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World Juniors: Nugent-Hopkins paces Canada to 4-1 win over Russia, semis berth

Dec 31, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins notched three assists, including one on Mark Schiefele’s game-winner, as Canada defeated Russia 4-1 in the final group game of the 2013 World Junior Championships.

With the win, Canada finished atop Group B with a perfect 4-0 record and earned an automatic spot in the tournament semifinals.

Schiefele’s deciding tally came after Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting Canadian defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon from behind.

Canada scored twice on the ensuing power play — one from Schiefele, one from Dougie Hamilton — with Nugent-Hopkins assisting on both.

The Nuge collected his third assist of the game on Jonathan Drouin’s second period insurance marker, and Jonathan Huberdeau salted the victory away with an empty-net goal late in the third.

Russia’s lone goal came courtesy Nikita Kuckerov, who scored with less than three minutes left in the opening frame to cut Canada’s lead to 2-1.

Russia had a chance for a second when Vladimir Tkachyov was awarded a penalty shot with 20 seconds left, but he was stoned by Canadian goalie Malcolm Subban, who stopped 20 of 21 shots on the night.

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  1. kingfooj - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    thata boy

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Canada looked really good shutting down Yakupov and Co. all night, especially on the PP. If not for the one misplay by Scheifele this would’ve been a shutout. Subban was great again nonetheless. Big win for these guys.

    And anyone who in the wake of his suspension suggested Boone Jenner was training for the NHL goon squad need only watch him in this game to know how wrong they are.

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      They looked very strong I their zone protecting the middle of the ice, and their forechecking was very effective. To Yakupov, “Ensure brain is engaged before ope Ning mouth!”

      Nugget-Hopkins has the softest hands and sweetest passes. Sub an was very good, but again he has to control his rebounds more efficiently. Drouin was very good as well.

  3. jaybird22seven - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Hey Nail, do you think Nichushkin’s hit from behind was dirty ? Next time you open your mouth with a comment about Canadian hockey you should think first.

  4. travishenryskid - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Honestly, that was a bad call. 2 minutes, sure. But 5 and a game was excessive and was the deciding factor in the game.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM

      Meh, it was in line with all the other ones we’ve seen. Nichushkin hit Wotherspoon right between the numbers and even changed the angle of his hit to do so. Definitely deserving of the penalty but there shouldn’t be a suspension.

      • danphipps01 - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:11 PM

        Hit from behind. If Camara’s completely clean and legal hit got punished (even if the IIHF did admit it shouldn’t have merited a call afterward), there was no way they were going to let a hit from behind slide just a couple days later.

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      What you talking about? It was a hit for behind, and it was boarding.

    • dprouse - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      You can’t put a guy face first into the glass anymore – players know that. That’s five and a game in any league in the world these days, especially if you injure the player in the process.

  5. jaybird22seven - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    So do you think Lipon should have got a game for his hit? It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as a hit from behind.

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Lipon was suspended because it was a hit to the head. It was not from behind nor was it boarding. Can’t use this one to compare Nichushkin hit on Wotherspoon.

  6. danphipps01 - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    21 shots? Wow. Where was the hustle late in the game, down by two? The Americans put up a much better fight.

    • id4joey - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      This is where you have to give credit to the Canadian players for their forechecking and defensive zone play. Russians were just not efficient getting to the net.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        Canada was playing their top guy’s so tight that most of the time they simply couldn’t shoot unless they wanted to bury the puck in someone’s shin pads.

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