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World Junior Hockey: did Denmark show they are an emerging force?

Canada edged Russia in a nailbiting final but which players have bright futures in the NHL?

Suffice to say: that was close. You might not have known it by walking the streets of Toronto after the final buzzer, but it was close. Canada pulled out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period of the gold medal game of the 2014-15 IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto against Russia, and then watched their lead gradually fall away, in fits and starts, over the course of three periods, to end in a 5-4 nail-biter. The Canadians almost faltered, almost lost – embarrassingly.

In the end, though, the crowd at the Air Canada Centre – along with those watching across the country at home – was mollified. The lead held, only just, and the gold returned to Canada, its first medal at the tournament in two years, and its first gold in six.

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