Ilya Kovalchuk tossed in Russia loss
HELSINKI -- Reigning champion Russia lost for the second time in two days at the ice hockey world championships, going down 3-2 to Finland on Friday due largely to goalie Antti Raanta's 34 saves.
Finland's Petri Kontiola scored at 3:22 and 17:21 in the first period. He has five goals and four assists in five games. Juhamatti Aaltonen made it 3-1 on a power play at 16 minutes in the second, on an assist by Janne Pesonen.
Raanta was dominant after the Russians drew to within a goal when star forward Ilya Kovalchuk scored at 1:48 in the second period with his team's goalie pulled.
Kovalchuk was ejected with a couple of seconds remaining after knocking down Pesonen with a right hook. On Thursday, Russia was beaten 2-1 by France in the biggest upset of the tournament.
Bernhard Starkbaum made 42 saves before stopping all three shots in the shootout, and Austria beat 2012 runner-up Slovakia 2-1 earlier Friday.
Jiri Hudler also found the net on a power play for the Czechs, tying the game at 2-2 in the second period with his fourth goal in five games.
Czech goalie Ondrej Pavelec played for the second time and made 23 saves.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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