Three times unlucky for Tavares, Eberle

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

HELSINKI - Coming overseas to play for Canada and having to go home without even making it to the medal round is bad enough once.

But three times in a row?

Jordan Eberle and John Tavares have played in three quarterfinal games at the world championship and have lost all three.

"It just makes it worse," Tavares said Thursday after Canada lost 4-3 to Slovakia.

"Especially this year. We had a great team. We came together as a team so well during the tournament. To end up with the same result again ..."

Eberle had to take a moment to compose himself as he started to tear up in the mixed zone.

"It's so frustrating," he said. "We had such a good team and we were playing so well together most of the tournament ..."

Patrick Sharp said it's hard after being in Scandinavia for three weeks, leading 3-2 after two periods in the quarterfinal and suddenly finding yourself not going to the medal round.

"It's just such a tough way to end the tournament," he said.

"It's not a best-of-seven. I'm not sure how, exactly, but we have to learn from it. The slow start hurt us. Not scoring on the five-on-three hurt us. Maybe if we had a bigger cushion at the end."

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