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Kovalchuk scores goal, assist in loss to Finland

Leads Russia with 6g-3a in five games

Friday, 05.10.2013 / 4:52 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Kovalchuk scores goal, assist in loss to Finland



Ilya Kovalchuk
potted a goal and an assist, but Russia's rally from a two-goal deficit fell short in Friday's 3-2 loss to host Finland at the IIHF World Championship.

Russia had won 13 in a row at the worlds before their current two-game slide. The defending gold medalists were upset by France on Thursday and are back in action Sunday against Slovakia.

Petri Kontiola scored twice for Finland, which grabbed the lead 3:22 into the first period. Kovalchuk set up Alexander Radulov's power-play goal that tied the contest, 1-1, 3:37 into the second period, but Kontiola would respond to put Finland back on top

Juhamatti Aaltonen's power-play marker at 16:00 of the second gave the Finns a 3-1 lead and held up as the game winner.

Late in regulation, Russia pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker and capitalized when Kovalchuk beat Antti Raanta for his sixth of the tournament with 1:48 to go.

Russia outshot the Finns, 21-3, in the third period, but couldn't solve Raanta for the equalizer. The Finnish netminder finished with 34 saves.

Tempers flared in the dying seconds. Kovalchuk and Finland's Janne Pesonen each received five minutes for roughing and a game misconduct with three seconds on the clock.

Kovalchuk has been an offensive force at this year's worlds, collecting nine points (6g-3a) in five games. He leads the Russians in goals, points, plus-minus (7), and penalty minutes (25).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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