Game Summary
Sweden  0 -  Canada  2

by Alan Adams

LEKSAND, Sweden – Luc Bourdon’s (Shippagan, NB/Moncton, QMJHL) blast from the point in the first period stood as the game-winner as Canada shut out Sweden 2-0 to open the 2007 World Junior Championship on Tuesday.

Bourdon scored at 14:22 of the first at the tail end of a Team Canada power play. Kristopher Letang (Ste-Julie, QC/Val d’Or, QMJHL) sent a pass across to Bourdon, who one-timed the puck past Sweden’s goaltender, Joel Gistedt.

Sweden outshot Canada 31-18 in the game, forcing Carey Price (Anahim Lake, BC/Tri-City, WHL) to stand tall in Team Canada’s net. Price was outstanding throughout the game, but especially in the second period, when Sweden took over control of the game.

Team Canada extended its lead late in the second period with another power-play goal. Letang earned his second assist of the night when he streaked down the right side, took a shot and watched as Brad Marchand (Hammonds Plains, NS/Val d’Or, QMJHL) put away the rebound. Letang and Marchand are teammates with the Val d’Or Foreurs of the QMJHL. Andrew Cogliano (Woodbridge, ON/Michigan, CCHA) earned the other assist.

Team Canada sits in first place in Group A with three points after Day 1 at the World Junior Championship. Germany pulled off a major upset earlier in the day when it defeated U.S.A 2-1 in overtime. In Group B action, Belarus beat Finland 4-3 and Russia beat Czech Republic 3-2.

Canada returns to action on Wednesday, when it faces U.S.A in a matchup of Group A powers. The game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET and can be seen live on TSN and RDS. Wednesday’s other games have Slovakia taking on Germany and Switzerland facing Belarus.

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Game Information
Game Number Round Preliminary
Arena Ejendals Arena City, Country Leksand, Sweden
Month / Day / Year 12/26/2006 Time (local) 07:00 PM EET
Attendance 7650 Game Status Final

Box Score   1     2     3   Total
Sweden (SWE) 0 0 0 0
Canada (CAN) 1 1 0 2
First Period
   14:22 CAN 6 Luc Bourdon (5 Kristopher Letang, 23 Ryan O'Marra) PP

   02:56 CAN 22 Daniel Bertram (Roughing)
   08:10 SWE 25 Patrik Zackrisson (Holding)
   12:22 SWE 19 Nicklas Backstrom (High Sticking)
   14:47 CAN 19 James Neal (Interference)
   18:33 SWE 6 Jonas Junland (Checking from Behind)
   18:33 SWE 6 Jonas Junland (10-Minute Misconduct)

Second Period
   19:12 CAN 17 Brad Marchand (5 Kristopher Letang, 9 Andrew Cogliano) PP

   00:25 SWE Team (Cross Checking)
   01:40 SWE 26 Linus Omark (Hooking)
   01:48 CAN 38 Sam Gagner (Tripping)
   10:00 CAN 38 Sam Gagner (Slashing)
   17:14 SWE Team (Too Many Men)

Third Period

   01:16 CAN 38 Sam Gagner (Elbowing)
   02:17 SWE 22 Daniel Rahimi (Tripping)
   06:42 CAN 22 Daniel Bertram (Interference)
   09:42 SWE Team (Roughing)
   09:42 CAN 29 Jonathan Toews (Roughing)
   14:40 CAN 19 James Neal (Hooking)

30 Jhonas Enroth On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00
1 Carey Price On 1/00:00   Off 3/20:00

Shots on Goal   1     2     3   Total
Sweden 8 12 11 31
Canada 6 5 7 18

Player of Game
Canada 6 Luc Bourdon
Referee Vladimir Sindler (CZE)
Lines People Mikko Kekalainen (FIN), Milan Novak (SVK)