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Russia Tops Slovakia To Claim World Championship

Sunday, 05.20.2012 / 5:18 PM ET / World Championship
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Russia Tops Slovakia To Claim World Championship
Alex Semin scored two goals to lead Russia to a 6-2 lead over Slovakia in the Gold Medal Game at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Slovakia put a scare into the Russians early when Zdeno Chara scored just 66 seconds in, but Russia, powered by two goals and an assist from Alex Semin, bounced back in a big way to overwhelm the Slovaks and win the Gold Medal Game of the 2012 IIHF World Championship 6-2 Sunday at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.

It is Russia's fourth world championship and its third in the last five years, and it punctuates a perfect tournament for the Russians who finished 10-0.

After Chara's goal had given Slovakia a lead that it held for nearly half of the first period, Semin's score at 9:57 from Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk tied the game. At the end of the first the game was still even, but in the second period Russia broke it wide open. Alexander Perezhogin, Alexei Tereshenko and Semin all scored as Russia jumped out to a 4-1 lead.

The Russians tacked on two more as Datsyuk scored at 3:55 of the third period and Evgeni Malkin put the icing on the cake with 1:58 left in regulation with his tournament-best 11th goal of the World Championship. The goal enabled Malkin to edge Norway's Patrick Thoresen as the top scorer of the tournament with 19 points. Chara scored his second of the night at 9:37 of the third, but it amounted to little more than window dressing as Russia coasted the rest of the way to the gold medal.

Datsyuk tied Semin with a game-high three points, while Russian goalie Semyon Varlamov finished with 29 saves.

Panthers prospect Sergei Shirokov set up Tereshenko's eventual game-winner with 6:29 left to play in the second and finished with three shots on net and a plus-1 on 13:39 of ice time while Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky finished with a shot on net and a minor penalty on 16:14 of ice time for Slovakia.

Both forwards finished with good offensive numbers in the tournament. Kopecky recorded six points (5-1-6) in 10 games and was a plus-6 with 20 shots on an average ice time of 16:32 while Shirokov also had six points (1-5-6) in 10 games and finished with a plus-2 on 21 shots and an average of 15:11 ice time a game.

FULL STORY (IIHF.com)
FINAL STATS (IIHF.com)

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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