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Tyutin comes up golden at Worlds

Blueshirts defenseman helps Russia win first title in 15 years

Sunday, 05.18.2008 / 4:38 PM / News
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Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin reached a landmark moment in his hockey career on Sunday, winning the 2008 World Championship gold medal with Team Russia at Le Colisee in Quebec City.

Fedor Tyutin
Trailing Team Canada by two goals entering the third period, the Russian rallied for an improbable  5-4 overtime victory that gave them their first World Championship in 15 years.

Tyutin played a big role in Russia's dramatic comeback, setting up a third-period goal by Alexei Tereschenko that cut Canada's lead to 4-3 with just 11:05 remaining in the third. That opened the door for Ilya Kovalchuk to take over the rest of the way.

Kovalchuk, the Atlanta Thrashers star, scored the game-tying goal with 5:14 remaining in regulation and then ended the tournament with the winning goal on a power play at 2:42 of overtime. The goal came just 47 seconds after Canada's Rick Nash took a delay-of-game penalty for firing the puck into Team Russia's  bench.

Team Canada, the defending champion and winner of three of the past six titles, was forced to settle for the silver in suffering its first loss of the tournament. The Canadians had led 3-1 after one period on a pair of goals by defenseman Brent Burns of the Minnesota Wild and another from Anaheim's Chris Kunitz.

Alexander Semin had cut the Canadian lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal early in the second period, but Ottawa Senators star Dany Heatley, the tournament MVP, had struck back midway through the second for a 4-2 advantage that put Canada firmly in the driver's seat heading into the fateful third period.

Tyutin gained the second assist on the Tereschenko even-strength goal at 8:55 of the third period, swinging the momentum -- and eventually the game -- in Canada's favor. It was Tyutin's first point of the tournament, which marked his IIHF World Championship debut. Earlier in his career, Tyutin won a pair of gold medals with Russia at the World Junior Championships in 2002 and 2003 World Junior Championships.

Paired with Vitali Proshkin on defense, Tyutin finished the game with a plus-1 rating in 10:43 of ice time. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, a Vezina Trophy finalist along with the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist, earned the victory without having to stop any shots in overtime. Overall the Russians outshot Canada 32-29, including a 15-6 edge in the third period and overtime.

Former Stanley Cup champion Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes suffered the loss in net. He was given the start just two days after teammate Pascal Leclaire had picked up a semifinal victory over the Swedish team that included Lundqvist.

Four Rangers competed in this year's World Championship, but only Tyutin came away with a medal. Lundqvist's Swedish team placed fourth, while Michal Rozsival's Czech team and Brandon Dubinsky and Team USA fell in the quarterfinals.

Russia won its first gold since a championship game victory over Sweden in Germany in 1993.