-- With a stunning display of individual brilliance Sunday night, Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
not only authored one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the World Junior Championships, but willed his desperate country one step closer to a medal in the 2011 edition of the tournament.
With his team left for dead -- trailing by two goals to Finland with 3:41 left in regulation and being stymied by the brilliance of goalie Joni Ortio
-- Kuznetsov refused to capitulate, opting instead to fight almost singlehandedly what appeared to almost all to be a losing battle.
Yet, when Kuznetsov finished putting his stamp on the quarterfinal at HBSC Arena, the Russians were victorious, winning 4-3 in overtime -- on Kuznetsov's second goal in a 10-minute and 25-second span -- and celebrating the unlikeliest of all berths in Monday's semifinal against top-seeded Sweden.
"It's like a miracle," said Kuznetsov, property of the Washington Capitals
. "Today was like a miracle."
Which, it appears, makes Kuznetsov a miracle worker in this tournament.