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Russia holds off Canada in Challenge Game 3

Tuesday, 08.14.2012 / 3:05 PM CT / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 73 44 23 6 207 167 94
5 MIN 74 42 25 7 211 183 91
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 74 40 27 7 217 195 87
10 DAL 74 36 28 10 232 236 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 74 21 40 13 177 254 55
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 75 24 35 11 59
B. Wheeler 73 24 34 24 58
B. Little 65 24 27 10 51
M. Scheifele 75 14 32 10 46
D. Byfuglien 66 16 27 7 43
M. Frolik 75 17 23 4 40
D. Stafford 69 16 24 -14 40
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
J. Tlusty 65 14 15 -18 29
T. Myers 65 7 18 -9 25
 
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O. Pavelec 19 14 7 .919 2.35
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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