scored his second goal of the game in overtime, giving Russia its first title at the world hockey championships since 1993 with a 5-4 win over Canada yesterday in Quebec City.
Canada took a 4-2 lead into the third period, but couldn't hold off the Russians. Alexei Tereshchenko and Kovalchuk scored to tie it, setting the stage for the overtime winner.
Rick Nash was sent to the penalty box after accidentally sending the puck over the glass from his own end. The Russians then put out four forwards for the four-on-three advantage and Kovalchuk beat Canadian goalie Cam Ward with a wrist shot at 2:42 of the extra period.
Canada's loss kept the home team curse alive in the world hockey championships, which has not been won by the host country since the Soviet Union in 1986. Canada won the title last year in Russia.
The loss also ended a 17-game winning streak for Canada dating back to last year's gold-medal win.
Alexander Semin scored Russia's two other goals. Brent Burns had two goals and Dany Heatley and Chris Kunitz each added one for Canada.
The Canadians have the consolation of regaining the top spot in the world rankings that will be used for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Next year's world championships are in Kloten, Switzerland.
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* Jelena Jankovic overcame a pain in her neck and French teenager Alize Cornet, 6-2, 6-2, to win the Italian Open in Rome for the second straight year.
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* Donna Palisca, 30, of Norristown, finished second in the women's division at the Cleveland Marathon.
* Buffalo's Mark Steenhuis was named MVP of the National Lacrosse League championship game after contributing five goals and one assist to the Bandits' 14-13 victory over visiting Portland on Saturday.
* Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher's first day of motorcycle racing ended when he skidded onto a gravel pit and failed to finish at the superbike German International Championship in Oschersleben.
* A police officer was in serious condition with an injury to his spleen after clashes involving Inter Milan fans in Parma, Italy, local reports said. Inter fans were barred from attending the game, which Inter won, 2-0, to clinch the Italian league title. The clashes involved fans without tickets attempting to climb over fences to enter the stadium. *