Nikolai Kulemin scored two goals and Russia defeated the United States 5-1 on Tuesday night to advance to final of the world junior hockey championships.
Russia will play Canada, which beat Finland 4-0 in the other semifinal, for the gold Thursday night — the fifth championship meeting since 1999 for the teams. The United States will face Finland for the bronze earlier in the day.
If Sidney Crosby is going to torture what was his favourite team growing up in Cole Harbour, NS, the way Wayne Gretzky used to torture the one he loved growing up in Brantford, ON, the Montreal Canadiens may rue every time they play the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Crosby, making his first visit to the sold-out Bell Centre on Tuesday to play his formerly beloved Habs, scored the opening goal on a beauty and the winner on a fluke as the Penguins beat the home club 6-4.
Patrik Elias made his long-awaited return to the Devils last night and all was right at Continental Airlines Arena again, at least for one game.
Elias, a two-time All-Star who missed the first 39 games of the season recovering from hepatitis A, provided some electricity in his 2005-06 debut, helping create two goals in a 3-0 victory over the Florida Panthers that looked like a vintage Devils performance.
Four of Six games played last night featured shutouts, and one was 0-0 in Overtime.