Canada Cruises; Radulov, Russia Edge USA Late
’s shot with 1:47 remaining in regulation deflected off Konstantin Gorovikov for the game-winning goal as Russia edged Team USA 3-2 in Semifinals of the 2009 World Championships.
After a scoreless first period the teams traded goals throughout the second period. Colin Wilson
’s forecheck led to Dustin Brown’s unassisted goal 3:46 into the period to put the US up 1-0. Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Frolov scored 3:05 apart in the middle of the period to give the Russians a 2-1 lead. Kyle Okposo converted a back-door play late in the period to even the score.
The game remained tied until Russia drew a power-play opportunity with 3:29 remaining in regulation. With the man advantage, Radulov came off the side boards and snapped a shot from the top of the right wing faceoff circle which nicked Gorovikov setting a screen in front and deflected inside the near post.
In the other semifinal, Derek Roy scored a pair of goals as Team Canada built a 3-0 lead midway through the second period and cruised to a 3-1 win over Sweden. Roy gave Canada a 1-0 lead just 6:51 into the game and the Canadians added two more scores 45 seconds apart in the middle of the second period.
Sweden broke up Dwayne Roloson’s shutout bid 6:14 into the third period on Loui Eriksson’s second goal of the tournament.
Canada and Russia will meet in the Gold Medal game for the second consecutive year, while USA and Sweden will face off in the Bronze Medal game, the third consecutive Bronze Medal game appearance for the Swedes. Both games will take place on Sunday (May 10). Click here for the Predators World Championships homepage