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Russia earns golden opportunity against Canada

Updated: January 3, 2005, 2:17 AM ET
Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Anton Khudobin helped Russia set up a gold-medal showdown with Canada in the World Junior Championship, making 22 saves in a 7-2 semifinal victory over the defending champion United States on Sunday night.

Canada beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in the first semifinal to advance to the championship game for the fourth straight year.

Russia's Sergei Shirokov broke a 2-2 tie late in the first period, and Evgeni Malkin made it 4-2 midway through the third. Alexander Ovechkin, ...

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