Russia claim ice hockey world bronze after Finland scare

Russia survived a late fightback by Finland to seal a 5-3 win on Sunday to claim bronze medals at the ice hockey world championship.

Having lost 4-2 to Canada in the semi-finals, Russia raced into a 4-0 lead in the bronze medal match with Nikita Gusev (twice), Vladimir Tkachyov and Bogdan Kiselevich all scoring.

But Finland rallied with three unanswered goals through Mikko Rantanen, Mikko Lehtonen and Veli-Matti Savinainen to pull it back to 4-3 early in the third quarter.

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Nikita Kucherov settled Russian nerves though with the team’s fifth goal to secure third place.

Defending champions Canada are chasing a third straight world title — and their 27th overall — in Sunday’s final against Sweden.

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