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All tied after two

Sunday, 12.26.2010 / 6:07 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 World Junior Championship Blog

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All tied after two
Russia and Canada are all even after two periods here at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, 3-3.

Both teams struck for a pair of goals in the second, with Russia's Daniil Sobchenko connecting off a rebound while his team was working the power play to force the 3-3 tie at the 11:51 mark. Washington Capitals prospect Dmitri Orlov notched his second assist of the game on the play.

Florida Panthers prospect Erik Gudbranson had given Team Canada their second lead, 3-2, at 15:15 of the second when his blast from the point zipped past Igor Bobkov to a thunderous ovation. His defense partner, Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Simon Despres, got the play started when he barreled down the slot before moving the puck to Sean Couturier in the right-wing corner. Couturier, a possible top-three selection in the 2011 Entry Draft, fed Quinton Howden at the right point and Howden slid the puck to Gudbranson.

Canada opened a 2-1 lead 10:35 into the second when team captain Ryan Ellis received a lucky bounce off the end boards. He fired a shot off the end boards that bounced back and hit Bobkov's left skate and went over the goal line. Russia countered just 1:16 later when Nikita Dvurechensky snapped a shot from the right circle that beat Canada goalie Olivier Roy through the legs at 11:51.
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