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Kovalchuk’s OT goal makes Russians world hockey champs

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QUEBEC CITY — Ilya Kovalchuk 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 Sunday over Canada.

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 4-on-3 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 Moscow.

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.