World Championship Wrap: Bryz, Russians top U.S.

World Championship Wrap: Bryz, Russians top U.S.
May 7, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves in Russia's 5-3 win over the United States. (AP)

In the opening round of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, Ilya Bryzgalov and Russia beat the United States, 5-3, on Tuesday.

Bryz, who played all 60 minutes, made 19 saves on 22 shots to earn the victory.

The Russians twice overcame deficits of 2-1 and 3-2. Entering the third period tied, 3-3, Russia broke the stalemate with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation and added an insurance goal to the scoreboard less than two minutes later.

"[The Americans] played hard and fast," Bryzgalov told iihf.com. "They played with good energy. It was not easy. There are no easy games here."

Cal Heeter, a member of Team USA and a goalie for the Adirondack Phantoms, did not play in the game.

The Russians improved to 3-0, while the Americans fell to 2-1. See full recap at iihf.com.

Canada blows by Norway
A Canadian team stacked with four Flyers knocked off Norway, 7-1, on Tuesday.

Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, Luke Schenn and Matt Read all played in Team Canada's blowout victory.

Giroux scored a first-period power-play goal to afford the Canadians a 4-0 lead and also assisted on Steven Stamkos' tally to make it 6-1 in the third.

Simmonds, Schenn and Read did not make the score sheet, although Read did manage to put three shots on goal.

The Canadians improved to 2-0-1 with the win. They previously defeated Denmark before falling to Switzerland in a shootout. See full recap at iihf.com.

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