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Sergachev records three points in Russia's win

The defenseman scored a goal and added two assists to help the Russians advance to the semifinals

by Bryan Burns /

Tampa Bay Lightning blueliner Mikhail Sergachev scored a goal and added two assists to help lead Russia past the United States 4-3 in a quarterfinal matchup at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Sergachev had a hand in Russia's opening goal just 1:07 into the contest, his shot above the circles slowed down by U.S.A. netminder Cory Schneider and slammed into goal from inches away by Nikita Gusev for the early 1-0 lead. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov added the second assist on Gusev's opener.

Sergachev put Russia in front 2-0 at 15:47 of the first period after hammering a slap shot from the blue line that took a deflection past Schneider. Sergachev's goal was his first of the tournament.

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Sergachev provided his second assist and third point of the game on Russia's game-winner, the 20 year old intercepting a pass at center ice and firing ahead to Gusev for a 2-on-1 that Kirill Kaprizov capped off.

Sergachev now has six points (goal, 5 assists) in eight games.

Kucherov is averaging two points a game for the tournament with 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) through eight contests, tied for second most among all skaters and first on Russia.

Bolts goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up his sixth win in six starts for Russia after stopping 29-of-32 shots in the one-goal victory. The United States pulled to within a goal on three separate occasions - 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 with 2:50 remaining - but Vasilevskiy, who owns a .938 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average for the tourney, kept the Americans from leveling the score.

Russia will take on Finland in the semifinal round after the Fins knocked off two-time defending champion Sweden 5-4 in overtime.

Young forwards Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph will join their Lightning teammates Sergachev, Kucherov and Vasilevskiy in the semis following Canada's dramatic 3-2 overtime victory against Switzerland in Kosice, Slovakia.

Canada rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, Damon Severson scoring with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation before Mark Stone tallied the second of his two goals 5:07 into overtime to send the Canadians on to the next round to face the Czech Republic.

Cirelli was on the ice for 19:06, fourth highest time on ice among Canada forwards. Joseph took one shot in 12:34 of action.

Bolts Ondrej Palat and Jan Rutta will move on to the semis as well after the Czechs pulled away from Germany 5-1 in Bratislava.

Palat netted his first goal of the tournament and recorded his second point when he scored with 6:52 remaining for the Czech's fourth goal, part of a four-goal explosion in the third to turn a 1-1 tie game going into the final period into a runaway victory.

The semifinal games - Russia vs. Finland and Canada vs. Czech Republic - will take place Saturday at Bratislava's Ondrej Nepela Arena.

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