Canada Moves On To World Cup Of Hockey Final

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Team Canada beat Russia 5-3 to move on to the World Cup of Hockey Final where they will play the winner of the Sweden-Team Europe game Sunday in the best-of-three finals.

Brad Marchand came up in the clutch scoring twice, including the go-ahead goal in the period that sent Russia packing home.

Sidney Crosby who has been playing stellar as of late opened the scoring at 7:40 0f the first period to give team Canada the early 1-0 lead. He went in all alone against Bobrovsky, deking him out for a highlight-worthy goal. For the game he had two assists to go along with his first period goal.

Russia themselves were having an amazing tournament that ended, unfortunately Saturday night, but that blame should not fall on the shoulders of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky who stopped 42 out of 47 shots being peppered all night long as his defense offered him no support.

The Russians struggled all night long to get shots on net, but with a lucky break they were able to tie up the game in the second period. On a two-one-one, forward Nikita Kucherov rang one off the post and in beating Carey Price to make it 1-1.

Despite the continuous pressure from the Canadians, and the fact that they were outshot 30-12 the Russians miraculously were able to pull ahead 2-1 in the second period.

After the puck was thrown out in front from behind the net, a mad scramble ensued where Evgeny Kuznetsov banged in a rebound past Price.

Lucky for Canada they have Sidney Crosby.

Every time it seems, that when the lights get brighter his game goes up a notch.

Shortly after the Russians took the lead Crosby did some fantastic work to keep position of the puck before he passed it off to Brad Marchand to make it 2-2 at 17:36 of the second period.

Marchand was not done there.

In the third Marchand would give Canada a 3-2 lead beating Bobrovsky glove side.

Sidney Crosby rushed the puck up the ice, dropping the puck off to Marchand right inside the blue line where he snipped one past the Russian goalie.

With the threat of Russia striking again, the Canadians stayed on the offensive and were rewarded with a 4-2 goal. Perry got the puck all alone in front of the net and made no mistake netting it.

They weren’t done there either.

John Tavares scored to give the Canadians a three-goal lead, using a nifty toe drag to create some space and sent a rocket past Bobrovsky.

Down 5-2, the Russians showed some late grit, and were able to make it 5-3 after they pulled Bobrobvsky for the extra attacker, but that was the closest they were able to get.

A collective effort got Canada through to the final, and they’ll need that all again to lift that trophy at the end of the tournament.

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Hamed Amiri

Hamed is a Writer and Editor at 604 Now. He is currently attending Simon Fraser University studying Political Science and Communications. He enjoys writing about sports, nightlife, and anything new happening in Vancouver. In his free time Hamed enjoys to play basketball, read, and catch up on his favourite sports teams.