BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Wow, Russia. Woe, Canada.
Artemi Panarin scored twice, and Russia overcame a three-goal deficit in the third period to stun Canada 5-3 in the gold-medal game of the World Junior Championship on Wednesday night.
Yevgeni Kuznetsov had three assists as Russia scored five times in a 16:11 span to win its first gold medal since 2003 -- and 13th overall.
Igor Bobkov proved to be the difference, stopping all 20 shots he faced in replacing Dmitri Shikin, who was yanked after allowing three goals on 18 shots.
Russia ended a five-game losing streak to the Canadians, a stretch that included three losses in gold-medal games.
Brayden Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Ellis and Tri-City American Carter Ashton also scored for Canada, which lost the title game for the second consecutive time after falling to the Americans 6-5 in overtime last year.
Panarin's second goal put the Russians ahead for good with 4:38 left in the third. With Canada bottled up in its own zone, Vladimir Tarasenko circled the net and fed the puck in front, where Panarin squeezed a shot through Mark Visentin's legs.
Panarin and Kitsyn scored 13 seconds apart to cut Canada's lead to 3-2 at the 2:46 mark of the third period. Tarasenko tied it 4:33 later by one-timing a shot from the right circle.
Earlier, Chris Kreider scored twice, leading the United States to a 4-2 win over Sweden in the bronze-medal game.