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Russia evens series behind Kapustin hat trick

Monday, 13.08.2012 / 3:56 PM / News Articles
NHL.com

Kirill Kapustin's hat trick highlighted Russia's 6-3 victory against Canada in the second game of the Canada-Russia Challenge Friday at Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl, Russia.

The four-game series between each country's top junior players is now even at 1-1. Games 3 and 4 will take place in Halifax, N.S., on Monday and Tuesday. Canada won the first game of the challenge, 3-2 on Thursday.

After a scoreless first period, Russia scored twice in the first 3:43 of the second period. Anton Zlobin delivered a power-play goal at the 38-second mark and Kapustin's first of the game a little more than three minutes later was also a power-play goal that put Russia ahead 2-0.

"Any time we seemed to get close we seemed to take a penalty," Canada coach Steve Spott said, according to The Canadian Press.

Ty Rattie cut the lead to 2-1 at 6:21 of the period. The goal by Rattie, who is part of the St. Louis Blues organization, was assisted by Sean Monahan.

Kapustin struck again with 6:09 left in the period with a shorthanded goal to restore Russia's two-goal lead.

Morgan Rielly, the first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, pulled Canada to within 3-2 at 6:55 of the third period. But Maxim Shalunov and Kapustin scored about six minutes apart to put the game away.

"We knew that if we took poor penalties and were soft with our discipline we were going to allow them to stay in the game. Ultimately, for me, that was the difference in the game," Spott said.

New York Islanders property Ryan Strome gave Canada some hope by cutting the lead to 5-3, but Shalunov scored his second goal of the game into an empty net with 2:04 remaining to seal the win for Russia.

The Canada-Russia Challenge is not only a recognition of the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series between the countries, it is also a fundraiser; part of the proceeds from the games held in Yaroslavl will go to the families of the victims of the Lokomotiv air tragedy last September.

Kapustin plays with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

"It was very emotional," Spott said. "The crowd was in it. I can tell you the fans here in Yaroslavl have been outstanding."

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01