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

Tuesday, 05.07.2013 / 4:13 PM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51