Helsinki, Finland (Sports Network) - Paul Stastny scored twice and added a
pair of assists to lift the United States to an 8-3 rout of Russia in the
quarterfinals of the 2013 World Hockey Championship.
Craig Smith assisted on five of the eight U.S. goals and John Gibson made 31
saves. The Americans will meet the winner between Switzerland and the Czech
Republic in Saturday's semifinals.
T.J. Oshie, Nate Thompson, Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan Carter, Jacob Trouba and
David Moss also scored for the United States, which never trailed and avenged
a loss to Russia during round-robin play.
Alex Ovechkin joined the Russian team after his Washington Capitals were
beaten in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and notched a goal and
an assist. The two points were as many as he scored in the seven-game playoff
loss to the New York Rangers.
Alexander Svitov and Alexander Perezhogin also scored for Russia, which won
last year's world title. Ilya Bryzgalov started in net for the Russians and
was yanked after allowing four goals on 20 shots. Semyon Varlamov was no
better, yielding four goals on just 11 shots in nearly 22 minutes.
Stastny and Oshie scored just 50 seconds apart midway through the first period
to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead and Svitov answered for Russia with 4 1/2 minutes
left in the opening stanza. Thompson and Galchenyuk added second-period goals
for the Americans before Ovechkin found the net just 1:33 into the third to
pull the Russians within 4-2.
After Stephen Gionta went off for roughing just 31 seconds later to give the
Russians a power play, Carter picked up his New Jersey Devils teammate by
scoring a short-handed goal to extend the Americans' lead.
Perezhogin again pulled Russia within two when he converted on the same power
play, but the Americans took advantage of a Russian penalty when Trouba scored
on a power play to make it 6-3. Moss and Stastny then scored 11 seconds apart
midway through the third to seal it.
The other quarterfinal matchups on Thursday will pit Slovakia against Finland
and Canada versus Sweden.
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