Canadian juniors feel the disappointment of loss, seek to learn its lessons


HELSINKI — Mackenzie Blackwood’s face was red as the maple leaf on his jersey as he walked into the mixed zone and faced a crush of reporters.

He looked equal parts pissed off and embarrassed, fighting both tears and an urge to say something he might regret. Moments earlier, the Canadian goaltender had allowed six goals en route to a 6-5 quarter-final loss to Finland, which sent the team to its worst finish at the world junior championship in nearly 20 years.

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