Martin Brodeur made 27 saves and Brad Richards, Kris Draper and Joe Sakic scored to help Canada beat Russia, 3-1, last night in Toronto 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 minute 37 seconds 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 tonight 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. . . .
Finland didn't get its long-awaited revenge on Sweden, but a 4-4 tie was good enough to win the European Pool in Helsinki.
The Nordic rivals finished unbeaten with five points, but the Finns won the pool on goal differential.
Sweden's Tomas Holmstrom scored a power-play goal with just 11 seconds left in regulation, and neither team could get a goal in the five-minute overtime period.
* COURTS: Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann has been charged with careless driving causing death following a crash that killed her boyfriend, the Colorado State Patrol said. Steven Blackford, 28, a three-time NCAA all-American wrestler at Arizona State, died Friday when the Jeep they were in rolled off the shoulder of Interstate 76 in northeastern Colorado, police said.
McMann, 23, of Lock Haven, Pa., was hospitalized for moderate injuries but had been released by yesterday afternoon, troopers said.
The couple had been traveling from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to Washington, where Blackford was attending the Columbus Law School at Catholic University.
* HORSE RACING: Midas Eyes made a move on the outside nearing the quarter pole and pulled away in the stretch, beating Clock Stopper by 13/4 lengths in the $250,000 Forego Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
Midas Eyes registered the third stakes win of his career and his fifth win in 10 starts overall.
He increased his total winnings to $556,228 with the winner's share of $150,000
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