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Russia to face Finland in semis

Updated: May 13, 2011, 8:43 AM ET
Associated Press

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Russia eliminated Olympic champion Canada 2-1 Thursday to reach the semifinals of the ice hockey world championships.

Russia will play Finland on Friday, and the Czech Republic will meet Sweden.

Alexei Kaigorodov and Ilya Kovalchuk scored late for Russia to overcome the Canadians.

"It doesn't really matter for me who scores the goal," said Kovalchuk after his first goal at the worlds. "We just want to win. We showed some character.

"We need to recover ...

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