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Parrish saves U.S. hopes; Slovenia win a first

5/6/2005

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Mark Parrish scored the tying goal with 40 seconds left Friday when the puck bounced into the net off his skate, lifting the United States into a 4-4 tie with Finland in the second round of the world hockey championship.

The goal was allowed to stand when a video replay showed that Parrish didn't kick the puck. The Americans salvaged a point in the qualification round standings after blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period.

Russia and Switzerland played to a 3-3 tie in Friday's other
qualification round game.

With U.S. goalie Ty Conklin off for an extra skater in the final
minute, defenseman Andy Roach did a great job to keep the puck in
the offensive zone.

"Roachie wristed one down, kind of a bouncer, and the rebound
came out," U.S. forward Doug Weight said. "It jumped in the air,
Parrish went to the net, and ... pushed it in.

"We came back and showed some grit, got the tie. We'll take the
point. It was a hard-earned point for both teams."

Parrish leads the U.S. team with four goals in four games.

The United States and Finland both have three points in Group F,
one fewer than Sweden and Canada, who meet on Saturday.

Brett Hauer scored a power-play goal, and Mike Modano added his
first tally in the tournament 1:16 later in the third period to
give the United States a 3-1 lead.

But Niklas Hagman cut Finland's deficit to one just 16 seconds
after Modano's goal.

Olli Jokinen tied it with a power-play goal at 13:10, shooting
the puck off a rebound between Conklin's legs. Conklin then gave up
a soft goal at 14:57, allowing Jarkko Ruutu's slap shot from just
inside the blue line to beat him and give Finland a 4-3 advantage.

The Finns scored the opening goal 3:38 in when Timo Parssinen's
close-in shot hit the right post and barely crossed the goal line.

Richard Park tied it at 12:30 with another power-play goal,
tipping in a pass from Roach.

The United States will play Sweden, the runner-up each of the
past two years, on Sunday. Finland will face two-time defending
champion Canada.

"We're going to get some rest and regroup a little bit,"
Weight said. "But Sweden is tough. Sweden plays probably the most
united game in this tournament. They know where everyone is. They
play such a system that everyone on the ice knows where the other
guy is."

In Vienna, Alexei Kovalev saved a point for Russia with a goal
late in the second period.

Romano Lemm gave Switzerland the lead just 1:43 in when the
Russians were short-handed. Pavel Datsyuk tied it less than a
minute later, and Ilya Kovalchuk gave Russia the lead with a
power-play goal at 5:11.

Paul DiPietro tied it again three minutes later and Mark Streit
gave the Swiss a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal early in the
second.

Slovenia rallied from three goals down and beat Denmark 4-3 on
Friday in the opening game of the relegation round. Austria came
back from a two-goal deficit in Vienna to tie Germany 2-2 in the
other relegation game.

Edo Terglav's short-handed goal midway through the third period
gave Slovenia its first win of the tournament after three
first-round losses.

Denmark, which scored only two goals on 54 shots in its first
three games, took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Jesper
Damgaard, Kasper Degn and Frans Nielsen.

Ivo Jan started Slovenia's comeback at 17:26 of the second. Anze
Kopitar, a 17-year-old forward who is expected to be a high pick in
the next NHL draft, made it 3-2 just 3:47 into the third period.
Peter Rozic tied it 23 seconds later.

Slovenia, a newcomer to international hockey's top annual event,
was outscored 18-1 in first-round losses to defending champion
Canada, the United States and Latvia.

All four relegation-round teams went 0-3 in the first round.

The two top teams in the relegation round will stay in the
championship next year, the last two will be demoted.