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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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Ladd 77 24 37 11 61
B. Wheeler 75 25 34 24 59
B. Little 66 24 27 9 51
M. Scheifele 77 14 32 8 46
D. Byfuglien 68 18 27 5 45
M. Frolik 77 17 23 3 40
M. Perreault 58 18 19 4 37
A. Lowry 75 10 12 -2 22
T. Enstrom 58 4 18 7 22
J. Trouba 61 7 14 4 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
O. Pavelec 19 16 7 .916 2.41
M. Hutchinson 20 10 5 .913 2.43
 
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