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2012 IIHF World Championship

Russia tops Slovakia to claim World Championship

Sunday, 05.20.2012 / 3:51 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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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.

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Czechs top Finland to take bronze at Worlds

Sunday, 05.20.2012 / 12:46 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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The Czech Republic exploded out of the gate with three first-period goals and goaltender Jakub Stepanek made 34 saves and held off a late charge by Finland as the Czechs won the bronze medal game at the 2012 IIHF World Championship 3-2 Sunday at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

Petr Prucha opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 12:17 of the first period, and while the host Finns would tie the game moments later on a score by Mika Pyorala at 16:53, Jiri Novotny put the Czechs back up just 29 seconds later. A goal by David Krejci on a feed from Ales Hemsky with 53.8 seconds to go in the first gave the Czech Republic a 3-1 lead and eventually held up as the game-winner.

Finnish goalie Petri Vehanen did his best to keep the defending-champion Finns in the game, shutting out the Czechs the rest of the way, including in a second period that saw Finland get outshot 12-10. Vehanen finished with 25 saves.

In the third period the Finns came out strong and threw everything they could at Stepanek, outshooting the Czechs 14-1. Only one of those shots, a power-play goal by Jussi Jokinen at 9:01 of the third, managed to find the back of the net.

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Malkin's hat trick leads Russians to World final

Saturday, 05.19.2012 / 10:25 AM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick as Russia scored six straight goals to eliminate defending champion and co-host Finland with a 6-2 win Saturday in the semifinals of the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Russia will have a chance to capture its first World Championship gold medal since 2009 in the championship game Sunday against the winner of the second semifinal, between the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The loser of that game will play Finland for the bronze.

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By the Numbers: World Championship history

Friday, 05.18.2012 / 3:26 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship has provided a slew of new memories, punctuated by some thrilling regulation-time endings in the quarterfinals. With the puck about to drop on the tournament semifinals, here are some notable numbers from this year's Worlds as well as championships past.

1 -- Number of players who have won both the Hart Memorial Trophy and MVP at the IIHF World Hockey Championship. Joe Thornton is the only player to do it, earning the Hart as the NHL's most valuable player in 2006 after being named MVP of the 2005 World Championship. A candidate for the Hart this year and a favorite to win MVP of the 2012 Worlds, Evgeni Malkin could potentially be the second name added to the list.

3 -- Number of times in the past nine years that a player has scored in the first nine seconds of a game, including Sergei Demagin's goal for Belarus scored five seconds into a game in 2009, the current record. The fastest goal to start a game this year came from Norway's Patrick Thoresen, who scored 20 seconds into his team's game against Germany. Last year, Finland's Tuomo Ruutu scored 13 seconds into a game, also against Germany.

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World semis: Russia-Finland, Slovakia-Czech Rep.

Friday, 05.18.2012 / 12:52 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The semifinals at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship offer a pair of compelling matchups.

If the quarterfinals proved anything, it's that anyone can win at any time. Of the four games played Thursday, two were won in the final 30 seconds and a third saw top-seeded Canada lose in the last 2:30 of regulation. When it was all over, three of the top four seeds from the preliminary round were eliminated, leaving one overwhelming favorite, the defending champion playing in front of their home crowd, and two upstarts.

Here's a look at the pair of Saturday matchups that will decide who plays in the championship game on Sunday at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.

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U.S. loses to Finland late in game, ousted from Worlds

Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 5:05 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Jesse Joensuu beat Jimmy Howard up high with just nine seconds remaining in regulation as the defending champion co-host Finland stunned the United States with a 3-2 come-from-behind win in the quarterfinals at the 2012 IIHF World Championship on Thursday.

With the teams apparently headed for overtime, Joensuu, a former Islander who this season played with Jonkloping of the Swedish League, parked himself in front of the U.S. net and fired a loose puck, finding a small spot above Howard's right shoulder. The goal, Joensuu's second of the game, allowed Finland to gain revenge for a 5-0 loss to the Americans just five days earlier.

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Worlds: USA, Canada eliminated on late goals

Thursday, 05.17.2012 / 5:00 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Jesse Joensuu beat Jimmy Howard up high with just nine seconds remaining in regulation as the defending champion co-host Finland stunned the United States with a 3-2 come-from-behind win in the quarterfinals at the 2012 IIHF World Championship on Thursday.

With the teams apparently headed for overtime, Joensuu, a former Islander who this season played with Jonkloping of the Swedish League, parked himself in front of the U.S. net and fired a loose puck, finding a small spot above Howard's right shoulder. The goal, Joensuu's second of the game, allowed Finland to gain revenge for a 5-0 loss to the Americans just five days earlier.

Deadlocked 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Americans appeared to take control when Bobby Ryan found the back of the net just 1:39 into the third. Through most of the final 20 minutes, the Americans did a fine job of limiting Finland's chances, but the top line of Mikko Koivu, Jussi Jokinen and Valterri Filppula line could only be contained for so long.

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Canada clinches top spot in group with 5-1 win

Tuesday, 05.15.2012 / 1:07 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Ryan O'Reilly scored a pair of goals and Canada was able to clinch the top spot in the Helsinki group with a 5-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday, making them a tournament favorite heading into the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship quarterfinals, which start Thursday.

Anaheim Ducks teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf scored 3:36 apart in the second period as Canada took control of the game, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a power-play goal.

O'Reilly opened the scoring just 2:16 into the game, taking a perfect cross-ice pass from Andrew Ladd and wiring a shot past Belarus goaltender Dmitri Milchakov. Canada (6-0-1) appeared posed to close out the tournament preliminary round right then and there, but Sergei Kostitsyn, who joined Belarus (1-6-0) at the tournament with his brother Andrei just days earlier, beat Cam Ward to tie the game.

Canada flipped the switch in the second. Perry scored his third goal of the tournament with Alexei Kalyuzhni in the penalty box for hooking and Getzlaf, who is serving as team captain, doubled the Canada lead by battling through a goalmouth scramble to put the puck into the net.

Belarus began losing its composure shortly after that. Just 46 seconds after Getzlaf's goal, Andrei Kostitsyn rode Evander Kane from behind into the boards, receiving a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct on the play. It didn't take long for Canada to take advantage, as Nugent-Hopkins scored just 39 seconds into the man advantage, setting off a rough exchange that resulted in more penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct to Nikolai Stasenko.

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Worlds: Russia stays perfect with win over Italy

Monday, 05.14.2012 / 5:16 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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Semyon Varlamov stopped all 29 shots he faced as Russia continued its remarkable run at the 2012 IIHF World Championship by completing its round-robin schedule with an undefeated record, defeating Italy 4-0 Monday at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm.

The Italians, having finished in last place in their group, will be relegated to the next division for 2013.

Russia overwhelmed Italy by outshooting it by a 40-29 margin. While no individual players dominated the game, the usual suspects were involved as Pavel Datsyuk scored the game's opening goal, Evgeni Malkin picked up an assist and highly-touted Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov tallied one of each. In a relatively clean game, only three minor penalties were committed and all four goals were scored at even strength.

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Capitals forwards headed to World Championship

Sunday, 05.13.2012 / 2:46 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

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The day after bowing out to the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a number of the Washington Capitals' marquee players accepted invitations to prolong their season and try to win an IIHF world championship.

On Sunday, Russian Hockey Federation President Vladislav Tretiak announced that Caps star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, both of whom played on the national team that won the 2008 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Canada, will be joining a Russian team that posted a perfect 6-0-0 record following their 2-0 win Sunday over the Czech Republic. The two high-scoring forwards, who also played together on the Russian teams that won silver in 2010 and bronze in 2005, could add an embarrassment of riches to the Russian forward corp. The team's undefeated run has been spearheaded by Evgeni Malkin, who has run roughshod through the worlds, leading the tournament in points, goals, and plus/minus following the team's victory over the Czechs.

"We're doing all the documents, solving the issue of insurance and we expect them in Stockholm on the 16th for the quarterfinal," RHF Executive Director Valeri Fesyuk told the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti. "Obviously these two players seriously strengthen our team."

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