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Russia holds off Canada in Challenge Game 3

Tuesday, 14.08.2012 / 4:05 PM / News Articles
NHL.com

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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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