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Canada juniors win gold; U.S. loses bronze in OT

Canada won the World Junior Hockey Championships for the first time since 1997, routing Russia 6-1 Tuesday night for its 11th overall title.

The Czech Republic defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime to claim the bronze medal.

Jeff Carter and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and two assists to help the Canadians end a string of three straight runnerup finishes.

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, selected the outstanding player of the tournament, added a power-play goal and an assist in the most lopsided title game since the tournament switched to a bracket format in 1996.

Canada outscored opponents 41-7 in six games.

In the third-place game, Petr Vrana scored at 2:38 of overtime for the Czechs. That kept the United States, the defending champion, from winning consecutive medals for the first time.

Vrana, a second-round pick of the New Jersey Devils, skated around Jeff Likens and moved in on goal. With the U.S. defenseman pestering him from behind, Vrana managed a soft shot that went through Al Montoya's legs.

Michael Frolik put the Czechs up 2-1 in the second and Drew Stafford countered on a power play for the Americans.

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