An over­time goal moves Canada past Rus­sia, into world hockey semi­fi­nals.

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COPENHAGEN • 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 with 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 power-play goals, while Kyle Tur­ris and Pierre-luc Dubois added third-pe­riod mark­ers.

The Cana­di­ans will 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 124 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, who held down the No. 1 job for the gold medal­win­ning Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia team at the Pyeongchang Games in Feb­ru­ary.

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 time out, then sent out cap­tain Con­nor McDavid with O’reilly, Aaron Ek­blad and Parayko, with O’reilly’s goal end­ing it.

Canada has now won its last three meet­ings with Rus­sia at the worlds. The win ends a four-year medal streak for the Rus­sians at worlds.

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