(CP) - Viktor Kozlov's goal with 2:21 left to play lifted Russia to a 3-3 tie with Slovakia at the world hockey championship Monday. Lubomir Visnovsky's power-play goal 1:27 into the third period had given the Slovaks a 3-2 lead. They also led 2-0 midway through the game on goals by Zigmund Palffy and Marian Hossa, only to watch Russia rally back from that. The teams are now both 1-0-1 and tied atop Pool A. At Vienna, Ivan Nepryaev, just 22 seconds after Slovakia went up 2-0, and Andrei Markov also scored for Russia. Goalie Jan Lasak finished with 28 saves for Slovakia while Maxim Sokolov stopped 19 shots for Russia.
Elsewhere at the world championship Monday, it was: Finland 4, Ukraine 1. At Innsbruck, Austria, Antti-Jussi Niemi, Ville Peltonen and Kimmo Timonen staked Finland to a 3-0 lead and they held on for their second victory of the tournament. Jukka Hentunen scored late in the third period for Finland (2-0). Sergii Varlamov pulled Ukraine to 3-1 with his goal late in the second. It was a rare bit of offence for Ukraine (0-2), which managed only 21 shots against goaltender Niklas Backstrom. Only 50 saves from Kostyantyn Simchuk kept the game close.
Elsewhere, it was Belarus 5, Austria 0, and Sweden 7, Denmark 0.
For more statisitcs see, 2005 World Championship Stats.
-Referenced from www.tsn.ca