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Suter Leads US to Semifinals

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Ryan Suter and Colin Wilson combined on the game-winning goal as Team USA edged Team Finland 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2009 World Championships, despite a 32-save effort by Pekka Rinne in net for Finland. Suter finished the game with one goal and one assist, sparking a three-goal US out-burst in a 3:48 span of the second period. The US will face Russia, a 4-3 winner in the other quarterfinal, on Friday in the semifinal round.

Finland out-shot the US 20-7 in the first period, but the teams entered the intermission 0-0. The Finns opened the scoring 57 seconds in the second period, but Suter set up Dustin Brown for a power-play goal to tie the score at the 10:31 mark of the middle frame, just two seconds after a five-on-three advantage expired. TJ Oshie put the US ahead with his first goal of the tournament 1:41 later. Suter capped the Team USA flurry at the 14:19 mark on a goal assisted by Jason Blake and Wilson. Finland drew to within one goal with 2:10 left in the second period, but neither team was able to score in the third period.

In the other quarterfinal game, Alexander Radulov picked up a pair of assists as Team Russia erased a pair of one-goal deficits to rally past Team Belarus 4-3. Six of the seven goals came in a wild second period. Belarus took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal 2:39 into the middle frame, followed by a Russian goal 2:39 later. Belarus regained the lead with 6:08 left in the period, but Radulov assisted on two goals 23 seconds apart to put Russia up 3-2 with 2:58 remaining in the period, only to see Belarus convert a five-on-three with 38 seconds left in the second frame. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the only goal of the third period, his fourth goal of the tournament.

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