Russia Beats Canada in IIHF Tournament in Buffalo

12:40 PM, Jan 6, 2011   |    comments
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  • Fans leaving the HSBC Arena following Russia's win over Canada.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Artemi Panarin scored twice and Russia overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to stun Canada 5-3 in the gold-medal game in the World Junior Hockey Championships on Wednesday night.

"It hasn't sunk it," said Canada defenseman Tyson Barrie, "this is the worst feeling I've ever had."

Yevgeni Kuznetsov had three assists as Russia scored five times in a 16:11 span to win its first gold medal since 2003 -- and 13th overall. Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and assist, and Maxim Kitsyn also scored for the Russians, who scored five times on 10 shots in the third period.

Tarasenko summed up his emotions briefly after the upset win, "I'm just excited."

Igor Bobkov proved to be the difference, stopping all 20 shots he faced in replacing Dmitri Shikin, who was yanked after allowing three goals on 18 shots.

Bryaden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Ellis and Carter Ashton also scored for Canada, which lost the title game for the second straight year after winning the previous five years.

Schenn was stunned by the collapse, "It's a lot of disbelief, it's really shocking to see five goals go in.  That's a team problem, we only played 40 minutes and it shows."

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