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Russia evens series behind Kapustin hat trick

Monday, 13.08.2012 / 3:56 PM / News Articles
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Russia evens series behind Kapustin hat trick
Karill Kapustin\'s hat trick highlighted Russia\'s 6-3 victory against Canada in the second game of the Canada-Russia Challenge Friday.

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 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 48 17 23 11 40
B. Little 48 18 20 11 38
B. Wheeler 48 13 23 12 36
D. Byfuglien 48 12 19 9 31
M. Perreault 45 15 14 3 29
M. Frolik 48 10 16 8 26
M. Scheifele 48 7 19 6 26
E. Kane 33 10 9 4 19
A. Lowry 47 5 8 1 13
J. Trouba 32 4 9 4 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 14 4 2 .935 1.90
O. Pavelec 12 10 6 .913 2.47
 
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