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Kucherov scores, Canada cruises past Russia in semi

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Canada's 5-3 win over Russia on Saturday night. @NHL

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and registered an assist, but it wasn't enough as Steven Stamkos' Team Canada secured a spot in the World Cup of Hockey final. 

Sidney Crosby scored once and set up two goals by Brad Marchand, and Team Canadasurvived a scare before grinding out a 5-3 win against Team Russia at Air Canada Center on Saturday.

Stamkos recorded a plius-2 rating on Saturday and played nearly 14 minutes in the win. 

Team Canada will play the winner of the semifinal between Team Sweden and Team Europe in the best-of-3 final that begins Tuesday. That second semifinal is here Sunday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVAS Sports).

Corey Perry and John Tavares scored, and goaltender Carey Price made 31 saves forTeam Canada.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 42 saves for Team Russia.

Crosby scored 7:40 into the first period, stripping defenseman Dmitry Kulikov of the puck and outwaiting Bobrovsky to sweep it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Crosby has opened the scoring in three of Team Canada's four games. His three goals are tied for the tournament lead with teammate Jonathan Toews, and Crosby's seven points are the most.

Toews was used in more of a defensive role Saturday, matched extensively againstTeam Russia's primary scoring threat, Alex Ovechkin, who played 20:15 and had one shot on goal.

After Nikita Kucherov  and Evgeni Kuznetsov scored against the run of play in the second period to give Team Russia a 2-1 lead, Crosby made a brilliant defensive-zone steal and pass to Marchand for a goal and a 2-2 tie at 17:36.

Team Canada has trailed twice in this tournament. Team Russia led for 1:12 Saturday, and Team USA led for 1:29 in the preliminary round before losing 4-2.

Crosby set up Marchand again at 1:16 of the third period, this time for a low, long shot that beat Bobrovsky to the far post for a 3-2 lead.

Perry scored at 5:48 for a 4-2 lead, which Tavares extended to 5-2 at 9:22.

Kucherov's goal at 8:47 came on Team Russia's first shot of the second period. Kuznetsov's goal, which he scored by swatting a rebound off Price's leg pad into the net, came at 16:24 and was the third shot of the period.

Artemi Panarin scored at 19:53 to make it 5-3.

Pavel Datsyuk, the No. 1 center for Team Russia in the first two games, did not play Saturday because of injury. He also missed the 3-0 win against Team Finland on Thursday. Russia dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

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