Canada powers past Russia 5-4 in overtime, advances to IIHF World Championship 2018 semifinals

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Canada powers past Russia 5-4 in overtime, advances to IIHF World Championship 2018 semifinals

Ryan O'Reilly scored the overtime game-winner to lead Canada past Russia in the quarterfinals.

Ryan O'Reilly scored the overtime game-winner to lead Canada past Russia in the quarterfinals.

There won't be Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin  or Ilya Kovalhcuk playing, but still a pretty intense rivalry with a lot on the line when Canada and Russia write the next chapter of their international hockey rivalry on Thursday.

The two global hockey powers will meet in the quarterfinal round of the 2018 IIHF World Championship Thursday morning, in Denmark. The matchup was set after Russia finished second in group play, and Canada third, with the two teams each scoring 32 goals in seven pool play games.

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While some of the country's respective biggest stars are not in Denmark for the tournament, the game will still be ripe with big names, like Connor McDavid and Jaden Schwartz for Canada, and Pavel Datsyuk and Artem Anisimov for the Russians.

Canada has gotten the better of Russia lately in elimination games, defeating their rivals in the semifinal of the 2017 World Championship, and also in the semifinals of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Sporting News will provide live updates throughout the game (all times Eastern).


12:42 McDavid to O'Reilly, deflection in front, a power play goal at 4:57. Canada wins 5-4

12:41 Shesterkin with pair of saves on Ryan O'Reilly in tight. Canada still on PP.

12:38 Canada to the power play in OT. They are 2-for-3 on PP  today. Kirill Kaprizov slashes Darnell Nurse.

12:37 Aaron Ekblad turnover in offensive zone leads to Russian rush the other way. Kuemper the save.

12:34 Ten-minute sudden death overtime, skating 4-on-4, underway.

Third Period

12:31 Heading to overtime in Copenhagen. Game Tied 4-4

12:20 Artem Anisimov on the backhand at 14:34, this one is tied again. What a game. Anisimov's third goal is assisted by Mikhail Grigorenko and Zaitsev. Game Tied 4-4

12:19 Pierre-Luc Dubois gives Canada another one-goal lead on delayed penalty at 12:36. His third goal is assisted by Tyson Jost. Canada leads 4-3

12:17 Schwartz heads to dressing room, arm hanging by his side

12:16 Jaden Schwartz goes hard into the boards, shaken up, holding arm, heads to bench.

12:14 Mathew Barzal with the steal  and breaks in, but denied by Shesterkin.

12:10 Again, Russia answers. Sergei Andronov ties it at 8:44, deflecting a Zaitsev shot past Kuemper. Also assisted by Nikita Soshnikov. Game Tied 3-3

12:08 Kyle Turris from Jaden Schwartz off the rush at 7:11. Turris keeps shot along the ice and through the five-hole. Canada leads 3-2

12:01 Parayko in deep, his chance denied by Shesterkin's pad

11:59 McDavid with good scoring chance early in third. Still tied.

11:55 Third period is underway.

Second Period

11:40 Horn sounds, and we are set up for an exciting finish. Shots are 21-19 Canada, though 15-9 Russia in second period. Game Tied 2-2

11:35 Russia ties it. Alexander Barabanov scores during delayed penalty, assisted by Evgeny Dadanov, at 17:32. His fourth of the tourney is a one-timer from the slot. Game Tied 2-2

11:33 Nothing doing for Russia on its first power play. Canadian special teams the difference in this game, so far.

11:30 Canada's Joel Edmundson sent off for holding minor at 14:08. Key moment in today's game right here with first Russian power play.

11:26 Russia answers right back and it's a one-goal game again. Ilya Mikheyev even strength goal at 12:53. That's the third goal for the KHL forward, this one assisted by Artem Anisimov and Nikita Zaitsev. Canada leads 2-1

11:24 Another power play goal  for Canada. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with his fifth of the tournament at 11:51, a neat finish from left wing. McDavid and Parayko assist. Canada leads 2-0

11:23 Third Canadian power play coming up

11:22 Halfway through the game, Canada clinging to one-goal lead. Also, Team Canada has yet to take a penalty in this one.

11:19 As expected, after a lackluster first period, Russia  much better here in second, generating more chances. Kuemper has been up to the challenge to this point for Canada.

11:18 Dadanov with aggressive move on wraparound, but Kuemper holds his ground, makes the save.

11:06 Puck dropped and away we go with the start of period number two.

First Period

10:50 Horn sounds, a strong first period for Canada comes to an end. Russia looks to regroup. Canada leads 1-0

10:48 There's a good scoring chance for Russia, and a key stop by Kuemper.

10:47 It's all Canada, so far, here in first period. Canada controlling the puck, dictating the play, leading 12-4 in shots -- but only up a goal.

10:40 Canada with excellent pressure, but Russia kills off the penalty. Solid start to this one for Canada.

10:36 Second power play coming up for Canada at 11:36. Russia caught with too many men on the ice.

10:26 Parayko has been terrific at both ends of the ice in this tournament. He now has three goals -- two on the power play. McDavid with ninth assist, now has team-high 14 points.

10:25 and Canada capitalizes! Colton Parayko with the power play goal at 4:45, assisted by Connor McDavid and Jordan Eberle. A bomb of a slap shot which beat Shesterkin glove side. Canada leads 1-0

10:22 Canada draws the game's first power play at 2:55

10:15 The 2018 IIHF World Championship quarterfinals are underway. Canada and Russia with the winner to take on the winner of Finland-Switzerland in the semis.


Canada's Bo Horvat has 2 goals, 3 assists and 5 poinbts in seven games, so far.

Here's a look at how Canada lines up for Thursday's quarterfinal match

It looks like New York Rangers goaltending prospect Igor Shesterkin will start for Russia. Likely he'll be opposed by Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper between the pipes for Canada.

Kuemper has started each of the past two games for the Canadians.

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