Canada into world semifinals
COPENHAGEN — Canada will compete for a medal at the world hockey championship for the fourth straight year.
RyanO’Reillyscoredthegamewinner on a 4-on-3 power play with 4:57 into overtime Thursday as Canada beatRussia5-4andpuncheditsticket to the semifinals in Copenhagen.
Colton Parayko and Ryan NugentHopkinsalsoscoredpower-playgoals while Kyle Turris and Pierre-Luc Dubois added third-period markers.
Canada came into the quarterfinal as the lower seed after a somewhat lacklustre preliminary-round performance in small-town Herning. The change of scenery seemed to agree with the Canadians in their first period of action at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
Canada controlled the play, outshooting Russia 12-4 in the opening frame and taking a 1-0 lead when Parayko fired a massive slapshot to the glove side of Igor Shestyorkin at 4:45.
The power-play goal snapped a 0-for-16 drought that had stretched over four preliminary-round games for Canada. It was the first of the tournament allowed by Shestyorkin, who had been perfect in seven periods of action against Slovakia, Belarus and Austria during preliminary-round play.
The 22-year-old was a surprise starter in place of the more experienced Vasili Koshechkin, who held down the No. 1 job for the gold medalwinningOlympicAthletesfromRussia team at the Pyeongchang Games in February.
Darcy Kuemper made his fifth start of the tournament for Canada.
The Russians started skating in the second period, building an 8-3 shot advantage before Nugent-Hopkins put Canada up 2-0 while Sergei Andronovwasservinghissecondpenalty of the game at 11:51 of the second period.
The Russians stormed back with a goaljust1:02laterwhenIlyaMikheyev scored after an Artem Anisimov shot pulled Kuemper out of position. Alexander Barabanov evened the score with an extra attacker on the ice for a delayed penalty call with 2:28 left to play in a second period where Russia outshot Canada 15-9.
After a cautious start to the third, Turris put Canada up 3-2 at 7:11, beating a sprawling Shestyorkin between the pads from the slot after a pinpoint pass from Jaden Schwartz.
AndronovansweredbackforRussia just 1:33 later, deflecting a Nikita Zaitsev shot over Kuemper’s shoulder. Then, Dubois scored his third of the tournament off a rebound off a Tyson Jost shot with 7:24 left to play in the third before Anisimov forced overtime when beat Kuemper high from a bad angle.
The teams traded chances in overtimebeforeCanadawenttothepower play after Kirill Kaprizov was whistled for slashing with 3:35 elapsed. Canadian coach Bill Peters called a timeout,thensentoutcaptainConnor McDavidwithO’Reilly,AaronEkblad and Parayko, with O’Reilly’s goal ending the game.
Canada has now won its last three meetings with Russia at the worlds, storming back for a 4-2 come-frombehindwininthesemifinalinCologne, Germany, in 2017 and earning gold with a 6-1 win over Russia in 2015.
Team Canada's Colton Parayko, right, and Connor McDavid celebrate after scoring the first goal during Canada's eventual 5-4 overtime win over Russia in their quarterfinal match at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Thursday in Copenhagen, Denmark.