1. Jeff Carter: The Soo Greyhounds centre was the best player on the ice, using his size and speed to wreak havoc on his opponents. Carter set up the first goal in the opening minute and scored the pivotal goal that set off a firestorm in the second period.
2. Dion Phaneuf: The Red Deer Rebels blue-liner chipped in a power-play goal in the second period, but more importantly combined with defence partner Shea Weber and the line of Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby and Corey Perry to shut down Russian captain Alexander Ovechkin.
3. Ryan Getzlaf: The Calgary Hitmen winger opened the scoring 51 seconds in and added a pair of assists for a three-point night.
Carter's bad-angle shot at 3:33 of the second gave Canada a bit of breathing room and brought an end to the night of Russia goalie Anton Khudobin. It was the first of four unanswered goals in the period for Canada and helped Carter tie the record for most goals by a Canadian in world junior play (12), previously set by Eric Lindros.
Smack of the Game
Early in the second period, Team Canada captain Mike Richards laid out Russian defenceman Alexei Emelin. Richards was trying to beat Emelin by cutting to the inside and as he left his feet his elbow connected squarely with the face of Emelin.
The buzz in the arena was electric throughout but Canadian fans nearly blew the roof off of the building when the final buzzer sounded. Team Canada players congregated in a celebratory pile just outside the crease of goalie Jeff Glass.
Bumps and Bruises
RW Jeremy Colliton sat out his fourth consecutive game with a sprained knee and D Cam Barker sat out his third straight game with mononucleosis. Barker, who had returned to Winnipeg, came back to watch yesterday's game and was presented with his gold medal afterward.
Canada has now captured the event 11 times, including a stretch of five consecutive titles between 1993 and 1997.