TORONTO -- Sidney Crosby propelled Team Canada into the final of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
Crosby scored once and set up two goals by Brad Marchand, the second putting Team Canada ahead for good in a 5-3 win against Team Russia at Air Canada Center on Saturday.
"I think that's one thing that makes him such a good player, his determination, and he always comes up big in the big games," Marchand said of Crosby. "You see plays like that, that's where the leadership comes in. And when you're able to lead at this level, of a group of leaders, then you're able to take control, that just shows how special of a player he is, and he created that whole goal, and ultimately that did lead to turning the game around."
Team Canada will play the winner of the semifinal between Team Sweden and Team Europe in the best-of-3 final that begins Tuesday. That second semifinal is here Sunday.
Corey Perry and John Tavares scored, and goaltender Carey Price made 31 saves for Team Canada.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 42 saves for Team Russia.
"Well, I felt great. I tried to do as much as I can for the team," said Bobrovsky, who stopped 133 of 143 shots in four games. "I worked hard, I give everything I have. They were better than us today."
Crosby scored 7:40 into the first period for a 1-0 lead, the third time in Team Canada's four games he opened the scoring. His three goals are tied for the tournament lead with teammate Jonathan Toews, and Crosby's seven points are the most.
After Nikita Kucherov and Evgeni Kuznetsov scored in the second period to give Team Russia a 2-1 lead, Crosby made a brilliant defensive-zone steal and pass to Marchand for a goal and a 2-2 tie at 17:36.
"If we finish the second period with a [lead] it would be a different game," Team Russia captain Alex Ovechkin said. "But they score, have to score a goal, and they play differently."
Crosby set up Marchand again at 1:16 of the third period, this time for a low, long shot that beat Bobrovsky to the far post for a 3-2 lead.
"He's obviously a great hockey player, but he's also a player who shows up in the biggest games and he scores goals in the biggest moments," Patrice Bergeron, the third member of that Team Canada line, said of Marchand, his Boston Bruins teammate. "So, no surprise as far as I'm concerned, and he deserves credit for the way he's playing."
Perry scored at 5:48 for a 4-2 lead, which Tavares extended to 5-2 at 9:22.
Artemi Panarin scored at 19:53 to make it 5-3.
Goal of the game: Crosby's relentless forecheck claimed a puck that was in defenseman Dmitry Kulikov's skates. From there, Crosby cut to the front of the net, waited out Bobrovsky and swept the puck past the goaltender for the first goal.
Save of the game: On the second shift of the third period, Marchand was 20 feet from the net when he received a near-perfect pass, which he redirected on goal, only to see Bobrovsky, on his belly, snag the rising puck with his glove.
Unsung moment of the game: Canada was leading 5-2 with 8:04 remaining when Kulikov started walking in from the point with the puck on his stick. As he wound to shoot, forward Ryan Getzlaf threw himself to the ice, blocked the shot and cleared the zone before hobbling back to the bench.
Highlight of the game: Crosby set up the goal to tie the game at 2-2, again using defense to lead into offense. This time, he stripped defenseman Andrei Markov of the puck, eluded another Team Russia player and passed the puck past two more defenders right onto the stick of Marchand.
They said it
"Don't be afraid to play against them. We play all the time against those players in the NHL. You can see if you play smart and don't make mistakes. On the first goal, we lose the puck and the puck goes on Crosby's stick on a breakaway. Second goal is a bad bounce off of [Kuznetzov's] stick. You can talk about luck, but you can't make those mistakes against those teams. They’re going to use it. They have skill, they have talent, they have confidence and they have experience." -- Alex Ovechkin on how to defeat Team Canada
"There was the bad combination for me: a little bit of traffic and a perfect shot. He [shot] at the perfect time. I didn't see the start of his shot. And obviously the shot was very good." -- Team Russia goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on Brad Marchand's second goal for Team Canada, from long range
"Maybe he doesn't have enough of luck and we are very content with his game." -- Team Russia coach Oleg Znarok on Alex Ovechkin, who played 20:29 and had one shot attempt, two blocked shots and five hits
Need to know
Team Russia center Pavel Datsyuk, an alternate captain, was unable to play because of a lower-body injury. He was replaced by defenseman Nikita Nesterov as Team Russia used seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Center Vadim Shipachev, who played Thursday against Team Finland, was scratched. … Team Canada scratched forward Claude Giroux and defenseman Jake Muzzin. … Marchand missed a hat trick late in the game when he did not score on a long-range shot with the goalie pulled. … Team Canada has trailed twice in this tournament. Team Russia led for 1:12 Saturday, and Team USA led for 1:29 in the preliminary round before losing 4-2.
Team Russia: Ends its tournament 2-2, one win short of reaching the final.
Team Canada: Plays in the best-of-3 final beginning Tuesday (8 p.m.; ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports). Team Sweden and Team Europe play for the other spot in the final on Sunday (1 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, TVA Sports).