Canada ends dominating tourney run with gold

Under the NHL-style leadership of coach Brent Sutter, the Canadian players never let up. There was never a moment of tentativeness, never questions of self-doubt or of focus en route to the gold.

Updated: January 5, 2005, 8:32 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Men to boys, giants to sprites, mountains to mole hills. Take your pick as Canada's national junior team ended a dominating run at the World Junior Championship by thrashing Russia 6-1 in the gold-medal game Tuesday night.

The Russians -- led by the top two picks in last summer's NHL entry draft, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin -- were supposed to represent the first true challenge for a Canadian team that had outscored opponents 35-6 in its first five games. Instead, ...

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