Team Canada's win a classic.
04.01.2009. Panzeri, Allen. The Gazette
As the final seconds ticked down in last night's
semifinal, Team Canada was resigning itself to a place in the
bronze-medal game - definitely not what they wanted, and definitely not
what the country expected.
The Russians were leading 5-4 and, seemingly, on their way to the
gold-medal final of this year's IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
But then the unexpected, with a little bit of magic, happened.
Jordan Eberle of the Regina Pats scored with 5.4 seconds left in the
third period to tie the score at 5-5, bringing the crowd of 19,327 at
Scotiabank Place to its feet.
After a goalless overtime, Eberle, with his third goal of the game, and John Tavares, scored in the shootout.
Improbably, that gave Canada a 6-5 win and a chance to win its fifth straight world junior gold medal.
"I just could not believe it when we scored (late in the third
period)," Belleville Bulls defenceman PK Subban said. "The emotions,
you can't control it. You can't capture the moment.
"It was just another moment where, I can't believe this happened: on
the verge of being kicked out of the tournament and then you're moving
"Sunday's a day that's going to be hard to capture. It won't sink in until after the tournament, that's for sure."
Team Canada goalie Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs stopped the
second Russian shooter, Pavel Chernov, while the first, Dmitri
Kugryshev, hit the right post. It was vindication for Tokarski after
having a lousy game.
The Canadians will play Sweden for gold, while the Russians will play Slovakia in the bronze-medal game.
Eberle said he wasn't even thinking when the puck landed on his stick with seconds left. There wasn't time.
"It's too quick of a play to think: 'I've got to make this or it's over,' " he said.
"I just kind of brought my stick back. You just play like it's any other game and try to put it in.
"Maybe if I sit down and think about it, it'll hit me. But when a time
that like comes, when they score and there's two minutes left, the only
thing I think about is the opportunity to be out there and change the
"It's an awesome time to be out there, with two minutes left and you're down by one. You can either make or break it."
Tokarski was out of the net for an extra attacker when Eberle scored
his tying goal, but it looked like it was over for Canada at that point.
Only two minutes before, Dmitri Klopov, who plays for Nizhny Novgorod
Torpedo in the Continental Hockey League, got his second goal of the
game to put Russia ahead 5-4. It was the first lead Russia had in the
"I've been in this business a long time," said Team Canada head coach
Pat Quinn. "But I don't know if you ever get used to those
Defenceman Maxim Goncharov, a 2007 draft choice of the Phoenix Coyotes,
Evengi Grachev of the Brampton Battalion, and Sergei Andronov, with a
power-play goal, also scored for the Russians.
Brett Sonne of the Calgary Hitmen, Patrice Cormier of the Rimouski
OcEanic, and Angelo Esposito of the Montreal Juniors, with a
short-handed goal, also scored for Team Canada.
Russian head coach Sergei Nemchinov said Eberle's tying goal was crushing.
"It was difficult, very difficult," he said. "What can I say? We skated
well, we moved the puck well. I can only say what I said to my team in
the locker room. I am very proud of my team."
Whether Tokarski, who faced 28 shots, is in net for the gold-medal game
is the question. He wasn't at all happy with his performance and
relieved his teammates bailed him out.
"I've got to make more saves than that for Team Canada," he said. "I've
got to be better. I let them down good during the game. Hopefully, I
made up for it by getting the win.
"Obviously, it was a lot of relief to win. We were within five seconds
of not playing for the gold medal, but it was a great effort by Eberle
there, the guys bared down in the shootout, and I made a couple of
Tavares said the bench was on edge during the shootout.
"It's tense, it's tense," he said. "You've got 20,000 Canadians standing up and watching, and everyone (on the bench)
either can't really watch or has their eyes closed or their heads down,
or just grabbing onto each other and praying for pucks to go in and
pucks to stay out."
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