It was an uneasy start for Canada in their customary Boxing Day opening match at the World Junior Hockey Championship.
But powered by a lethal man advantage and a steadying improvement in net from Olivier Roy, Canada eventually took control of their game against Russia and won going away in a 6-3 decision.
"I was pretty stressed to start," said Roy, who surrendered the first goal of the game early in the first period. "It was my first real game with that (Canadian) jersey on and it was pretty special. After the first period, after the first 10 minutes I think I was more comfortable out there. As the game was going on, I was better in my net."
Canada scored three times in five chances - including a pair of powerplay markers in the third period to break a 3-3 tie and finish the game much stronger than they had started.