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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Czechs Claim Cup Despite Losing Final

Sergei Zinoviev scored the only goal in the penalty shootout as Russia beat the Czech Republic 4-3 Sunday in the Baltika Cup international ice hockey tournament, but the title went to the Czech team.

In a tough game between the longtime rivals, Russia pulled ahead 2-0 on power-play goals by defenders Vitaly Proshkin and Andrei Skopintsev midway through the first period.

Czech defender Robert Kantor, assisted by left wing Andrej Kratena, narrowed the gap on a sharp counter attack at 17:50 as they beat Russian goalie Maxim Sokolov two-on-one.

Center Konstantin Gorovikov extended Russia's lead to 3-1 one minute and 59 seconds into the second period, but defender Jan Marek made it 3-2 on a solo effort at 34:40.

Left wing Radim Kucharczyk silenced the noisy sellout crowd of 8,000 at the Luzhniki Indoor Arena when he scored the equalizer from close range at 46:25.

Russia then failed to capitalize on four minutes of power play, and the Czech Republic celebrated its victory in the tournament as the draw in regulation time gave it one point -- enough to tie Finland at nine points in the standings and capture the title on the result of the match between them.

Neither team scored in the overtime and Zinoviev beat Czech goalie Roman Malek for the winner after Radek Duda and Yury Dobryshkin missed their attempts.

Russia took third place with 8 points followed by Slovakia with 3. Sweden lost all matches to finish fifth.

Russia won the first event, the Ceska Pojistovna Cup, in August. Finland dominated the Karjala Cup in November. After three events, Finland tops the standings with 17 points, followed but the Czech Republic one point behind. Russia is third with 13 and Sweden lies at the bottom with 8.

World champion Slovakia was a guest entry for the Baltika Cup and did not compete for points.

In NHL action Sunday, beating the top team in the NHL gave the Carolina Hurricanes more than confidence, it got them back on their game.

"When you play a team as dominant as Dallas you know you can't cheat [on offense], so you never try to and that's the crux of our game," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said after a 1-0 win over the Stars on Sunday.

"You don't hang in the offensive zone, pinch when you shouldn't or leave the defensive zone early because that team will make you look terrible. So, you play a good solid team game and your defense is always better."

Jeff O'Neill scored with 8:32 left and Kevin Weekes stopped 28 shots for his second shutout of the season in a key win heading into the Christmas break.

The Hurricanes' victory over the top scoring team in the league moved the defending Eastern Conference champions into a first-place tie in the Southeast Division with Tampa Bay at 38 points.

"This is a good way to go into the break -- for the coaches, too," said Maurice, whose club rallied for a 3-2 overtime win in Atlanta on Friday night.