World Juniors: Sweden Swats Away Chippy Canadians
In events like this, pool play for the contenders is as much about setting the tone as it is positioning for the brackets.
Against the Tre Kronor, Team Canada failed on both counts.
Not only did their 5-3 loss confirm their third-place finish in Pool A and a hostile crowd awaiting in the quarters against host Finland, they way they lost was totally tone deaf.
The Swiss went physical against Sweden to the tune of getting three of its players suspended. All they did was get blown out. So, what were the Canadians thinking?
Dudes, it's all fluff in the international game if the other team isn't intimidated.
Frankly, what it did was put 17-year-old Alexander Nylander in the spotlight again:
That scenario got yadda yadda'd into three Swedish power play goals during the course of the game. Toss in an empty-netter, and Tre Kronorna are sitting pretty while Canada's still looking for answers.
If they find them and get past the Finns, the semi-finals on Sat 2 Jan will definitely be destination viewing: