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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 / 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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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