Anton Lundell and Finland advanced to the semifinals of the IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia with a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic.
Lundell played 15:53 and was held without a shot on goal. He finished with an even rating and went six of seven on faceoffs while centering Finalnd’s second line.
Jere Innala scored the only goal and Jussi Olkinuorsa posted a 28-save shutout. Finland will take on Germany on Saturday.
Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss in Russia’s 2-1 overtime defeat at the hands of Canada. Bobrovsky stopped 22 of 24 shots in first and only appearance of the tournament and was named Russia’s Best Player for his efforts.
Andrew Mangiapane scored the winner 2:12 into the extra session off a fabulous set up by Troy Stecher with the teams playing 3-on-3. Canada will face the United States tomorrow,
Stanley Cup playoffs
Jordan Staal was credited with the game-winning, power-play goal that came at 5:57 of overtime and Sebastian Aho registered a goal and two assists in the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. The Lightning now lead the series two games to one. Petr Mzarek replaced Alex Nedeljkovic as Carolina’s starter and made 35 saves.
Brad Marchand scored from sharp angle at 3:36 of overtime, and the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 at Nassau Coliseum to take two to one lead in the series. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves to get the win over Semyon Varlamov. Boston’s Craig Smith opened the scoring and Mathew Barzal got the only Islanders goal.