Team Canada had a good run at the World Hockey Championships in Slovakia but their tournament came to an end at the hands of a familiar foe.

 

Both Canada and Russia were scoreless after the first period but Jason Spezza opened up the scoring in the second period thanks to a breakaway goal that put Canada out in front.

 

In the third, though, the Russians came alive, tying the game on a beautiful individual effort by Alexei Kaigorodov, who went in on a breakaway to beat Jonathan Bernier stick-side. Just a few minutes later, it was the player the Los Angeles Kings were after last summer, Ilya Kovalchuk, who gave Russia the lead on a goal from Alexander Radulov and Dmitri Kalinin.

 

The Canadians put pressure on the Russians late but to no avail as Russia hung on for the win, eliminating Canada and moving on to the semi-final today where they will face Finland with a spot in the gold-medal game on the line.

 

Team Canada has not won the gold medal at this tournament since 2002 and have been eliminated by Russia in three of the last four years so it's safe to say that this is not how Canada wanted to go out.

 

With the loss, the Los Angeles Kings no longer have any representatives remaining in the tournament.

 

Sweden and the Czech Republic will play in the other semi-final today with the gold-medal game set for Sunday.