2011 World Junior Hockey Championship, USA Vs. Canada: Canadians Defeat US 4-1, Head To Gold Medal Game

In a rematch of last year's gold medal game, Canada takes on the United States in the semifinals of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships.

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WJC 2011, USA Vs. Canada, Canadians Defeat US 4-1 To Head To Gold Medal Game

The Canadians have gotten their revenge over the Americans from the 2010 Gold Medal Game in which the Americans defeated the Canadians 6-5 in overtime. With their 4-1 victory over the US, Canada will face the Russians in the Gold Medal game on Wednesday night while the Americans are relegated to the Bronze Medal game Wednesday afternoon against Sweden. 

Canadian goals were scored by Zack Kassian, Ryan Johansen, Quinton Howden, and Curtis Hamilton while the lone American goal was scored by Chris Brown. Canada outshot the Americans  - and looked like the better team throughout much of this game. Whether it was nerves or just being outclassed, Canada started the scoring early and never let off the gas pedal. 

The Americans will face Sweden in the Bronze Medal game for the first time in this tournament while the Canadians defeated the Russians 6-3 in the first game of the tournament for both teams. Canada appears to have the inside track for their sixth gold medal in seven years. 

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WJC 2011, USA Vs. Canada: Zack Kassian Gives Canada 4-1 Lead

The Canadians are continuing to pile on the goals with Zack Kassian scoring the fourth goal of the game for Canada at 6:02 of the third period. Kassian's goal was assisted by Calvin De Haan. at the 9:37 mark of the third, Chris Brown gave the US their first goal of the game to bring the Americans to within three goals. 

At the moment, the Canadians are continuing to punish the Americans including throwing the body around. The latest hit came from Marcus Foligno and Zack Kassian sending Brock Nelson into the Canadians bench. 

The American play is starting to come alive in this game, but it may very well be too little, too late for the Americans. With roughly 10 minutes left to play in the game, the Americans need to score and score fast. With the way the Canadians are backchecking the Americans, that very well may be easier said than done. 

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WJC 2011, USA Vs. Canada: Canada Cruising With 3-0 Lead In Second Period

Canada's chances to avenge their Gold Medal Game loss from last season are looking good with a 3-0 lead over the United States in the second period. Ryan Johansen scored the only goal in the second period at the 5:59 mark. Johansen's goal came on a 5 on 3 advantage. Canada outshot the United States 16-10 in the second period and is outshooting the US 28-15 overall in the game. 

Jack Campbell is the lone American player that is playing relatively well in this game, making a few saves that is keeping the US close. The save of the game at this point came after Campbell robbed Sean Couturier on a breakaway. Campbell has made 25 saves overall and 15 in the period. 

For the rest of the American team, the Canadians have been swarming the puck all game and the chances still have not come well. While the team did manage to get 10 shots off in the second period, most of those shots were relatively easy saves for Mark Visentin. 

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WJC 2011, USA Vs. Canada: Ryan Johansson Scores Power Play Goal, Gives Canada 3-0 Lead

The United States is finding themselves in a bigger hole with Ryan Johansson's power play goal in the second period to give Canada a 3-0 lead halfway into the second period. Johansson scored at the 5:59 mark in the second on a five on three powerplay after Charlie Coyle and Patrick Wey found themselves in the penalty box. Canada has the best powerplay in the tournament at 45% heading into the game while the United States penalty kill was at 100%. 

The Americans look like a dejected bunch at the moment compared to the Canadians. Most of the Americans are sitting on the bench while the Canadian team is consistently standing and that extra energy by the Canadians is showing on the ice. 

The Americans need to score the next goal to bring themselves into this game as the only player that is keeping the Americans in this game is goaltender Jack Campbell. 

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2011 WJC: USA Vs. Canada: Canada Takes 2-0 Lead Through First Period

At the conclusion of the first period, Canada has a 2-0 lead over the United States. Goals were scored by Quinton Howden and Curtis Hamilton for Canada. 

The Canadians came to play in the first period, outshooting the Americans 12-5 and outchancing them 5-1. Mark Visentin has not had much work in this game, making only 5 saves while Jack Campbell has 10 saves on 12 shots. Visentin has been the better Canadian goaltender over Olivier Roy with a .963 SV% heading into tonight's matchup while Campbell was the American's starter heading into the tournament. 

This game is far from over as the Canadians and Americans will find the back of the net more often. With the first period under wraps, the Americans can overcome a two goal deficit after they settle their nerves and start finding ways to work the puck into the Canadian zone. The Canadians just need to continue their pace against the Americans and they should be able to cruise to an easy victory. 

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2011 WJC, USA Vs. Canada: Quinton Howden Gives Canada 2-0 Lead In First

If the Canadians had any ill will to how the Gold Medal Game went last year, the Canadians are just beating the Americans up and down the ice at the moment. 

Quinton Howden scored Canada's second goal of the game at 13:54 in the first period on a simple deflection from a Brett Connolly pass. Jack Campbell has been left out to dry on both of the Canadian goals as the American defense has not been spectacular at the moment. 

The Canadians look like the better team at this point, beating the Americans to most loose pucks and swarming the puck really well. Whether it is a bit of nervous energy or the fact that Canada played in a pressure filled game yesterday, the Canadians seem like the team that wants to win the most. If the Americans can survive the first period with a two goal deficit, they should be able to regroup and make this a close game. 

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2011 WJC, USA Vs. Canada: Curtis Hamilton Starts Canada Off Strong With 1-0 Lead

It took exactly 2:38 for the Canadians to strike first against the Americans with Curtis Hamilton scoring the first goal of the game. Hamilton jammed the puck into the net after the first couple of shots were denied by Jack Campbell. Hamilton's goal was assisted by Cody Eakin. 

The American defense looked a little rusty with three Americans standing near Campbell, none of which could clear the puck out of the crease area. Jack Campbell was out of position after making the first handful of shots. 

This game is still early for both Canada and the United States if it plays out anything like last year's Gold Medal game did. A total of 11 goals was scored in that game and the Canadians lead the tournament with 32 goals scored in five games. 

As a brief side note, the Canadian fans have made their presence known early with numerous chants. The Canadians have shown up for most of tournament in large numbers especially for games featuring Canada. 

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2011 WJC: USA Vs. Canada TV information

The United States takes on Canada tonight in a highly anticipated renewal of pleasantries. It's the semifinal round of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship at Buffalo's HSBC Arena.

Since you're not at the arena, where can you see the game?

In the United States, you can catch it live on NHL Network at 7:30 p.m. In Canada, the game is on TSN. Same time, unless you like a lot of Bob McKenzie during pre-game.

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2011 World Junior Hockey Championship, USA Vs. Canada: Bitter Rivals Face Off In Monday Night Semifinal

It's not for the gold medal, but Monday night's semifinal game between Canada and the United States will certainly create another epic chapter in the budding rivalry between the two hockey nations. 

In Buffalo at 7:30 p.m., the U20 teams from each nation will face off for the right to head to the gold medal game of the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. The winner will play Russia, while the loser will head to the bronze medal game against Sweden

The Americans are the defending champions, defeating the Canadians in a stunning overtime duel for gold a year ago in Saskatoon. John Carlson's overtime goal went down as one of the more memorable moments in hockey during 2010, and it was definitely one of the more memorable moments in USA hockey history. 

The Canadians, meanwhile, bested the Americans on the big stage in 2010, winning Olympic Gold. Despite the game being in Buffalo tonight, it will likely be a pro-Canada crowd, and the Americans certainly have a tough task ahead of them. The US hasn't lost in the tournament so far, while Canada's loss to Sweden in pool play set up this meeting in the semifinals.

In goal for the States will be WJC veteran Jack Campbell, a 2010 draft pick of the Dallas Stars. In goal for Canada will be Mark Visentin, who looked shaky at times in Canada's quarterfinal win over Switzerland. 

For more on the tournament, visit Puck Worlds, and follow along here throughout the game as we keep you posted on the results. 

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