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Russia steamrolls to gold in World Championships, beats Slovakia 6-2

May 20, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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Russia was a team on a mission and they finished things off in style today beating Slovakia 6-2 to claim the gold medal at the IIHF World Championships in Finland.

It didn’t start off strong for Russia as Slovakia’s Zdeno Chara kicked off the scoring and putting the Cinderella Slovaks up 1-0 in the first period. That glory would be short-lived for the Slovaks as the line of Pavel Datsyuk, Alex Ovechkin, and Alexander Semin got hot.

Semin finished the game with two goals and an assist while Datsyuk had a goal and two assists and Ovechkin added two helpers. Yes Caps fans, we’re wondering where this Alex Semin was during the second round as well.

Tournament MVP Evgeni Malkin finished his monster performance at Worlds with a goal in the final game and took home the MVP trophy thanks to his 11 goals and 8 assists throughout the tournament. A gold medal, a World Championships MVP, and perhaps the Hart Trophy on top of it all. Not a bad year.

While it might look like a disappointing finish for Slovakia, considering they were playing for the memory of Pavol Demitra and nearly didn’t qualify for the quarterfinals, coming away with the silver is a huge victory of sorts for the Slovaks. Also, team captain Zdeno Chara did well to honor Demitra as you’ll see here.

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  1. claysbar - May 20, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Way to go Geno!!

  2. barkar942 - May 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Geno Pringles must be ecstatic!

  3. caps247 - May 20, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Team Russia is a dream team.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 20, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Say what you want about Chara as a hockey player, but he is a real class guy.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - May 20, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    It’s on TV tonight. Wow, nothing I’d rather do than watch a game I already know packs all the drama of a 6-2 thriller.

    • capsrockva - May 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      it was online @ 1 30 pm EDT I watched it leading up to the Phx/LA game @ 3

  6. phillyphan83 - May 20, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    still outplayed by a 19 yr old rookie, but hey, nothing like steamrolling inferior competition to salve the pain.

    • sportsfreak13 - May 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      says the fan who’s “best player in the world” managed 1 point against the devils.

  7. phillyphan83 - May 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    yeah cause he didn’t just have surgery on BOTH wrists or anything. What’s Malkin’s excuse?

    • sportsfreak13 - May 20, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      if he couldn’t handle the recoil from that nickleback t-shirt gun he shouldnt of went on stage. Malkin doesn’t need a excuse he already has a cup and a Conn smythe trophy. Whats giroux have besides a repeat offender status?

    • ravenscaps48 - May 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

      Malkin came back from absolutely destroying both of his knees last year… Most players come back from that… However, they don’t win the MVP award… Malkin did and in DOMINATING fashion… Evgeni Malkin IS the Best Player in the World when 100% healthy

  8. thegevs - May 20, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    He had surgery on his wrists after he already lost, he’s not the best player in the world.

  9. spavs412 - May 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Ovi should probably blow Geno because Geno gave him that gold. The only time he can win is with Geno leading the way!! Boom

  10. capsfan19 - May 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Russians are only good when they play with other russians. Kinda rediculous.

  11. sjsharks66 - May 21, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    @sportsfreak, that is the funniest thing I have seen on his in awhile! Haha

    Seriously, Malkin is the best player in the league. No doubt about it. Giroux does not come close to the skill Malkin has.

  12. malkinrulez - May 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Geno best in the world end of discussion!

  13. ray21230 - May 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    is this the Malkin fan club, get out of his jock Malkin should blow Flury for ever giving him a chance to win anything and he has the mvp cause they sucked in the playoffs!!!!

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