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With Sportsnet coming off a big year thanks more to the Blue Jays exciting playoff run than their pricey NHL deal, TSN needed a deep run from Team Canada at the World Juniors to get back in the sports network ratings game, Unfortunately, the Canadian junior squad got bounced far earlier than most experts would

They may not have national NHL rights, but TSN still can lay claim to hockey bragging rights. The Bell-owned sports specialty network scored an astounding 5,885,000 overnight, estimated viewers with Monday night’s Gold Medal World Junior Championship game between Canada and Russia. It didn’t hurt that what looked like a blowout turned into a nail biter.

Who’s afraid of the big bad World Junior Hockey Championship Deathstar? Not rival programmers this year. The annual junior shinny tourney used to outdraw Grey Cups and Super Bowls back when Canada was kicking ass. In January of 2010, Canada lost in the finals but an overnight, estimated 5,625,000 watched on TSN. The next year,