New Year's Day provides a small break in the action during the 2013 World Junior Championship--a well-deserved break for the four Boston Bruins participating in the tournament. Here is a look at the most recent games they played in Ufa, Russia.
Alexander Khokhlachev was part of Russia's big 7-0 shutout win over Germany on Dec. 29. He had two assists and won 62.50 percent of his faceoffs. In the very last game of the preliminary round on New Year's Eve, he and Russia faced Canada, taking a 4-1 loss. Still, Russia has played its way into the quarterfinals, where they will face Switzerland on Jan. 2.
For Canada, Malcolm Subban has continued his big performances in net. He turned away all but one of the 37 shots he saw against America on Dec. 30, helping Canada to a 2-1 win and earning best player of the game honors. Against Russia, he was strong in the blue paint again, keeping out all but one of the 22 shots he faced. He also denied Vladimir Tkachyov on a penalty shot late in the third period to help the game stay at 4-1 and his celebration of that stoppage reminded TSN announcers of his older brother P.K.
Through the first round of play, Subban is among the top goalies in the tournament. He boasts a 2.00 goals-against average, a 93.04 save percentage, has faced 115 shots and allowed only eight, plus he is the only one of the top five goalies to have played every single minute for his team.
On the forward and defense side of Canada's lineup, Anthony Camara assisted on a goal by Ryan Strome when Canada beat America. Dougie Hamilton blasted in a huge power play goal during the Canada-Russia game, too.
Canada took the top spot in Group B play through the round-robin, so they have earned a bye into the semifinals and will await the winner of the USA/Czech Republic quarterfinal game. Canada won't take the ice again until Jan. 3.