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Russia holds off Canada in Challenge Game 3

Tuesday, 14.08.2012 / 4:05 PM / News Articles
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Russia holds off Canada in Challenge Game 3
Russia held off Canada 6-5 Monday night in the third game of their two-continent Challenge series.

Russia held off Canada 6-5 Monday night in the third game of their two-continent Challenge series.

Canada overcame two-goal deficits in the first and second periods, and tied the game in the third period, before Russia's Andrei Sigarev scored the winning goal with 6:23 remaining.

Sigarev had two goals. Canada defenseman Ryan Murphy, a Carolina Hurricanes prospect, had a goal and three assists.

Russia scored twice in the first six minutes before Canada answered with goals by Murphy and Ryan Murray, the No. 2 pick in this year's NHL Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Russia scored twice in the second period before Canada's Sean Monahan and Charles Hudon (Montreal Canadiens) made it 4-4 entering the third.

Anoton Slepyshev and Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) exchanged power-play goals before Sigarev's game winner.

"Playing from behind is not the greatest feeling but it makes you play that much harder," Monahan said, according to the Halifax Chronicle Herald. "The effort was there. But we weren’t capitalizing on all of the chances that we had. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get that last one."

Russian goalie Andrei Makarov made 37 saves. Canada's Laurent Brossoit (Calgary Flames) stopped 21 shots.

"The team needs a goaltender out there and they didn't really have one tonight," Brossoit said, according to TSN. "We needed a couple saves that's the bottom line. Even one more save, put it to OT, just to give the team another chance."

The teams split the first two games of the series played in Yaroslavl, Russia. Monday's game was played in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

"We like to eliminate excuses," Murphy said, according to the newspaper. "We came in a couple of days early and they had to travel as well. It’s not that any team had an advantage or disadvantage. Both teams are equally fatigued or equally rested. There’s no advantage there."

The final game of the four-game set, being held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, will be played Tuesday in Halifax.

Information from Metro Halifax and The Canadian Press was used in this report.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 59 29 18 12 162 152 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 61 30 23 8 171 174 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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