and Team Canada were eliminated from the 2011 IIHF World Championships with a 2-1 loss to Russia in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Bratislava, Slovakia.
After Canada took a 1-0 lead just over five minutes into the second period off a Jason Spezza tally, the Russians staged a late comeback to earn the victory and a berth in the semifinals. Alexei Kaigorodov scored a shorthanded goal to even the score at 1-1 before Ilya Kovalchuk netted the game-winner with 7:41 left in the contest.
Neal finished the tournament with five points (2G-3A) in six games, two of those contests being multiple-point efforts and one of those tallies being the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over Norway on May 7.RELATED: Michalek Advances to World Semifinals >>
This was Neal's second-career appearance in the tournament for Team Canada, as he also suited up for his native country in 2009, scoring a goal and two assists in three games.
While Neal's run at the World Championships has ended, Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek
and the Czech Republic still have a chance to defend their title after their 4-0 quarterfinal win over the United States on Wednesday.
The Czech Republic will face Sweden on Friday to kick off semifinal action.RELATED: Another Big Night for Neal >>