Boston Bruins' Prospects at the WJC: Anthony Camara Escaping Suspension?

Al DanielCorrespondent IIDecember 28, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Anthony Camara #75 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during a rookie game exhibition at Nassau Coliseum on September 12, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 8-5.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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In the wake of his Canadian team’s 6-3 triumph over Slovakia early Friday, Boston Bruins prospect Anthony Camara generated headlines for a less-than-savory reason. With that said, it appears it could have been worse after Camara incurred a game misconduct for injuriously belting opposing blueliner Patrik Luza six minutes and 21 seconds into the second period.

In the hours since the conclusion of Friday’s contest, Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted that the IIHF will not impose any supplemental discipline. The call could easily go either way, as Camara caught Luza with a blindside hit that warranted a less disputable charging major.

Assuming McKenzie’s report holds up, though, that major and ejection for the remainder of Friday’s game will stand as punishment enough for Camara.

Fellow Bruins draftee Matt Grzelcyk of Team USA received less uplifting news as to his World Junior Championships status. After sitting out the Americans’ first two WJC games, the defenseman was released Friday.

Grzelcyk had been serving as a spare blueliner while the U.S. coaching staff waited to determine the availability of an injured player.

Moving on sans Grzelcyk, the Amerks fell short in their second round robin game Friday, dropping a 2-1 decision to Alexander Khokhlachev and the host Russians.

Russia will look to improve to 3-0 in tournament play versus Germany on Saturday. Canada and the U.S. have each had a turn victimizing the Germans already and will face each other in their next respective contest on Sunday.

Reigning Boston first-round draftee Malcolm Subban figures to get the nod once more as he, too, pursues a 3-0 preliminary-round record. Reeling off a 25-save effort in Wednesday’s 9-3 triumph over Germany, Subban repelled identical 25 Slovak shots in Friday’s 6-3 come-from-behind victory.

The Canadians had fallen behind, 2-0, at Friday’s first intermission and faced a 3-1 deficit at the ten minute and 34 second mark of the second period, less than five minutes after Camara was tossed. But they stuck with Subban in net, and he held up his end of the bargain over the remaining 29 minutes and 26 seconds, while his skating mates tallied five unanswered goals.