Russia, Canada trail before winning at worlds
Associated Press
2013-05-14 07:00 AM
Russia trailed before beating Austria 8-4 and Canada also fell behind in defeating Slovenia 4-3 at the ice hockey world championships Monday.

Russia goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves against only 10 for the two Austrian goalies. Ilya Kovalchuk had one goal and two assists, while Alexander Radulov had one goal and an assist. The other goals came from Alexander Perezhogin, Sergei Mosyakin, Ilya Nikulin, Sergei Soin, Nikita Zaitsev and Yevgeni Kuznetsov. Austria led 3-2 at one stage.

The results relegate Austria and Slovenia to the second tier of the worlds. They will be replaced by Kazakhstan, which was relegated last year, and a Ukraine team making a comeback after a six-year absence.

"We are very disappointed," Austria's Thomas Vanek said. "We beat the wrong teams. We lost to Germany and France, the teams we needed to beat. It is very disappointing when you think we could have stayed up and been developing."

Slovenia led 3-2 in the third period after two goals from Jan Urbas, before Matt Duchene, Steven Stamkos and Brenden Dillon drew Canada level. Canada won in overtime through Stamkos' goal from Dan Hamhuis' assist.

The United States and Russia top their group with 15 points, one more than Finland. The Americans and Finns have a game in hand. On Tuesday, the U.S. meets Slovakia and Finland plays Latvia.

Canada leads its group with 18 points, but Switzerland can win it by securing one point against Belarus on Tuesday. Sweden will finish third, and Norway will play the Czech Republic in a decider for the remaining place in the quarterfinals.

In afternoon games, Latvia beat France 3-1, while Denmark downed Belarus 3-2.

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