For the fourth straight year, Russia earned a medal at the 2014 World Junior Championship. And, for the third time in those four years, Canada was on the losing side of that equation as Russia won the bronze medal game at this year's event, 2-1. With both countries entering the tournament with elevated expectations, playing for bronze is not something they planned on doing. But, with other countries showing improvement in their hockey programs, it may well be the new normal for these two hockey powers.
Opening the scoring in this game for Russia was Buffalo Sabres prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko. Grigorenko finished the tournament as his country's leading scorer, finishing ninth among all scorers at the 2014 WJC. In seven games, Grigorenko netted five goals and added three assists while posting a +6 rating.
The Sabres have to feel pretty good about their Russian contingent that took part in this tournament. Grigorenko did what he was expected to do at this event, namely produce some offense, while defenseman Nikita Zadorov was named one of the top defenseman for this WJC by the media.
Grigorenko met with the media following the win over Canada, with some of those comments being captured in this Hockey's Future video.
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