Canada expects tough game from gifted Russians

TERRY JONES

, Last Updated: 7:11 AM ET

QUEBEC CITY -- There hasn't been a Canada-Russia gold-medal game at this level since the 1992 Olympics and the build-up to tomorrow's world championship final already is revving up.

It was like that here yesterday when 13,026 fans could have drowned out the noise of a 747 jet taking off inside Les Colisee Pepsi as Canada controlled the puck in the final moments of a 5-4 win over Sweden to book a ticket to the final against Alexander Ovechkin and the Russians.

"It should be a great hockey game," said Ken Hitchcock, who named Cam Ward, the goaltender who won last year's gold-medal game for Canada, as tomorrow's starter.

"Talk about skill. They've got a lot of it," captain Shane Doan said.

"The Russians definitely have a lot of fire-power," said Dany Heatley, who scored his 11th goal of the tournament to tie a modern day Canadian team record.

"The Russians are one of the most skilled teams in the tournament. It's going to be a fun game," Rick Nash said. "We're going to have to play our style.We have to make sure and not get caught up in their game. We need to worry about our game."

"Our strength is using our size down low and we have to continue to do that," Doansaid.

"The thing about the Russians is that they have the ability to make you pay for even just a little mistake. We're going to have to be aggressive and cautious at the same time," Hitchcock said yesterday..

"We're going to have to check as well as we've checked in our lives."


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