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Worlds: Russia defeats United States to win bronze

Panarin, Datsyuk lead host nation to 7-2 victory

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Sergei Mozyakin and Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks) each had two goals and an assist leading Russia to a 7-2 win against the United States in the bronze-medal game at the 2016 IIHF World Championship at Ice Palace in Moscow on Sunday.

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings) had three assists, and Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) made 28 saves. Russia earns a medal at the World Championship for the third straight year but felt it underachieved by not reaching the gold-medal game.

"I've got mixed feelings about the tournament," Bobrovsky told the IIHF website. "We were under a lot of pressure, and there was great expectation around us. It feels like we lost even though we came out with a medal."

Vadim Shipachyov had a goal and an assist for Russia, finishing with a tournament-best 18 points.

"It would have been a good performance if we had won the cup," Shipachyov said. "But we didn't, so I can only say I've had an OK tournament."

Frank Vatrano (Boston Bruins) scored twice for the United States and David Warsofsky (New Jersey Devils) had two assists. Goalie Keith Kinkaid (Devils) allowed five goals on 17 shots in two periods before being replaced by Mike Condon (Montreal Canadiens), who made 10 saves.

The Americans suffered a 4-3 loss to Canada in the semifinals Saturday and felt a hangover from that defeat in the bronze medal game Sunday.

"We had the late game last night," said U.S. forward Dylan Larkin (Red Wings). "It's a quick turnaround, and then the emotions of losing a close one to Canada last night, and then [Russia] came out and played a good game in front of the home crowd. It hurts. It's very disappointing."

Russia scored the first four goals, including Slava Voynov's even-strength goal at 6:23 in the first period. Mozyakin scored on the power play from Datsyuk and Dmitry Orlov (Washington Capitals) at 13:41 to make it 2-0.

Ivan Telegin and Evgeni Dadonov scored early in the second, but Vatrano's power-play goal at 14:29 cut Russia's lead to 4-1. But 53 seconds later, Panarin buried a rebound on Anton Belov's initial shot, making it 5-1.

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