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World Championships conclude with Czech victory over Russians

by Brian Breseman / Tampa Bay Lightning

The 2010 IIHF World Championships concluded today with the Czech Republic taking home the gold with a 2-1 victory against Russia.  The Lightning do not have any players on the Czech squad meaning the gold will not be coming back to Tampa.  Goaltending prospect Vasily Koshechkin, who served as the back-up in today's game, earned a silver while Victor Hedman and Sweden won bronze by defeating host nation Germany, 2-1. 

Russia made things interesting late in the game.  With the Czechs clinging to a 2-0 lead Russia pulled Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker and Pavel Datsyuk beat Tomas Vokoun to make it 2-1 but they couldn't beat him again to even the score. 

Victor Hedman and Johan Harju were both held off the scoreboard today but still won the bronze medal game over Germany.  Hedman was a plus-1 and logged 14:28 in ice time while Harju had four shots on goal and played 17:15.

Despite missing two games due to injury, Steven Stamkos finished the tournament ninth in face off winning percentage with 61.2.  Harju ranked 12th with 59.6 percent. 

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