After a run of 14 years of winning medals at the World Junior Championship, which included a string of five straight gold medals, Team Canada leaves Ufa, Russia empty-handed after losing to Russia 6-5 in overtime in a thrilling bronze medal match.
Canada didn't lose in the preliminary round in what was the toughest group at the 2013 WJC, but they failed to pick up a win in the playoff round, sealing their medal-less fate. While the USA, Russia, and Sweden seemed to rise to the occasion in the playoff round, Canada didn't move beyond the technically efficient approach they put forth in the preliminary round.
Canada's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led all scorers at the tournament, netting four goals and adding 11 assists for 15 points in his team's six games. Ryan Murphy, known for his offensive abilities from the blueline, only generated three points off of one goal and two assists. Goaltender Jordan Binnington relieved starter Malcolm Subban in Canada's semi-final loss to the USA and played well, but was not able to duplicate that performance when called on to start the bronze medal game.
Murphy, Binnington, and Nugent-Hopkins spoke with the media following the loss to Russia.