Quincey to bolster Canada's blue-line

Canada's goalkeeper Cam Ward reacts next to his teammate Marc Methot after failing to save the...

Canada's goalkeeper Cam Ward reacts next to his teammate Marc Methot after failing to save the winning goal of Paul Stastny of the U.S. in the overtime of their 2012 IIHFWorld Championship game in Helsinki Saturday. (Grigory Dukor/Reuters)

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

HELSINKI - Kyle Quincey was in the air, Marc Methot was on the ice and Alex Burrows was on the mend.

As Canada and the U.S. prepared to play Saturday, it looked like Kevin Lowe and his world championship management team could settle in and watch the hockey.

But late in Canada’s 5-4 overtime loss, the braintrust saw teenager Ryan Murray on the ice in a critical situation.

Used sparingly with Methot back in the lineup, Murray was filling in for the injured Marc-Edouard Vlasic .

“Vlasic suffered an undisclosed lower-body injury,” said coach Brent Sutter.

Quincey, 26, is expected here Sunday morning. He’s played 257 games with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and his current club, the Detroit Red Wings.

“Murray’s still young; we needed a guy with experience,” said Lowe of the replacement for Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban who injured his right knee in a pre-tournament game in Switzerland last week.

“You need an insurance policy over here,” said Lowe, who put the 18-year-old Murray on the roster and in the lineup for Canada’s 3-2 win over Slovakia Friday while Methot sat out with a minor groin injury.

Meanwhile Burrows, who hit the back of his head on the ice in his first world championship game, will be under observation for a few more days.

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