Canada vs. Russia live blog (Transcript) Staff

5/12/2011 4:32:57 PM

A pair of Russian goals midway through the third period were too much to overcome for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored with just over 7:30 remaining in the third period to give Russia the game winning goal.  Kovalchuk's tally was scored minutes after Alexei Kaigorodov scored a shot-handed to tie the game.

Jason Spezza opened the scoring with a breakaway goal with 14:26 remaining in the second period.  Canada faced some major adversity later in the frame when John Tavares was given a double-minor for a high sticking penalty that he didn't commit, when a Russian player was cut by his own teammate's stick.

Canada killed off the penalty, but the second frame was a lot more even than the first period, with each team taking 10 shots.

The first period saw Canada carry the play for the most part until late in the frame when both clubs traded some end-to-end rushes.

While neither team scored in the period, Canada outshot Russia 17-6. 

The last time Canada beat Russia in this tournament was the semifinals in 2005. Since then, the country suffered losses in the gold-medal game in 2008 and 2009, and the quarter-finals a year ago.