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Ovechkin, Malkin lead Russia past Finland 5-2 for gold at Worlds

May 25, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

The year 2014 wasn’t all for naught for Russia.

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin each scored to help Russia defeat Pekka Rinne and Finland 5-2 in the gold medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus.

Ovechkin’s goal 7:34 into the second period tied the game 2-2 and Malkin’s 5-on-3 power play goal put Russia ahead for good 8:02 later. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 shots to earn the win for Russia. Rinne stopped 34 for Finland.

Have a look at Malkin’s eventual game-winning goal here:

The gold medal is Russia’s fourth in the past seven years at Worlds. While they haven’t won gold at the Olympics since 1992 (then as the Commonwealth of Independent States), they’ve dominated the annual tournament of late. The Russian team

Next year’s tournament heads to Prague and Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

Here are the full highlight’s from Russia’s win.

  1. c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    way to go Geno. he needed that after the season his teams had.

    great teammate, great person, and maybe the greatest player.

    • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      i expect my comments to have more negative thumbs than positive but id really like to hear somebody’s disagreement with what i said

      • capsnbohs23 - May 25, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        I think its the greatest player part

      • thefutureofoil - May 25, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        You were good till “the greatest player.” Not.

      • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        i said maybe.

        now anybody who is up to it can tell me why not.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Did you just reply to yourself begging for comments?

      • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        no. good try though little buddy.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        Sure looks like you did.

      • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        your drooling, i can tell.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 25, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Will you be responding to your other personalities as well?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        A great teammate would have taken that sorry excuse for a captain and slapped some sense (and spine) into him.

      • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        sidney crosby has more stanley cups than the entire philadelphia roster put together if vinny lecavalier didnt sign to play your 4th line.

        oh im sorry. dont forget his linemate adam hall and that guy who played 6 games for you…hal gill.

        hey who did hal gill win with?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 25, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Your retort is non sequitur. Please address Crosby’s lack of leadership issues. BTW Hall didn’t win the cup.

      • blomfeld - May 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        YOU’RE AN IDIOT !

        the best player in the game today is Crosby … straight up, pure and simple …

    • pepper2011 - May 25, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      I’ll bite. He’s elite, no doubt. I admittedly don’t watch him play everyday, but from what I see; he disappears for games, shifts, etc.

      He’s top 10, probably top 5, but it has to be Toews at this point.

      Other arguments would be; most teams are matching their top d pair against Sid. He is nowhere close to Toews defensively.

      • capsnbohs23 - May 25, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        I agree its Toews right now, the guy just does it all, he is really fun to watch and he is a great leader

      • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        evgeni malkin never disappears. he might not always score, but he comes hard every shift. hes a stanley cup and conn smythe winner, league MVP, two time scoring champ, and calder trophy winner. he continuously plays big time hockey. weak argument. when sid was out, malkin won MVP. weak argument.

        toews two way play is being glorified right now to pretty ridiculous length. he is no doubt one of the top players.

        on LAs 3rd or 4th goal last night he lost a defensive zone faceoff the went clean back to the Dman, goal. on an earlier goal he tried to be a goaltender and screened crawford on what should have been a clean save. hes not a perfect angel. hes just the latest flavor of the week. when he scored 3 goals last year while bryan bickell and dave bolland filled the net, nobody had anything to say but what a captain he is!

        jonathon toews is a great captain, a great player, a great two way player. but ultimately, hockey is a team sport. these are a bunch of adults and professionals they dont need toews to play daddy for them. nobody should. the blackhawks have a great team, and thats the biggest difference.

      • pepper2011 - May 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        And; he plays with (arguably) the other best player in the league and he has only managed to win one cup.

        The Russian team hasn’t done anything in the Olympics; while Toews and Sid both have two gold medals.

        I think discounting a two-way player is a bad move. Yes, there are times that Toews, Kesler, Bergeron & Datsyuk are going to get beat, but stats don’t lie.

        He is a lot closer to Ovi than Toews.

        There is no denying his offensive ability, but when it comes to winning consistently I’ll take the guys that can play both ways.

        Malkin 1.22PPG in 518 career games. +58 (.11 per game)

        Toews .90PPG in 484 career games. +141 (.29 per game)

        Ovechkin 1.19PPG in 679 career games +47 (.06)

      • c9castine - May 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        “has only managed to win one cup” what a stupid statement.

        your trying to make a case that isnt there. i asked you to tell me why malkin isnt the best player in the world and all you can come up with is some other guys have better +/- numbers and toews has 2 cups not 1 (but 0 conn smythes, 0 MVPs, 0 scoring titles). duncan keith, patrick kane, niklas hjarmlsson, marian hossa, brent seabrook, and patrick sharp were there for both cups too. some solid hockey players listed right there, yeah?

        cups are definitely the measuring stick. no doubt.

        but much more for a team, not an individual.

      • pepper2011 - May 27, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Really- you have a hard time understanding my reasoning? You may not agree, but it’s pretty clear.

        Don’t get your panties in a bunch.

        He is nowhere near the same league as Toews or Sid defensively.

        I would take those two over him in a heartbeat; as would most hockey fans. It’s just an opinion.

        I don’t think he’s offensive ability outweighs his defensive liability.

        He is closer to Ovechkin statistically. If Ovi played with Sid; I bet he’d have some trophies too.

        I think they are phenomenal offensive talents who lack defensive responsibility. Malkin is better than Ovi – I am not saying he is that bad defensively, but a guy who score 1.22 points a game; should have a higher +/- ratio, or he is clearly sacrificing defense for offense. Yes, this is not always the case, but we are talking about 500+ games and he has been on good teams. We are not talking about John Tavares having nothing around him.
        I would also say Health is another reason – Malkin can’t stay healthy.

        Give me a reason why Toews, Datsyuk, Sid, Tavares, Bergeron, Getzlaf aren’t the best players in the league.

      • c9castine - May 27, 2014 at 11:45 PM

        lol. theres a chance malkin is a better two way player than sid. id categorize them both as middle of the pack. better than most superstars, not in the same category as toews/bergeron/datsyuk obviously.

        thats what im saying man. ive watched these guys play hundreds and hundreds of games a piece. i know their games like the back of my hand. i can tell when they are going to have a good or bad game within their first two shifts.

        your last statement is very vague. all of those guys are the best players in the league. not sure what your asking.

        your putting way way way too much stock in their plus/minus ratio as compared to points scored. plus minus is already a shaky stat.

      • c9castine - May 25, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    • capsfan14 - May 26, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      After that cross-check to Haulas head at the start I lost most of my respect for him. He should have been tossed.

  2. rushledger - May 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Good for Geno and good for Ovi, little redemption for Russia after the Olympics.

  3. capsfan14 - May 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    The game was a lot closer than the score will tell you. Finland I would say dominated the game 5v5 for long stretches in the 1st and the 3rd. A couple of horrible calls let the skilled Russian PP take over the game. Finland could have easily taken this game had it not been for two extremley questionable calls.

  4. blackhawks2010 - May 25, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Ovechkin always plays well in these second tier type exhibitions. Olympic Medal games and NHL playoffs are a different story….

    • capsnbohs23 - May 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      havent heard that before

      • smarshall3789 - May 26, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Congrats Ovi and the rest of the Russians for winning a worthless tournament filled with a bunch of C- teams! Won’t make up for that choke job you guys did in the Olympics when it mattered! I guess this will be the only thing Ovi will win multiple times! How about some of you clowns act like you’ve scored before and stop your stupid celebrations! Putin must be proud of winning this pointless and no talent tournament!

      • capsnbohs23 - May 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Its not healthy living with so much hate, relax man, drink a beer or something

  5. babykaby - May 26, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    smarshall3789, You must be one of those sour jerks yelling at kids to stay off your lawn, and get off on the dirty hits and senseless fighting in hockey. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate the joy that the game brings to those who play shouldn’t be bothered watching it, and should just keep their mouths shut. Any competitor wants to win regardless of what the game might be. Hockey, football, checkers or tag. If you play, you want to win. I love watching the joy expressed by these players when they score. Say what you will about the russians, but one thing for sure, they are always honored to represent their country whenever they are asked. It’s sad that Canadians, as well as a few other countries lack that patriotism and don’t show up unless it benefits them personally. Congrats to the russians. You rocked.

    • smarshall3789 - May 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      Yeah I hoped they rocked with that stacked team against a bunch of minor leaguers! Was waiting for the famous Russian choke job!

  6. smarshall3789 - May 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Yeah makes sense put on the jersey for a pointless tournament! The only tournament they should care about this time of year is the playoffs, but I guess that’s why they play in this thing cause they can’t get it done in North America

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