Canada taking do or die approach at WJC

Canada's Anthony Mantha (right) and the United States' Matt Grzelcyk battle for the puck during the...

Canada's Anthony Mantha (right) and the United States' Matt Grzelcyk battle for the puck during the world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden, December 31, 2013. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

Game 7.

That’s the mentality Canada coach Brent Sutter wants his players to take into each shift for the remainder of the 2014 world junior championship.

It starts Thursday in a quarterfinal against Switzerland, where an upset loss would send the Canadians packing.

But a win is expected, and if that happens, Canada will be guaranteed of playing for a medal. It would meet Finland or the Czech Republic in the semifinal, with a berth in the gold-medal game on the line.

And there’s something else nipping at the corners of the Canadians’ collective mindset.

“I think a lot of people doubted us and said things too early,” captain Scott Laughton said Wednesday. “It has been a progressive buildup for us. We have gone through some adversity already and we’re better for it.”


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