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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Ties Canada, Takes U.S. in Cup Run-Up

DETROIT -- Sergei Fedorov had two goals and an assist in his home rink to lead Russia to a 6-4 victory over the United States in a tuneup for the hockey World Cup and followed it up with a 4-4 tie versus Canada.


The presence of four Red Wings in the Russian lineup Friday night meant the teams received roughly equal support from the crowd.


"We kind of expected that tonight, because so many of the Wings were out there for Russia," U.S. coach Ron Wilson said. "Once we get to the real games in New York and Philadelphia, we know the crowd will rally behind us a little more."


Two of those Red Wings teamed up to put Russia ahead 5-4 midway through the third period. Vyacheslav Kozlov's shot was stopped by Guy Hebert, but Igor Larionov scored on the rebound.


Two minutes later, Fedorov made it 6-4 with his second goal of the game.


Russia dominated the early stages but couldn't hold a three-goal lead.


Sergei Nemchinov put Russia ahead at 16:20 of the first period, picking up a loose puck and beating New York Rangers teammate Mike Richter for an unassisted goal.


Oleg Tverdovsky made it 2-0 at 34 seconds of the second period, snapping a shot past Richter from the slot.


Less than two minutes later, Alexei Kovalev stripped the puck from Shawn Chambers and scored on a breakaway.


Brett Hull got the Americans on the board batting a rebound past Nikolai Khabibulin.


The United States got within one when Gary Suter converted a cross-ice pass from Mike Modano into a power-play goal. Doug Weight tied the game off John LeClair's pass.


"We have more 50-goal scorers than Russia, so we knew we could score with them," Wilson said. "We just need to stop making the mistakes that got us down 3-0 to start with."


But with both Tony Amonte and Kevin Hatcher in the penalty box, Fedorov knocked in a rebound at 19:37.


Bryan Smolinski tied the game 4-4 at 4:58 of the third, but that was the Americans' last highlight.


"We can play with these guys, and we have enough talent to win this," Weight said. "Now we just have to go out on the ice and do it."


On Sunday, Alexi Kovalev scored a short-handed goal in the dying minutes of the third period to lift Russia into a 4-4 tie with Canada.


Kovalev banged home the rebound of a shot by Andrei Kovalenko just minutes after Adam Graves had scored in a goal-mouth scramble to put Canada ahead.


Twenty-four minor penalties were called by referee Dan Marouelli.


Eric Lindros received only a slightly louder cheer when he tipped in a shot by Wayne Gretzky to tie the score at 3-3 midway through the third period than he did for a crushing body check earlier.


Lindros was cruising near the boards in the Russian end late in the second period when he got even for a blind-side check by Sergei Gonchar in the first period and hammered him head first into the boards.


Russia is expected to challenge Canada for the World Cup title. The Soviet Union's 1981 victory is the only time Canada failed to win the tournament.


"Back home, people are calling us the Dream Team, and there are a lot of expectations on us," said Slava Fetisov. "We want to make the Russian people proud of us, because this is the first time we have played for Russia instead of the Soviet Union."


In another warm-up game the United States crushed Slovakia 9-2.


The actual World Cup gets under way in Stockholm where Germany played Sweden on Monday.


The Russians open first-round play Thursday against Canada at Vancouver, two days before the United States faces Canada at Philadelphia.


Slovakia rounds out the North American section, which concludes round-robin play Sept. 3. The European group is made up of Finland, Sweden, Germany and the Czech Republic.