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.
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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.