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Price backstops Canada to World Cup of Hockey final

Team Canada will face the winner of Team Europe and Team Sweden semi-final matchup on Sunday

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

Carey Price turned aside 31 shots in Team Canada's 5-3 semi-final victory over Team Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto on Saturday night.

With the victory, Mike Babcock's contingent advanced to the best-of-three final against the winner of Sunday afternoon's matchup between Team Europe and Team Sweden. The final will get underway on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Sidney Crosby opened the scoring for Team Canada with the lone tally in the first period, before Nikita Kucherov and Evgeny Kuznetsov managed to put the puck past Price in the middle frame to give the Russians a 2-1 lead. Brad Marchand levelled the score just 72 seconds after Kuznetsov found the back of the net, though, so the two teams went to their respective dressing rooms tied at two goals apiece.

It was all Team Canada in the third period as Marchand scored again just 76 seconds into the frame, before Corey Perry and John Tavares bested goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at the 5:48 and 9:22 marks, respectively, for a 5-2 advantage.

Artemi Panarin capped the scoring for the Russians with a goal with just nine seconds remaining in regulation time.

For his part, defenseman Shea Weber was Team Canada`s most utilized player, logging 22:41 of ice time on Saturday night. He chipped in with six hits while posting a plus-3 differential.

Defensemen Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin were held off the scoresheet for Team Russia.

 

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