Murray back in yet again for Canada
TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
|Canada's Ryan Murray (right) is returning to the lineup after fellow defenceman Marc Methot was suspended for one game. (Martti Kainulainen/AFP)
HELSINKI - There's just no keeping junior Ryan Murray out of the Team Canada lineup.
Originally, the Everett Slivertips defenceman -- who is ranked No. 2 for the NHL Entry Draft -- was brought over to Switzerland to play in two pre-tournament games.
When P.K. Subban suffered a knee injury, Murray was brought over to Helsinki. An injury to Marc-Edouard Vlasic put him on the world championship roster. With the arrival of Kris Russell, he was sitting in the stands. But a lower body bruise to Ryan O'Reilly put him back in again. O'Reilly returned and Murray sat again. But Murray is back in again for the quarterfinal with the IIHF suspending Marc Methot for a game.
"Marc has been great for us and we will miss having him in the lineup," said coach Brent Sutter.
"Ryan Murray will play in the quarterfinal.
"Ryan has given us good and important minutes in this tournament and proven he can play well at this level."
Murray, who will now be playing his sixth tournament game, took it in stride.
"It's too bad for Marc but now I get to play again and I will do everything I can to give Marc a chance to get back out there in the medal round.
"I'm excited to play and it probably helps a bit that I already played once against Slovakia," he said.
Methot was suspended for his "reckless and dangerous boarding" on Belarusian forward Yevgeni Kovyrshin with seven seconds left to play in the third period of Canada's last preliminary-round game.
Luke Schenn received no supplementary discipline for his five minute major in the same game.