Canada edges Rus­sia in OT to reach world semi­fi­nals

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Canada will com­pete for a medal at the world hockey cham­pi­onship for the fourth straight year.

Ryan O’Reilly scored the game win­ner on a 4-on-3 power play 4:57 into over­time Thurs­day as Canada beat Rus­sia 5-4 and punched its ticket to the semi­fi­nals in Copenhagen.

Colton Parayko and Ryan Nugent-Hop­kins also scored pow­er­play goals, while Kyle Tur­ris and Pierre-Luc Dubois added third­pe­riod mark­ers.

The Cana­di­ans face Switzer­land in the semi­fi­nals in Copenhagen on Satur­day. The Swiss ad­vanced with a 3-2 up­set of Fin­land on Thurs­day. The other semi­fi­nal will fea­ture the United States and Swe­den. The Amer­i­cans re­mained in the hunt for their first medal since 2015 af­ter a 3-2 win over the Czech Repub­lic, while the Swedes edged Latvia 3-2. 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 22-year-old was a sur­prise starter in place of the more ex­pe­ri­enced Vasili Koshechkin. Darcy Kuem­per made his fifth start of the tour­na­ment for Canada. The teams traded chances in over­time be­fore Canada went to the power play af­ter Kir­ill Kapri­zov was whis­tled for slash­ing with 3:35 elapsed. Cana­dian coach Bill Peters called a time­out, then sent out cap­tain Con­nor McDavid with O’Reilly, Aaron Ek­blad 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 win in the semi­fi­nal in Cologne, Ger­many in 2017 and earn­ing gold with a 6-1 win over Rus­sia in 2015.

The win ends a four-year medal streak for the Rus­sians at worlds.

LISELOTTE SABROE/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Canada’s Ryan O’Reilly, left, cel­e­brates with team­mates Con­nor McDavid and Aaron Ek­blad af­ter scor­ing the win­ning goal in over­time against Rus­sia Thurs­day in the world hockey cham­pi­onship quar­ter-fi­nal in Copenhagen, Den­mark. Canada will face Switzer­land in the semi­fi­nals Satur­day.

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