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Golden Knights Abroad Reach Men's Worlds Semifinals

VGK players in IIHF Men's World Championship advance

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The IIHF Men's World Championship has reached the semifinals and all four Vegas Golden Knights players in the tournament are still vying for the gold medal.

Thursday, forward Nikita Gusev recorded one goal and two assists to power Russia to a 4-3 win against the United States in the quarterfinals. On the other side of the bracket, Mark Stone posted three points of his own as Canada pulled off a dramatic 3-2 win against Switzerland to advance to the next round.

After Stone scored a second-period goal, he and Jonathan Marchessault helped pull the puck out of a scramble in front of the Swiss net as Canada trailed, 2-1, in the dying seconds of the game. Stone made a pass to New Jersey's Damon Severson who snuck a shot through Switzerland's goaltender to level the score with less than one second left. Stone ended the game in overtime as he redirected a pass from Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois into the cage and Canada emerged with a 3-2 win.

In Russia's game against the Americans, Gusev opened the scoring just 1:07 into the game with his fourth goal of the tournament. During a power play later in the period, Gusev dished to Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev who fired home Russia's second goal of the game.

Early in the third period, Gusev stormed into the zone with Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov, made a no-look pass across the ice, and celebrated as Kucherov gave Russia a 3-1 lead.

Gusev ranks fourth in the tournament in scoring with 15 points (4G, 11A) and sits just one point back of Kucherov (6G, 10A) for the team lead. Stone is tied atop Canada's scoring chart with Detroit forward Anthony Mantha with 12 points (7G, 5A) through eight games for Canada. Marchessault has notched nine points (3G, 6A) during the tournament and defenseman Shea Theodore has collected six points (1G, 5A).

Russia will face Finland at 6:15 a.m. PT Saturday before Canada takes on the Czech Republic at 10:15 a.m. PT with the winners of each game advancing to the gold medal game Sunday at 11:15 a.m. PT.

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