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Drouin gives Canada 3-1 lead after two periods

Monday, 12.31.2012 / 10:36 AM | Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Jonathan Drouin continued his outstanding play, scoring the lone goal of the second period to give Canada a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes in its preliminary round final against Russia.

The winner of the game claims first place in Group B and earns a bye into the semifinals, while the loser finishes second in the group and plays Switzerland in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Drouin, promoted to the top line for the game by coach Steve Spott (ED NOTE: link to http://www.nhl.com/ice/blogpost.htm?id=12477), went behind the net and was in the right place when a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shot went wide of the net and onto the back wall. Drouin jumped on the puck, went behind the Russia net and stuffed the puck inside the post before Russia goalie Andrey Makarov could get into place.

Canada survived a pair of shorthanded situations when Nathan MacKinnon went to the penalty box early for a hit from behind and later in the period for high sticking. Canada also had a pair of power plays, and will start the third period with 45 seconds of a man advantage after Daniil Zharkov was sent off for tripping at 18:45 of the period.

More after the third period.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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