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