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WORLDS: Anisimov, Russia knock out USA

Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat saw their tournament end in the quarterfinals

by Austin Siegel / Blackhawks.com

Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat combined for a late third period goal, but the USA fell to Russia 4-3 in the quaterfinals of Worlds. 

 

Russia 4, USA 3 

Artem Anisimov did not find the scoresheet, but Russia knocked off the USA in the quarterfinals of Worlds, hanging on for a 4-3 win in Slovakia. Team USA battled back from an early 3-1 deficit but couldn't overcome the Russians, who remain perfect through their first eight games of the tournament. 

The American contingent of Blackhawks combined for three points in the loss, as Patrick Kane chipped in two assists. The captain's second helper came on Alex DeBrincat's late goal to give the USA a chance in the final minutes. DeBrincat's seventh goal of the tournament came off a classic wait-and-see pass from Kane, who held the puck in the faceoff circle before picking out a perfect pass to the cutting DeBrincat.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: 🚨 😺 @usahockey 's decision to add the extra attacker pays off as Debrincat makes this a 1-goal game against @russiahockey Stay up to the minute with game action with the IIHF App: ��� https://t.co/PDQtNtuJxc������ https://t.co/yImldTg3TU#IIHFWorlds #RUSUSA pic.twitter.com/Iqtv5efQb5

 Despite pulling within one goal after bringing on the extra attacker, the Americans couldn't find the equalizer and exit the tournament in the quarterfinals.

Canada 3, Switzerland 2

Damon Severson's buzzer beater forced overtime as the Canadians pulled off a miraculous escape in a 3-2 OT win over Switzerland.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Severson cuts it close, tying the game with 0.4 seconds left for @HC_Men #CANSUI #IIHFWorldsWatch all the highlights at https://t.co/UN4KhitcC3 pic.twitter.com/GOfxwq9kjB

Before the game-tying goal with 0.4 seconds left, Dylan Strome was held without a point for Canada and Philipp Kurashev did not record a point for the Swiss. 

Finland 5, Sweden 4

Members of the Blackhawks organizations were all over the place in Finland's heartstopping 5-4 OT victory over Sweden on Thursday. Goalie Kevin Lankinen backstopped the Finns to the semifinals and picked up his fifth win of the tournament. After spending time with the Rockford IceHogs and Indy Fuel this season, Lankinen has been one of the best netminders at Worlds.

He helped his own cause against the Swedes, with a primary assist on the game-winning goal in overtime.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Perfect shot that grazed the shoulder of Lundqvist wins it for Manninen and @leijonat #FINSWE #IIHFWorldsWatch all the best highlights on https://t.co/UN4KhitcC3 pic.twitter.com/arOTeEZ4Q7

Erik Gustafsson scored what appeared to be the game-winner for Sweden late in the second period. The Blackhawks defenseman unleashed a blast from the point that shattered the net came and nearly put Sweden into the semifinals.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: #ICYMI Here's the @Trekronorse goal by Gustafsson that destroyed the net cam, and possibly Finland's dreams?#FINSWE #IIHFWorldsWatch the best highlights at https://t.co/UN4KhitcC3 pic.twitter.com/WtSVXoVWpm

Marcus Kruger did not record a point in the loss. 

Czech Republic 5, Germany 1

Dominik Kubalik hasn't played a game for the Blackhawks since being acquired by the organization in 2019, but his performance at Worlds has given Chicago plenty to be excited about. Kubalik scored as part of a big Czech win over Germany to lift his country into the semifinals of the tournament. 

Kubalik uncorked this booming slapshot on a rush for the Czechs as they pulled away from Germany in a big third period. 

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: 🚨 Kubalik sends the puck top shelf and increases @narodnitym 's lead to 3-1 over @deb_teams with 8:19 to go in the 3rd. #IIHFWorlds #CZEGERStay up to the minute with game action with the IIHF App: ��� https://t.co/PDQtNtuJxc������ https://t.co/yImldTg3TU pic.twitter.com/L0Dxca8EM4

He spoked postgame about his highlight reel goal and helping the Czech Republic reach the semis of Worlds. He now has 11 points through eight games in the tournament (5 G, 6 A).

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: Between blind shots and stellar goaltending, @narodnitym 's Kubalik talks about the team's big win. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/avu4Uo4H9T

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