Brodeur stops 27 Russian shots

Updated: September 5, 2004, 1:58 AM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Martin Brodeur made 27 saves, and Brad Richards, Kris Draper and Joe Sakic scored goals to help Canada beat Russia 3-1 on Saturday night in the World Cup of Hockey, giving the Canadians a 3-0 record in round-robin play.

Canada will play the last-place team in the North American pool in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night in Toronto.

Richards opened the scoring with a short-handed goal early in the second period, and Draper made it 2-0 just 1:37 later. Sakic scored early in the third period, and Russia's Sergei Gonchar completed the scoring midway through the period.

"We did what we have to do," Draper said. "We're 3-0, but we have to realize that we need to get better. It's do or die from here."

Russia (1-1) will complete play in the four-team pool Sunday night in Toronto against Slovakia (0-2). The United States (1-2) finished pool play Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Slovakia in St. Paul, Minn.

Brodeur stopped Alexander Frolov in alone on a two-on-one in the second period and twice thwarted Alexei Yashin coming out of the corner on a third-period shift.

"He gives us an unfair advantage," Canadian forward Shane Doan said.

"It was a special game because I never played against an all-Russian team and I was a little nervous about it," said Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils and the No. 1 goalie in Canada's 2002 Olympic triumph.

"These are skill players and a lot of them have my number when I play in New Jersey, so I was concentrating on being sharp. I got a lot of help from the guys in front of me. There are so many memories of Canada-Russia and I never had a chance to play them, so it was nice to have it end on a good note."

Canada now enters the single-game knockout part of the competition.

"It's hard to ask for better than that," Brodeur said. "We didn't face any adversity yet and that's sometimes a little scary, but we'll take the positives into it and hopefully it will lead to better games."

The Russians displayed some sharp skating and passing, but were guilty of some loose defensive play.

"We played two good periods, but we got away from our game plan for a stretch and they jumped on us," defenseman Darius Kasparaitis said. "And Marty played well for them when he had to."


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