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Canada golden again in OT thriller

Saturday, 01.5.2008 / 5:45 PM ET / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Canada golden again in OT thriller
The drive for five is very much alive.

And Canada will bring its bid for a record tying triumph to Ottawa and Scotiabank Place in 2009.

Matt Halischuk’s goal 3:36 into sudden-death overtime allowed Canada to edge Sweden 3-2 in a gold-medal game thriller at the 2008 IIHF world junior hockey championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Canada carried a 2-0 lead into the third period but Sweden roared back for a pair of goals in the third period, including the tying tally with 38 seconds left in regulation time. It mirrored a Swedish rally just a week ago that produced a 4-3 triumph and ended Canada’s record 20-game WJC winning streak.

But the boys in red and white got much more than even this time in the extra session, giving Canada four straight golds at the world juniors. Canada won five straight titles from 1993-97, a standard it will try to equal at the 2009 tourney in Ottawa.

Canada and Sweden last met in a world junior final at the 1996 tourney in Boston. That Canadian team, which included Ottawa Senators defencemen Wade Redden and Chris Phillips, prevailed by a 4-1 count. It also marked a fourth straight gold for the Canadians.

Even just under a year away, world junior fever is already gripping the nation’s capital.
Tournament organizers announced Saturday that all gold and silver ticket packages for the event have been sold out, meaning all seats in the 100 and 200 level at Scotiabank Place and all seats at the Ottawa Civic Centre have been taken off the market.

In all, nearly 11,500 ticket packages have been sold for the tournament. That represents a total of 320,000 tickets, and the host committee projects that number will surpass 400,000 for the event, which includes 17 games at Scotiabank Place and 14 at the Civic Centre.

Bronze 17-game ticket packages, which include all Team Canada and medal-round games at Scotiabank Place, are still available for $750 in the 300 level. They can be obtained by calling 613-599-FANS (3267), 1-877-788-FANS (3267), at the Senators box office or at www.capitaltickets.ca.

Read more about Saturday's gold-medal victory here.



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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49