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Tjutin, Russia Reach WJC Gold Medal Game

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Fedor Tjutin, the Rangers' second round choice (40th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, will have a shot at his second consecutive World Junior Championship gold medal as Russia advenced to tomorrow's Gold Medal game vs. Canada with a 4-1 win over Finland. Canada advanced with a 3-2 win over the United States, who will face Finland in tomorrow's Bronze Medal game.

Tjutin, who has notched two assists and eight penalty minutes in five games thus far in the tourney, was a member of last year's Russian gold medal squad, collecting one goal and two penalty minutes in seven games.

The 6-2, 207-pound defenseman has notched one goal and one assist, along with 14 points in nine games with Kazan of the Russian Elite League this season. Tjutin tied for third overall among OHL defensemen in scoring with 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) in 53 games with Guelph last season.
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