Jonathan Bernier is suddenly a very big part of the IIHF World Championships. Bernier, named to Canada’s roster after the Kings were eliminated from the playoffs, watched the first couple games from the bench but has performed well since and will get the start Thursday when Canada plays Russia in a quarterfinal game. The winner of that game will play either Finland or Norway in Friday’s semifinals, with the gold- and bronze-medal games to be played Sunday.
The United States’ journey ended Wednesday with a 4-0 quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic. Jack Johnson did not record a point in the game, but became part of its storyline with a big hit on Patrik Elias. Johnson finished the tournament with one goal and two assists in seven games.