Russia has shown no tired legs after Sunday night's miracle comeback against Finland in the quarterfinals.
Back on the ice 17 hours after the overtime win against Finland, Russia was right back on the HSBC ice Monday afternoon, playing top-seeded Sweden in the first of the day's two semifinals.
After one period, Russia holds a 1-0 lead on a flukish goal by captain Vladimir Tarasenko
, a 2010 first-round pick of the St. Louis Blues
Tarasenko scored at the 6:37 mark of the first period, on just Russia's second shot. On the play, Tarasenko put together a strong cycling shift before barging toward the net along the goal line extended and firing a no-angle shot that somehow deflected behind Swedish goalie Robin Lehner
Sweden applied the majority of pressure early on -- outshooting Russia 12-4 at one point -- but could not solve Russian goalie Dmitri Shikin, who robbed Jesper Fasth
and Johan Larsson
with beautiful saves.
The Russians needed a miracle comeback Sunday -- scoring two goals in the game's final four minutes against the Finns to force OT before Yevgeny Kuznetsov won the game in the seventh minute of OT -- just to get into Monday's game.
Sweden beat Russia, 2-0, in pool play.