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Kovalchuk nets goal, assist as Russia tops U.S.

Tuesday, 05.7.2013 / 4:13 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Kovalchuk nets goal, assist as Russia tops U.S.


Ilya Kovalchuk
tallied a goal and assist as Russia improved to 3-0 at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki with a 5-3 win over the United States on Tuesday.

Yevgeni Medvedev broke a 3-3 tie with 6:25 remaining in regulation for the Russians, who rallied from deficits of 2-1 and 3-2.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 19 of 22 shots to improve to 2-0. Ben Bishop (2-1) finished with 25 saves.

After Paul Stastny scored twice to stake the U.S. to a 2-1 first-period lead, Kovalchuk tied the contest at 2 with his fifth goal of the tournament. In the third, he set up Alexander Radulov's power-play tally that made it 5-3 with 4:33 to go.

Matt Hunwick had the other goal for Team USA. Anton Belov and Alexei Tereshenko also scored for Russia.

Kovalchuk (5g-2a) has recorded three straight multi-point games to start the tournament and has five goals on just nine shots. He played left wing on a line centered by Devils teammate Andrei Loktionov, who went for 7-for-19 on faceoffs and was a plus-1.

Ryan Carter and Stephen Gionta skated on a U.S. trio centered by Nate Thompson. Carter posted one shot, while Stephen Gionta went 1-for-1 on draws.

Team USA continues the preliminary round Wednesday against Finland. Russia faces France on Thursday.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59