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Game 3: Russia 6, Canada 5

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders
Team Russia scored early in each period, setting the pace, and eventually won Game 3 in Halifax, NS by a 6-5 margin. With the win, Russia leads the four-game series 2-1.

Unlike in Games 1 and 2, both teams lit the lamp often in the first period. Andrei Sigarev got things going for Russia with a goal at 1:43 of the opening frame. Less than five minutes later, Vladimir Tkachev made it 2-0 on his first tally of the series. Islanders prospect Andrey Pedan earned an assist on the play.

The Canadians battled back, with Ryan Murphy scoring a power play goal at 8:49. Toward the end of the opening period, Ryan Murray followed up his own rebound for his first goal of the tournament, tying the score at 2-2.

Just seven seconds later, Russia went to the power play, and capitalized on the opportunity. Mikhail Naumenkov scored on the man advantage with just over a minute remaining, giving Russia a 3-2 lead heading into the first intermission.

The pace didn't slow down the rest of the night. The Russians were short handed early in the middle frame when Anton Zlobin beat Canada goaltender Laurent Broissoit to make it 4-2. The Canadians countered one minute later, when Islanders prospect Ryan Strome set up Sean Monahan for his second goal of the series. Strome now has two points (one goal, one assist) in the last two games.

Charles Hudon scored for Canada later in the period, and the teams went to the dressing room tied at 4-4.

But Russia went up 5-4 just one minute into the third stanza on Anton Slepyshev's goal. Canada tied it up again at 5-5 on Jonathan Huberdeau's power play marker at 5:43.

Russia took the lead for the fourth and final time on Sigarev's second goal of the game at 13:37. Albert Yarulin got the assist, and Russia held on to the 6-5 lead for the rest of the night, despite several chances for Canada to tie the contest.

The teams will stay in Halifax for the fourth and final game of the Canada-Russia Challenge on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7:00 ET.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

01:43 RUS 12 Andrei Sigarev (15 Sergei Tverdokhlebov)
06:16 RUS 14 Vladimir Tkachev (16 Daniil Romantsev, 2 Andrey Pedan)
08:49 CAN 24 Ryan Murphy (27 Ryan Murray, 19 Mark Scheifele) PP
17:13 CAN 27 Ryan Murray 
18:46 RUS 6 Mikhail Naumenkov (3 Artyom Sergeyev, 10 Nail Yakupov) PP

2nd Period:
04:09 RUS 17 Anton Zlobin (10 Nail Yakupov) SH
05:12 CAN 20 Sean Monahan (18 Ryan Strome)
13:01 CAN 10 Charles Hudon (5 Morgan Rielly, 20 Sean Monahan) PP

3rd Period:
01:01 RUS 11 Anton Slepyshev (7 Nikolai Prokhorkin, 21 Kirill Kapustin) PP
05:43 CAN 11 Jonathan Huberdeau (5 Morgan Rielly, 24 Ryan Murphy) PP
13:37 RUS 12 Andrei Sigarev (5 Albert Yarullin)

Notes: TSN's John Bartlett reported via Twitter that Griffin Reinhart suffered a stinger in his shoulder. Reinhart did not dress for Game 3.

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