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Russia holds off Canada in Challenge Game 3

Monday, 08.13.2012 / 10:13 PM / News

NHL.com

Russia held off Canada 6-5 Monday night in the third game of their two-continent Challenge series.

Canada overcame two-goal deficits in the first and second periods, and tied the game in the third period, before Russia's Andrei Sigarev scored the winning goal with 6:23 remaining.

Sigarev had two goals. Canada defenseman Ryan Murphy, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, had a goal and three assists.

Russia scored twice in the first six minutes before Canada answered with goals by Murphy and Ryan Murray, the No. 2 pick in this year's NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Russia scored twice in the second period before Canada's Sean Monahan and Charles Hudon (Montreal Canadiens) made it 4-4 entering the third.

Anoton Slepyshev and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) exchanged power-play goals before Sigarev's game winner.

"Playing from behind is not the greatest feeling but it makes you play that much harder," Monahan said, according to the Halifax Chronicle Herald. "The effort was there. But we weren’t capitalizing on all of the chances that we had. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get that last one."

Russian goalie Andrei Makarov made 37 saves. Canada's Laurent Brossoit (Calgary Flames) stopped 21 shots.

"The team needs a goaltender out there and they didn't really have one tonight," Brossoit said, according to TSN. "We needed a couple saves that's the bottom line. Even one more save, put it to OT, just to give the team another chance."

The teams split the first two games of the series played in Yaroslavl, Russia. Monday's game was played in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"We like to eliminate excuses," Murphy said, according to the newspaper. "We came in a couple of days early and they had to travel as well. It’s not that any team had an advantage or disadvantage. Both teams are equally fatigued or equally rested. There’s no advantage there."

The final game of the four-game set, being held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, will be played Tuesday in Halifax.

Information from Metro Halifax and The Canadian Press was used in this report.

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