U.S. loses to Canada, gets Russia in World Hockey Championship bronze-medal game
The U.S. will play Russia in the World Hockey Championship bronze-medal game in Moscow on Sunday, after Canada edged the U.S. 4-3 in the semifinals Saturday.
The Americans scored three straight goals to lead Canada 3-2 but gave up late second-period and early third-period goals. The U.S. missed a chance to play for its first World title since 1960.
Instead, the U.S. and host Russia will meet in an Olympic or Worlds medal game for the first time since 1996 on Sunday (9 a.m. ET, Live Extra). The U.S. earned bronze at two of the previous three years at Worlds.
The bronze-medal game will also be notable given the U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly investigated the ongoing Russian Olympic sports doping scandal that implicates the Russian Olympic women’s hockey team.
In Sunday’s gold-medal game, reigning Olympic and World champion Canada will play Finland (1 p.m. ET, Live Extra).
The U.S. roster at Worlds includes zero Olympians and, though it has many NHL players, two have made an NHL All-Star team (Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings).
Russia’s team includes Olympians and NHL All-Stars Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Canada, the reigning World champion, has a more decorated roster of NHL players than the U.S., including Corey Perry, Matt Duchene, Brad Marchand and Taylor Hall.