Helsinki, Finland (Sports Network) - Michal Handzus scored a power-play goal
late in the third period to lift Slovakia to a 4-3 victory over Canada in the
opening quarterfinal game of the 2012 World Championship.
Ryan Getzlaf took a major kneeing penalty with 2:32 remaining in regulation to
leave Canada a man short and it took the Slovaks just four seconds to snap a
Slovakia won the offensive-zone draw and Andrej Sekera ripped a shot from the
left point. Handzus, directly in front of Canadian goaltender Cam Ward, made a
neat deflection over the netminder's right shoulder for the winner.
The Slovaks also received goals from Tomas Kopecky, Miroslav Satan and Milan
Bartovic, while Jan Laco stopped 33 shots in the victory. Slovakia will next
face the winner between Sweden and the Czech Republic in the semifinals.
Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals for the third straight year.
Evander Kane, Jeff Skinner and Alexandre Burrows scored for the Canadians, who
held a 3-2 lead in the third period. Ward finished with 24 saves.
After Kopecky and Satan gave Slovakia a 2-0 lead with goals in the first 9:14
of the contest, Kane scored late in the first and Skinner added a power-play
goal 6 1/2 minutes into the second to tie the game. Burrows put Canada ahead
with 2:17 left in the middle stanza, but the Slovaks tied it with just 6:35 to
play in the third when Bartovic beat Ward with a wrister from the right
In Stockholm, the undefeated Russians used a three-goal third period to subdue
the upstart Norwegians, 5-2.
Alexei Yemelin broke a 2-2 tie 55 seconds into the third, taking a feed from
Pavel Datsyuk and beating Norway's Lars Haugen over the glove hand. Nikolai
Zherdev tipped in a Yevgeni Biryukov point shot to make it 4-2 at 10:43 and
captain Ilya Nikulin added a power-play goal with 5:08 to play.
Russian Alex Ovechkin made his tournament debut and opened the scoring 7:26
into the contest. Ovechkin arrived in Sweden after the NHL's Washington
Capitals were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the second round of the
The Norwegians pulled even on a goal by Per-Age Skroder, but Russia went back
in front later in the first period when Alexander Popov fired a shot past
Patrick Thoresen, the leading scorer in the preliminary round with six goals
and 16 points, tied it 28 seconds into the middle stanza on a Norway power
Semyon Varlamov made 19 saves for the Russians, who will play either the
United States or Finland in the semifinals.
Haugen recorded 40 saves in defeat.
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