Canada wins third straight at World Juniors; U.S. third

Updated: January 8, 2007, 3:00 AM ET
Associated Press

LEKSAND, Sweden -- Canada scored three goals in a 3-minute span for a 4-2 win over Russia, capturing its third consecutive gold at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship on Friday.

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The United States took third place with a 2-1 win over Sweden. Erik Johnson scored the winning goal and assisted on another.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist for Canada, which went up 4-0 in the second period and then held off a Russian rally behind several spectacular saves from goalie Carey Price.

Andrew Cogliano, Bryan Little and Toews all scored in a span starting at 15:35 of the first period, with power-play goals by Little and Toews.

Brad Marchand gave Canada a 4-0 lead six minutes into the second period, but Pavel Valentenko and Gennadi Churilov scored power-play goals for Russia to cut Canada's lead in half heading into the third.

It was the third year in a row that Canada defeated Russia in the final.

In the U.S. win, Johnson beat goalie Joel Gistedt with a wrist shot at 12:34 into the second period, scoring his fourth goal of the tournament.

Seconds before the end of the first period, a shot by Johnson rebounded to Pat Kane, who scored from a tough angle to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. It was Kane's team-high fifth goal of the tournament.

Sweden's Patrik Zackrisson tied the score on a quick wrist shot from close range 9 minutes into the second period.

Sweden had a two-man advantage for more than a minute in the final period, but rarely threatened American goalie Jeff Frazee.

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