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U.S. downed by Russia in bronze medal game at World Championship

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Keith Kinkaid makes one of his 12 saves in Sunday's bronze medal game. (Photo: Getty Images)

Team USA’s medal quest fell one win shy of bronze.

Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) and Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) each had three points for Russia, which captured the IIHF World Championship bronze medal with a 7-2 win over the United States in Moscow on Sunday.

Panarin had a goal and two assists, while Datsyuk registered three helpers. Sergey Kalinin had one assist for Russia, which medaled for the ninth time in the last 12 world championships.

The resilient U.S. squad fell behind 4-0 in the second period before narrowing the deficit to 5-2 in the third. The Russians pulled away with two more in the final frame to secure their third straight medal at the worlds.

The U.S., which won bronze last year, was seeking consecutive medals at the worlds for the first time since 1949 and 1950 (bronze, silver).

Starting U.S. goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 12 of 17 shots through 40 minutes and was relieved by Mike Condon (Montreal Canadiens) to start the third period. The United States outshot the Russians, 30-29.

David Warsofsky assisted on both of Frank Vatrano’s (Boston Bruins) goals for the U.S. The Devils defenseman finished the tournament with five points (1g-4a) in 10 games, including one goal and three assists over his final four contests.

Coach John Hynes’ scrappy group qualified for the playoffs by gaining a point in an overtime loss to Slovakia in the preliminary round finale. Next came an upset shootout win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal, followed by a one-goal loss to Canada in the semifinal.

• Devils forward prospect Miles Wood had 10:18 of ice time on Sunday and finished the tournament with one goal in 10 games. Defenseman Steven Santini had 5:07 of ice time and totaled six shots in 10 games at the tournament.

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