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Toms has goal, two assists as Canada returns to Spengler Cup final

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DAVOS, Switzerland - Jeff Toms had a goal and two assists as defending champion Canada defeated Moscow Dynamo 6-3 on Tuesday to qualify for the Spengler Cup final.

Jean-Guy Trudel, Jay Harrison, Ric Jackman, Martin Kariya and Serge Aubin had the other goals for Canada, which finished atop the five-team standings with a 3-0-1 record.

The Canadians will face Moscow Dynamo in a championship rematch. Despite the loss, the Russian club finished second overall with a 3-1-0 record and had already cemented a spot in the final heading into the contest.

As a result, Dynamo went with backup goalie Mikhail Biriukov against Canada.

Canada's win eliminated host club HC Davos from championship contention. Had Dynamo beat the Canadians, Davos could have earned a berth in the final by downing ERC Ingolstadt in the tournament's final round-robin matchup later Tuesday.

While a win would improve Davos's record to 3-1-0, the Moscow club would earn the tiebreaker based on beating the Swiss squad during the round-robin.

The win was Canada's second straight following a 6-5 shootout loss Saturday to Davos.

Canada took a 2-0 lead in the first on goals from Toms and Trudel, then put the game away by outscoring the Russians 3-1 in the second. Harrison scored to make it 3-0 before Dynamo cut the Canadians' lead to 3-1. However Jackman and Kariya countered to make it a 5-1 score heading into the third.

Aubin put the Canadians ahead 6-1 in the third before Dynamo scored twice late in the period to make it a three-goal game.

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