Hockey fans react to Canada's worst-ever loss at the World Juniors

Dec 28 2019, 1:14 pm

Ouch.

Saturday’s loss against Russia wasn’t just a blowout, it was the biggest loss Canada has ever suffered at the World Juniors, losing 6-0 to Russia in the second game of the tournament.

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Russia jumped on a sluggish Canadian team early with their first goal coming less than two minutes into the contest.

The play appeared to have been offside, but coach Dale Hunter chose not to challenge the play. It’s hard to argue a challenge would have made much difference though, as the Russians seemed much more engaged and held a 3-0 lead after the first period.

Canada was able to overcome a poor start against the USA on Thursday, but against Russia they only saw themselves fall deeper into the hole.

By the end of the second, Canada was trailing 6-0.

Making matters worse for Canada was the injury that forced their best player, Alexis Lafreniere, to leave the game in the second period and puts the remainder of his tournament in jeopardy.

On top of it being their biggest lost ever, it was also the first time Canada has been shut out in a World Juniors game since 1998 against Slovakia (a 0-0 tie).

For a perennial powerhouse like Canada, losses like this one are so unexpected and embarrassing, and many fans took the social media to voice their displeasure with the team.

The good news is there’s still plenty of time for Canada to turn things around. Their next game is against Germany on Monday at 9 am ET / 6 am PT on TSN.