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Sergachev, Vasilevskiy lead Russia into world championship semifinals

Ondrej Palat scores as the Czech Republic advances, joining Canada and Finland.

The Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev had a goal and two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 29 saves as Russia beat the United States 4-3 to advance to the world championship semifinals in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Thursday.

Vasilevskiy picked up his sixth win in six starts for Russia, and Nikita Kucherov had an assist to give him 16 points in eight tournament games.

Scoring for the United States were the Rangers’ Brady Skjei, the Flames’ Noah Hanifin and the Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat.

The Lightning’s Ondrej Palat had a goal as the Czech Republic topped Germany 5-1 in Bratislava to advance.

The Devils’ Damon Severson and the Golden Knights’ Mark Stone helped Canada escape to the semifinals with a 3-2 overtime victory against Switzerland at Kosice. Severson tied the score with 0.4 seconds left in regulation, and Stone ended the game at 5:07 of the 3-on-3 overtime off a pass from the Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Rounding out the semifinal field, Finland beat defending champion Sweden 5-4 in overtime in Kosice.

In Saturday’s semifinals, Canada, with the Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph, faces the Czech Republic, which also includes the Lightning’s Jan Rutta, and Russia plays Finland.






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