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The Canadian juniors after a crushing meltdown to Russia in the gold medal final. Photo: Andrew Wallace/Toronto Star

So, we lost, it is just a game after all.

The collapse of our Canadian juniors in the world junior gold medal match against a determined and skilled Russian team is unfortunate but it is not a disgrace or embarrassment. The team blew a 3-0 lead in the third period and ended up losing 5-3.

So, we lost, it is just a game after all.

What the Russians managed to do in the tournament was remarkable. Not once. Not twice. But THREE TIMES they came from behind to win. Against the Finns in the quarterfinals. Against the Swedes in the semi-finals. Against us good ole Canuck puckheads in the finals.

So, we lost, it is just a game after all.

They are kids playing a kids game and different from the professionals playing a kids game in the NHL that we deify and demonize from week to week, game to game. So Canada choked, it is better for the tournament to have such added drama…and for other teams to win too.

So, we lost, it is just a game after all.

Canada feels like it’s entitled to win everything that is hockey, that’s ok, but we will not win all the time. Just like Brazil, Italy, England and Germany in soccer, the traditional powers of a sport always expect win. Russia has a long and storied hockey history and was a superpower in the sport for a long time. No shame in losing to them.

So, we lost, it is just a game after all.

Remember, we were not expected to win these world juniors, even with 15 first rounds draft picks in our lineup and we avenged our loss last year to the Americans enroute to this gold medal final. We do not own the copyright on playing with heart and coming from behind to win in hockey and that is a valuable lesson we learned in this tournament, one we should carry beyond the rink- some may say that it is golden.

So, we lost, it is just a game after all.

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