Streak an added bit of pressure

PAUL FRIESEN

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

They all know about The Streak now.

And it's become a torch for members of Team Canada to carry through the world junior championships.

Canada's run of 20 consecutive victories in this event goes back to 2005, when what was arguably the country's best junior team ever swept its opposition in Grand Forks, N.D.

"We don't want to lose a game here," forward Steve Stamkos said yesterday. "Our goal was to win the six games in a row. We're two down, and four more to go."

As if the burden of winning a fourth straight gold medal weren't enough.

"It wouldn't be the end of the world if we were to drop a game here, as long as we win the gold medal," Stamkos said. "But we might as well keep the streak going and win the gold medal."

HE'S A SUTTER: Canada's Brandon Sutter may be pointless through two games, but that doesn't mean he hasn't contributed.

"I don't know what he weighs, a buck-70 if he's lucky," head coach Craig Hartsburg began.

"But he pays the price, blocks shots, does all the little things right for the team. Maybe a lot of people don't notice, but as a coach you certainly notice."

Sutter is the son of former NHLer Brent Sutter, and it sounds like the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

"He's certainly a Sutter, through and through," Hartsburg said.

AROUND THE WJHC: Both pools see battles for first place today: Canada-Sweden on one side, the unbeaten Americans and Russians on the other ... The Swedes lead all teams with 14 goals. Russia has 12 ... Colin Wilson of the U.S., who grew up in Winnipeg, is tied for the tournament goal-scoring lead, with three ... The U.S. has given up just three goals, second to Canada's zero ... Canada's Brad Marchand hurt his shoulder in practice yesterday but appears to be good to go.


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