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PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin fought to a draw on their home ice. Giants Jerseys Store .Canada, however, remains a bit ahead of Russia. At least for now.Ryan Getzlaf beat Sergei Bobrovsky on a breakaway at 3:29 of overtime to give Team Canada to a 3-2 victory over Team Russia in a World Cup of Hockey exhibition Wednesday night.Bobrovsky made 45 stops, some of them spectacular, but couldnt wrangle the puck when Getzlaf slipped it between his pads during the 3-on-3 extra session.John Tavares and Patrice Bergeron scored for Canada. Crosby assisted on Bergerons score while playing under Bergerons score while playing underneath the familiar banners at Consol Energy Center. Carey Price had 24 saves for Canada , which finished 2-1 in exhibitions before the eight-team tournament begins in Toronto this weekend.I think the whole thing with a short tournament event is to keep getting better, keep improving and keep building off each game, said Crosby, who had two assists in the three exhibitions. I think were able to do that. I think theres still another level but Im sure thats the case for a lot of teams. We need to get to that level gradually.Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist for the Russians. Alexander Ovechkin also scored. Evgeni Malkin assisted on Ovechkins goal to match longtime Pittsburgh teammate Crosby.We go up against each other a lot, Malkin said. Hes tough on the boards protecting puck every time. Its a hard battle against him. I like how I play too.The Canadians open the tournament Saturday against the Czech Republic. Russia, which went 1-1-1 in three tuneups, begins on Sunday against Sweden.We didnt lose the game right away, Ovechkin said. We battled and got the lead. The boys feel much better now and for the future.Canada is a heavy favorite to continue its run atop international play, a surge that started with a triumph at the 2010 Olympics and continued two years ago in Sochi when they grabbed gold again while the host Russians missed the medal stand completely.Anything less than hearing O Canada play after the finals at the end of the month would be a disappointment, particularly at home. Its a role Crosby and his countrymen thrive in though theyve been a bit uneven during their three exhibitions, following up a 5-2 romp over the US last weekend with an up-and-down performance against Russia. Canada dominated early then spent the middle portion of the game on its heels a bit before collecting itself late.I think weve gotten more and more comfortable, Crosby said. Special teams is going to be big ... Its a process but I thought we definitely got better with every game and generated a lot.Crosby and Malkin both joked about facing against each other on the same sheet of ice theyve shared for a decade, with Crosby good naturedly saying he may take a friendly shot at Malkin if the moment called for it. The moment ended up coming in the first period, when the two briefly met in the corner before Malkin skated away with both players unharmed.Canada controlled the first period and took the lead when Crosby fed a streaking Bergeron , who slipped it by Bobrovsky to put the Canadians in front during a 20-minute stretch in which they outshot the Russians 14-5 and tilted the ice heavily to once side.Russia slowly found its footing and finally converted when Malkin won a faceoff and dropped it to Panarin, who slipped it across the ice to Ovechkin. The Washington Capitals star drilled a one-time from his familiar spot in the left circle to tie it 3:40 into the third . Panarin put Russia up less than four minutes later when he jumped on a rebound to give the Russians the lead.Tavares picked up his third goal in as many exhibitions by threading a wrist shot from the top of zone by Bobrovsky at 13:58. Bobrovsky sent the game to overtime with a series of stellar stops in the final minutes of regulation, including a slick glove hand save against Crosby from in close.I like how we play, Malkin said. Next time we play semifinal or final I hope. Wholesale Giants Jerseys . -- Nate Robinson has played for seven teams, so beating one of them is no longer a rare occurrence. Giants Stitched Jerseys . Their experience showed Tuesday as the No. 10 Badgers blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesdays finals of the Cancun Challenge. . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- PJ Dozier came to South Carolina last season as coach Frank Martins first McDonalds All-America recruit. Things, however, did not go Doziers way.Just look at him now.Dozier had a career-high 21 points to lead the 20th-ranked Gamecocks to a 68-50 victory over Vermont and a 7-0 start for the second consecutive year.The 6-foot-6 sophomore topped his previous best performance of 17 points in a season-opening win over Louisiana Tech. Two games later, it was Dozier who hit the game-winning shot in a 70-69 victory over Monmouth.Its a dramatic step forward form 2015-16 when Dozier was regularly in foul trouble and routinely pulled from games by Martin because of sub-standard defense.Last year wasnt my year, Dozier said. This year, (Martin) has that trust in me.Dozier helped the Gamecocks to a 13-1 run at the start of the second half. Maik Kotsar had eight points in the charge while Dozier had a 3-pointer and a thunderous finish to an alley-oop pass that had the crowd on its feet as South Carolina took a 49-32 lead.The Catamounts (6-3) could not respond to taller, quicker South Carolina.Last year, Martin said Dozier committed the triple sins of turnovers, not defending and getting into foul trouble. This year, hes playing hard, hes defending and hes never in foul trouble, Martin said. Last time I checked, you havent seen any of those turnovers where he throws it to the guy at the top of the key so he can dunk it in the other basket.Dozier had three of the Gamecocks four 3-pointers. Kotsar had 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, mostly from close to the basket, while Chris Silva added 12 points for South Carolina.Dozier had six rebounds, as did the 6-9 Silva, along with three steals.Anthony Lamb had 14 points, the only Vermont player in double figures.THE BIG PICTUREVermont: The Catamounts have won 20 or more games in coach John Beckers five seasons and had a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and the NIT in 2014. They do it with a mix of strong-shooting upperclassmen and enough young talent to compete in the American East Conference. Giants Youth Jerseys. But Vermont doesnt have enough firepower to keep up with a top-20 team like South Carolina. The Gamecocks defense kept the Catamounts off balance most of the way as they fell behind by 14 points in the opening half.South Carolina: For their success last week in defeating ranked opponents Michigan and Syracuse, the Gamecocks are very much a work in progress. One starter, Kotsar, and four of the five players off the bench are in their first years at South Carolina and several times an animated Martin yanked players, loudly questioning their technique. He calmed in the second half with South Carolinas quick start.POLL IMPLICATIONSSouth Carolina should maintain its spot in the rankings as long as it stays undefeated.WORRIED COACHWith South Carolina in the rankings for the first time this season, Martin worried his teams mindset might be off facing Vermont following wins against ranked teams Michigan and Syracuse last week. Im glad this games over with, Martin said. I just had a feeling that because of the success of the last couple of games against name teams, we werent going to be as clean was we needed to be.LEARNING LESSONSVermont coach John Becker believes his players are on the right path to another successful season in the America East Conference. Theyre just not there yet. He said the loss to South Carolina exposed some flaws that will need to be fixed in the next month. I think we found were just not tough enough yet, he said.UP NEXTVermont gets almost a week off before starting three straight at home with Dartmouth on Dec. 7.South Carolina concludes a two-game home stand against Florida International on Sunday.---More AP college basketball: and NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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