embassy Suites on Delaware Avenue to meet the media. Coach Dave Cameron was his typical closed-mouth, say-little self. Captain Ryan Ellis took umbrage at my questions about how tight the Canadians were yesterday against Switzerland (memo to the captain: the game was tied for 37 minutes and your fans were scared to death) and defenseman Erik Gudbranson tried to say it's just another hockey game.

Yeah, right.

The Americans are laughing at the way Canada is taking the underdog role here. And while I think Team USA is the better team, most of the fans here tonight will be rooting for Canada and it will just about be cause for national mourning if the boys from north of the border lose to the Americans again.

Here's a listen at what was said by Team Canada today at the noon hour.

Dave Cameron

Ryan Ellis

Erik Gudbranson

Marcus Foligno

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Live: Canada-Switzerland

Greetings from HSBC Arena as we get set to start the knockout round of the World Junior Championships. Somehow, that term makes me laugh for some reason. And it's really not a knockout anyway. You just play in lower-level placement games until you lose. In any event, we've got Canada and Switzerland coming with a 3:30 faceoff.

I know the Swiss played well in Friday's 2-1 loss to Team USA but I see no way Canada loses this one. The Canadians are 18-0 all-time against the Swiss in this tournament with an aggregate goal advantage of 122-32. This is a pretty good Switzerland team but Canada will have Zack Kassian back and you have to figure the red and white will be sharp after Friday's 6-5 shootout loss to Sweden.

And you know who tournament organizers want to win. We all get what we want -- Canada vs. US, Monday night at 7:30 -- if the Canadians take care of business here.

Couple bits business before this one: Canada is changing goalies and going to Mark Visentin of the OHL's Niagara Ice Dogs in place of Olivier Roy, who struggled Friday. Good call there. This will easily be the smallest crowd of the tournament for a Canada game. Remember, this one wasn't on anyone's schedule until the Canadians lost Friday. I'm still thinking we get to 10,000 or so. Then look for the house to be just about filled the next three nights.

---Mike Harrington
(twitter.com/bnharrington) 

Third Period

5;13 p.m.: Game on.

15:43 left: You just felt the pressure bubble lift. Cody Eakin finds Louis Leblanc in the right circle after a nice tap pass from behind the net by Schenn. LeBlanc beats Conz short side. Bad gol. Canada leads 3-1.

10:00 left: Shots are 9-3 in this period and 43-20 for the game.

8:13 left: Canada goes for the clincher as Benjamin Antonietti goes for slashing.

5:38 left: Clock running down with Swiss no real threat. Shots at 46-20. Just 5 1/2 minutes away from THE showdown.

5:07 left: Tristan Schwerney for a head check (two minutes) and 10-minute misconduct. Knocked Ashton's helmet clear off his head.

2:41 left: Conz with two more great saves. Swiss call a timeout. No real threat in a 3-1 hole.

2:20 left: Crowd starts chanting "We want U-S-A".

1:59 left: And they will get USA as Kassian scores into the empty net on Canada's 50th shot to make it 4-1. Swiss star Nino Niederreiter, who has been no factor in this one, gets a misconduct. You'd think the No. 5 pick in the draft would have more impact than he has.

1:31 left: Another penalty on frustrated Swiss, a roughing call on Bartschi, and a roughing penalty to Canada's Gudbranson.

It's over: Canada wins 4-1 and meets Team USA here Monday night at 7:30. Final shots on goal in this one were 50-22.

 

Second Period

4:28 p.m: Game on.

14:55 left: Canada's first shot, an easy one by Johansen. Swiss have three. Better start for them. They found their equilibrium at intermission.

12:34 left: Hard to believe Canada can be this lethargic with this much on the line. One shot in 7 1/2 minutes. They took the day off yesterday after losing to Sweden. Maybe they should have practiced?

11:20 left: Good Canada shift results in a couple good chances by Howden and Connolly. One good Conz save, one shot wide.

8:42 left: Conz robs Foligno from in front after feed from Johansen from behind the net. Best chance of the period.

6:08 left: Carter Ashton for slashing. Wow, what a mistake by Visentin. He sprinted to the bench thinking the penalty was on the Swiss and left the net open. But they couldn't get a shot at the empty goal from the other end.

4:00 left: Visentin has such a shaky glove. Never catches anything. Stabs at the puck. Dropped on there. Lucky no Swiss around to tap it in. Shots are 9-6 for Switzerland in this period.

2:32 left: On shot No. 30, Canada finally breaks through for a 2-1 lead. Casey Cizikas beats Conz high over the glove on a 2-on-1 with Louis Leblanc. Great feed by Carter Ashton. Canada leads, 2-1.

End-2nd: Canada leads 2-1 and has a 34-17 edge in shots (11-9 in that period, including the last five). Cizikas had a chance in the final 20 seconds for another one on a 2-on-1 but Conz made the save. Should have really passed it to the slot to an open Foligno.

First Period

3:39 p.m.: The puck is dropped.

18:51 left: Whoa. First shot of the game goes by Visentin and it's a brutal goal as Inti Pestoni dribbles one just inside the goalie's right skate and post as it's deflected in by Ryan Ellis. Switzerland, 1-0, and the crowd is stunned.

17:39 left: Canada to the power play as Schappi goes for delay of game. Kassian on the ice for Canada after serving his suspension. 

16:21 left: Now it's a 5-on-3 for 46 seconds as Nicholas Steiner goes for closing his hand on the puck.

14:30 left: Couple chances but no goals. Shots are 2-2. So far, the Canadians look like a tight, nervous team. And that early goal certainly didn't help.

13:46 left: Not much confidence in the building in Visentin. He just fumbled Reto Schiappi's easy flip shot from the left before covering it in front of him. You could hear the murmurs going through the stands. Shots are 5-3 for Canada. Couple nice saves in the last minute by Swiss goalie Benjamin Conz. Remember, he made 40 saves Friday against Team USA. There's a big edge in net for the Swiss in this one. Canada has to counter that in other areas.

12:26 left: One of the Swiss coaches just got plugged on the side of the head by a puck over the boards. He's off for repairs and pounded the wall as he headed down the runway.

11:23 left: Brett Connolly stopped in front on a one-timer. Great feed by Couturier. Conz is a stud. Scary for Canada. Shots are 9-3.

9:36 left: Visentin holds the post after Schiappi steals in from Ellis and gets in tight. Can't even imagine how high the pressure meter would get if the Swiss got another here.

7:20 left: That was, in fact, Swiss head coach Richard Jost who was struck on the bench. He's back and went down the line of his players tapping them on the back to tell them he had returned.

5:07 left: Bartschi goes for slashing. Comes a few seconds after Dylan Olson goes in on goal but is stopped by Conz.

4:54 left: Canada ties it at 1-1. Pass by Schenn from right circle was stopped by the defense but Ryan Johansen scooped the puck up first and slid it along the ice under Conz. Shots are 15-6.

3:32 left: Conz stops Barrie on the backhand. Swiss need to hold on here and get to the locker room tied to stem this momentum. Canada takes the lead and all its confidence comes back. Shots 16-7.

3:21 left: Conz with the glove save on a laser from Johansen streaking down the right wing.

2:51 left: Johansen robbed again from in front. Sick backhand pass from the wall by captain Ryan Ellis.

End-1st: It's tied at 1-1 but it turned into a shooting gallery over the final 10 minutes as Canada has a 23-8 bulge in shots on goal. Johansen stopped again in the final minute and so was Kassian on a feed from Marcus Foligno. Those three put together for a great shift.

Audio: Team Canada's Cameron, Foligno, Schenn and Schwartz

I'm still fascinated by the media coverage the Canadian junior team gets by our neighbors to the north. Press conferences for the team feel like major events.

I took part in one Thursday at HSBC Arena, as coach Dave Cameron discussed the injury to Jaden Schwartz, and his team's preparation for Friday's showdown with Sweden.

Here's audio from Cameron, Schwartz, Sabres prospect Marcus Foligno and Brayden Schenn, the tournament's leading scorer to this point.

Coach Dave Cameron

Marcus Foligno

Jaden Schwartz

Brayden Schenn

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

Canada's Schwartz has broken ankle

Canadian forward Jaden Schwartz will miss the rest of the World Juniors with a broken ankle. Team Canada coach Dave Cameron confirmed that diagnosis Thursday afternoon in his meeting with the media at HSBC Arena.

Schwartz was hurt during Canada's 7-2 win over the Czech Republic. He initially left the game in the first period, though he later returned and scored a power-play goal to give his team a 2-1 lead.

Canada, of course, will also be without Sabres draft pick Zack Kassian for Friday's showdown against Sweden. Kassian will be serving the second game of his two-game suspension for a hit to the head of Czech defenseman Petr Senkerik on Tuesday.

Cameron also said that defenseman Calvin de Haan and forward Cody Eakin, both of whom missed Wednesday's 10-1 win over Norway, will return to the lineup against the Swedes.

We'll have a separate blog post up with audio from Cameron, Schwartz and Sabres draft pick Marcus Foligno.

---Jay Skurski

http://twitter.com/jayskurski

Kassian suspension now includes Friday's game vs. Sweden

The IIHF today gave Canadian forward and Sabres prospect Zack Kassian an additional game suspension for his hit Tuesday night on Czech Republic forward Petr Senkerik.

Kassian was by rule suspended for tonight's game against Norway after receiving a match penalty for a hit to the head but IIHF judge Dan Marouelli determined the hit warranted an additional game. That means Kassian will miss Friday's marquee showdown against Sweden.

"We all looked at the hit and thought it was a little bit cleaner than they portrayed but at the same time Zack's a big boy. When [he] hits someone, it's going to end up in a rough cause but we heard the other guy was OK and that's what mattered most," fellow Sabres prospect and Kassian linemate Marcus Foligno said after learning the news.

On did Kassian's past, last year's 20-game suspension by the OHL, play a role in the additional game:

"All I know is the IIHF comes down harder on head shots," Foligno said. "That's what I've learned in this tournament. ... Kassian's hit --- I don't really know what the difference was with some other head shots that they've had in earlier games. I know there were two head shots in the first game between Germany and Switzerland."

Below is audio of Foligno from this morning's pre-game session with the media at Team Canada's hotel. The Canadians canceled their morning skate before tonight's clash with Norway.

IIHF also announced Slovakia’s Marek Marincin will sit out a three-game suspension for his hit to the head and neck area on U.S.A. forward Jason Zucker with 7:51 left in the third period of Tuesday night's game. Slovakia’s Peter Hrasko was given two games for his hit to the head and neck area on American forward Jerry D’Amigo.

Marcus Foligno:

--Miguel Rodriguez

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