Was a sweet day for Team Canada, which capped off its great run at the World
Juniors with a golden shutout over Russia. The second-place Russians were naturally heartbroken after seeing
their own string of successes in British Columbia come to an end. HockeyCanada.ca was there to bring you full
reaction from both teams.
Steve Downie, Canada: I never even envisioned this happening. I’m just thankful to be here
and it’s better than I could have imagined.
Kyle Chipchura, Canada: [Pogge] has been huge for us all tournament. I thought we had a slow
start and he bailed us out. There were a lot of doubters out there for us, but we didn’t really listen to it.
We believed in each other and believed in our team, and we went into each game thinking we could win each
Luc Bourdon, Canada: Once again, I want to thank the fans for being behind us. It’s been like
that all the way through. Tonight was special for us and the fans. It was so great
Michael Blunden, Canada: We just got it going tonight. We were moving the puck well and our
defencemen were shooting well.
Ryan O’Marra, Canada: Everyone’s got some battle wounds. We wanted to execute our game plan
and we knew that they weren’t as strong willed as us. They didn’t have the same kind of heart and passion as
we did, especially with the fans we had behind us. Our game plan was to execute mistake free hockey and it
was good to see.
Dustin Boyd, Canada: It was everything I expected and a little bit more. It was unbelievable.
The crowd was nuts. Singing “O Canada” on the blueline was something special.
Kris Russell, Canada: It was exciting. I didn’t know how good it would feel until the buzzer
sounded. It was pretty special. We really wanted to win it for the fans and also ourselves. We felt a little
bit of pressure, but Sutter made us realize you take every game one at a time, and that’s what we did.
Cam Barker, Canada: This is huge. This feels so good right now. It’s such a special group of
guys. It’s an unbelievable feeling. From where we stayed to the fans and the welcome we got here and in
Chase, everything has been awesome.
Andrew Cogliano, Canada: You want to do it for the whole country and the people watching,
coast to coast. It’s a big thing for us, but it’s a big thing for the people in Canada.
Jonathan Toews, Canada: We played the way our coach wanted us. We trusted our coach and he
did his job. He was a great coach and it was an honour playing for him. It’s unbelievable to win in,
especially in front of a crowd like that. It was awesome.
Justin Pogge, Canada: I’m just kind of living in the moment and will probably reflect on it
in a few days. You can’t really explain how it feels to hear that many people chant your name. Coming into
the first period, I knew I was going to be busy, and I was ready. I learned a lot, and I was training with
[goaltending instructor] Ian Clark, and he helped me out and gave me little goals to do every game. But I
have to credit my shutouts to my team in front of me. We played a real team defence game and we were able to
shut down the Russians.
Brent Sutter, Head Coach, Canada: I think that if someone said that this game would be a 5-0
hockey game before it started, I don’t know if you could believe them or not. But the kids are a great group
of young men, They just stuck with it and stuck it, and tonight was a final of how they’ve been since
December 11. Going into [tonight’s] game you heard all the talk about how skilled the Russians were and how
good of a team they have and rightfully so. But I think the one thing everyone underestimated was the skill
level we had. We had a pretty good skill level on our team. I never questioned whether we could score enough
goals or not. My biggest thing from the get-go was, “Can we be a solid enough team defensively to shut down
our opposition?” In the end we had good goaltending. I knew our defence would get better every game. I knew
our forwards would adjust to what we wanted to with our system. [As far as taking Steve Downie], there was
never a question for me ever, ever. Since day one when he stepped on the ice in August I knew he had to be
part of this team. As far as the coaching staff goes, there was never an issue with us and Steve Downie. He’s
a great young man and he played outstanding this whole tournament for us. It’s funny. Everyone else was
talking about Malkin, but never once did I bring him up in a meeting with our players, because to me, if you
start focusing on one guy, it’s a complete distraction to your hockey team. Nothing had to be said. We know
he’s a very good player, but we had to play our style and our way. We talked more about our team concept and
the way we had to play.
Alexei Emelin, Russia: [We are feeling] the worst feelings. I believe psychologically we were
not ready for this game. Plus the fans cheered for Canada and it affected us as well. When we saw such a huge
support from their fans it really affected us.
Andrei Zubarev, Russia: We are upset that we lost, but this is the World Championship. To
tell the truth I will have another chance next year [to win the gold]. But after the game I had tears in my
eyes. First of all we didn’t have a practice today, and on the other hand, Canada chose to play the game at
this particular time and we were used to playing at 8 pm. I believe we were not prepared well enough to play
at this particular time of the game. I believe that we were good on the power play, but to tell the truth,
the Canadians were even better. [Regarding the reviewed potential Russian goal at the start of the second
period], it would have produced a tremendous psychological effect on us. It would give us lots of support and
encouragement, but when Canada started to win 2-0 and playing at home, it just slowed everything down.
Evgeni Malkin, Russia: It’s not the first time we played the Canadians. We played them last
year. They are a very good team that plays very tough and strong. They will go to the net and will capitalize
on the rebounds. It’s a great team. [The no goal] didn’t help our team’s motivation, but nonetheless I think
that we forechecked and tried our best.
Nikolai Lemtyugov, Russia: The matter is that everyone speaks for themselves. It doesn’t
matter what game it is, you have to do your job and you have to win the game.
Sergey Mikhalev, Head Coach, Russia: I would like to congratulate Team Canada and all their
team members. They deserved today’s win. Unfortunately our game plan didn’t work out. We knew that Canada
would be playing hard from the beginning of the game, and I must admit they were able to do it. We didn’t
play that badly and we were even shooting more than Team Canada in the first period. Those two first-period
goals were decisive.