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World Hockey Championship: Semifinals

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Finland 3, Russia 1

Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, hosts Russia and Canadiens defensemen Alexei Emelin’s quest for home ice gold came to an end on Saturday in Moscow.

Russia outshot Finland 29-16, but outside of the game’s opening moments, could not solve Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen.

Emelin for his part registered a single shot on goal over 18:18 of ice time, ending the night a -1.

Three unanswered goals from Sebastian Aho (2) and Jussi Jokinen now keep the Finns perfect with nine-straight regulation wins heading into Sunday’s gold medal game.

Canada 4, USA 3

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher opened the scoring for Canada on the way to a nervy 4-3 win against the United States on Saturday.

Gallagher registered a pair of shots over 9:54 of ice time, breaking the ice at 8:59 in the first.

Canada went ahead 2-0 in the opening frame, but the North American rivals would exchange leads before entering the final 20 tied at three apiece.

Ryan Ellis scored the game-winner at 1:34 in the third, as Canada now faces Finland in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon did not play for the United States.

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