Swedes or Finns?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- When Canada skates on to the ice at GM Place tomorrow night for its semi-final game, it's going to face either a club that it scared into submission last week or one that many figured could be the tournament's dark horse.

But whether it's Finland, which Canada beat 5-1 on Monday, or Sweden, second in Group B, the Canadian players don't much care.

"I don't think it really matters," David Bolland said. "It just comes down to who is going to work harder."

Canada will face a Maple Leafs prospect. Three are in the tournament -- Canada's Justin Pogge, goalie Tuukka Rask of Finland and Swedish defenceman Anton Stralman.

WHO CARES?

That the IIHF chose not to review the elbow Jack Johnson of the U.S. planted on Steve Downie in Saturday's game meant little to Canada coach Brent Sutter. Johnson got a five-minute major.

"They had an opportunity to review it and decided it was not worth reviewing," Sutter said. "I'm fine with that."

KEEP IT COMING

Leafs scout Dave Morrison has arrived from Kamloops and was pleased with what he saw in Pogge on TV.

"He seems to have a lot of confidence right now and that is so important," Morrison said. "We're extremely happy. He has worked hard at his trade and he is improving."

LOOK, IT'S WENDEL

Among the players in town for an alumni game involving members of the 1982 and 1985 Canadian junior teams is Wendel Clark. He said it's impossible to compare the media coverage and spectator awareness of the event in 1985, when he played, to what it is now.

"It changed huge, especially (in North America)," Clark said.

"For guys coming from (a country such as) Switzerland, this might be their last chance to play at a high level and in front of crowds that are 16,000 or 18,000. It's great for the game."


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