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Radulov Wins Gold

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
Alexander Radulov picked up an assist on the overtime forcing goal as Team Russia rallied from a pair of two goal deficits to post a 5-4 overtime win over host Team Canada at the 2008 World Championships.


Ilya Kovalchuk scored his only two goals of the tournament in the game, the first to tie the score at 4-4 with 5:14 remaining in regulation -- assisted by Radulov and Vitali Proshkin -- and the second on a power-play 2:42 into overtime from Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Ovechkin to clinch the Gold Medal.

Radulov finished the tournament with three assists, a +3 plus/minus rating, and 13 shots on goal in six games played. Dan Hamhuis, who appeared in all nine tournament games for Canada, was scoreless with two shots on goal in 17:45 of ice time, but skated a game-high 8:49 during the third period. Hamhuis finished the tournament with one goal, one assist, and a +6 rating, scoring Canada's first goal of the tournament in the 5-1 win over Slovenia on May 2.

In the Gold Medal Game, Russia struck first with Alexander Semin scoring 1:23 into the game off assists from Ovechkin and Fedorov. Canada answered back 2:31 later on a Brett Burns goal. Chris Kunitz's unassisted goal midway through the first period gave the Canadians their first lead of the game. Burns extended the advantage to two goals with a five-on-three power-play marker later in the opening frame.

Semin netted his second of the game, a power-play goal 1:14 into the second period to bring the Russians within one. Dany Heatley scored his tournament-high 12th goal midway through the second stanza to push Canada's lead back to two goals.

Semin setup Alexei Tereshchenko midway through the third period to pull the Russians with in one at 4-3 Canada. Kovalchuk's late game heroics pulled out the win for Russia.

Where The Preds Ranked:
• The eight player Predators contingent (4 forwards, 4 defensemen) combined to score 18 goals and 35 points, including 4 game-winning goals, 5 power-play goals, and 3 shorthanded goals. Two of the Preds contingent led his team in goals, Patric Hornqvist of Sweden (6 goals) and Antti Pihlstrom of Finland (5 goals).
Antti Pihlstrom (Finland) led the Predators contingent with 7 points, tied for 23rd in the tournament with the likes of Eric Staal, Ales Kotalik, and Radim Vrbata. Dany Heatley lead the tournament with 20 points.
Patric Hornqvist (Sweden) led the Predators contingent with 6 goals, tied for second in the tournament behind Heatley's 12. Pihlstrom's 5 goals were tied for eighth in the tournament
• Pihlstrom was tied for 14th in the tournament with a +7 plus/minus rating. Dan Hamhuis was tied for 16th with a +6 plus/minus rating.
• Marek Zidlicky (Czech Republic) was tied for 11th in the tournament in points by a defenseman with 5. Janne Niskala (Finland) was tied for 14th in points by a defenseman with 4.

Preds Scoring at the World Championships

Martin Erat (CZE) - 7 gp, 2g-4a, 18 shots, 1 GWG, 1 SHG
Preliminary Round
May 2 DEN (5-2 W) - 0g-0a, 3 shots, 20:10 ice time
May 4 RUS (4-5 OTL) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 20:46 ice time
May 6 ITA (7-2 W) - 1g-2a, 2 shots, 15:03 ice time (scored game's opening goal, assisted on game-winning goal)
Qualifying Round
May 8 SUI (5-0 W) - 1g-1a, 1 shot, 16:53 ice time (game-winning, shorthanded goal)
May 10 BLR (3-2 SOW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 18:25 ice time (had potential OT goal waived off due to offsides call)
May 11 SWE (3-5 L) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 18:20 (assist on goal to tie score 1-1)
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. SWE (2-3 OTL) - 0g-0a, 6 shots, 19:19 ice time
 
Dan Hamhuis (CAN) - 9 gp, 1g-1a, 9 shots
Preliminary Round
May 2 SLO (5-1 W) - 1g-0a, 2 shots, 17:47 ice time (scored game's opening goal)
May 4 LAT (7-0 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 14:09 ice time
May 6 USA (5-4 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 19:21 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 8 NOR (2-1 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 14:40 ice time
May 10 GER (10-1 W) - 0g-1a, 1 shot, 14:29 ice time (assisted on game-winning goal)
May 12 FIN (6-3 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 21:01 ice time
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. NOR (8-2 W) - 0g-0a, 2shots, 19:07 ice time
May 16 Semifinals vs. SWE (5-4 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 21:52 ice time (team-high ice time)
May 18 Gold Medal Game vs. RUS (4-5 OTL) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 17:45 ice time (game-high 8:49 ice time in third period)

Patric Hornqvist (SWE) - 9 gp, 6g-0a, 38 shots, 1 GWG, 3 PPG, 1 SHG
Preliminary Round
May 3 BLR (6-5 W) - 2g-0a, 9 shots, 15:41 ice time (tied score at 3-3 & 5-5)**
May 5 FRA (9-0 W) - 1g-0a, 6 shots, 14:34 ice time (leads tournament with 15 shots)
May 7 SUI (2-4 L) - 1g-0a, 4 shots, 17:23 ice time (leads tournament with 19 shots)
Qualifying Round
May 8 DEN (8-1 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 16:09 ice time
May 10 RUS (2-3 L) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 15:36 ice time
May 11 CZE (5-3 W) - 1g-0a, 3 shots, 16:45 ice time (game-winning goal)
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. CZE (3-2 OTW) - 1g-0a, 6 shots, 21:07 ice time
May 16 Semifinals vs. CAN (4-5 L) - 0g-0a, 3 shots, 16:53 ice time
May 17 Bronze Medal Game vs. FIN (0-4 L) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 15:11 ice time

Ville Koistinen (FIN) - 9 gp, 1g-1a, 7 shots
Preliminary Round
May 3 GER (5-1 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 17:26 ice time
May 5 NOR (3-2 OTW) - 0g-1a, 0 shots, 13:43 ice time (assist on game's opening goal)
May 7 SVK (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 13:14 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 LAT (2-1 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 16:05 ice time
May 11 USA (3-2 W) - 1g-0a, 4 shots, 20:13 ice time (scored team's first goal in comeback from 0-2 deficit)
May 12 CAN (3-6 L) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 20:49 ice time
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. USA (3-2 OTW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 15:03 ice time
May 16 Semifinals vs. RUS (0-4 L) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 15:47 ice time
May 17 Bronze Medal Game vs. SWE (4-0 W) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 16:17 ice time

Janne Niskala (FIN) - 9 gp, 2g-2a, 12 shots, 1 PPG

Preliminary Round
May 3 GER (5-1 W) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 18:29 (assist on game's opening goal)
May 5 NOR (3-2 OTW) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 17:11 ice time
May 7 SVK (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 13:29 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 LAT (2-1 W) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 11:51 ice time
May 11 USA (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 3 shots, 14:53 ice time
May 12 CAN (3-6 L) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 4:12 ice time
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. USA (3-2 OTW) - 1g-0a, 1 shot, 5:24 ice time
May 16 Semifinals vs. RUS (0-4 L) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 6:18 ice time
May 17 Bronze Medal Game vs. SWE (4-0 W) - 1g-0a, 1 shot, 9:52 ice time

Antti Pihlstrom (FIN) - 9 gp, 5g-2a, 22 shots, 1 GWG, 1 SHG
Preliminary Round
May 3 GER (5-1 W) - 0g-1a, 4 shots, 10:30
May 5 NOR (3-2 OTW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 7:03 ice time
May 7 SVK (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 14:40 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 LAT (2-1 W) - 1g-1a, 2 shots, 9:59 ice time (scored game-tying goal, assisted on game-winning goal)**
May 11 USA (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 11:57 ice time
May 12 CAN (3-6 L) - 2g-0a, 4 shots, 15:28 ice time**
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. USA (3-2 OTW) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 12:23 ice time
May 16 Semifinals vs. RUS (0-4 L) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 13:55 ice time
May 17 Bronze Medal Game vs. SWE (4-0 W) - 2g-0a, 2 shots, 12:52 ice time (game's opening goal)

Alexander Radulov (RUS) - 6 gp, 0g-3a, 13 shots
Preliminary Round
May 2 ITA (7-1 W) - DNP
May 4 CZE (5-4 OTW) - 0g-0a, 0 shots, 6:09 ice time
May 6 DEN (4-1 W) - 0g-1a, 4 shots, 12:00 ice time
Qualifying Round
May 9 BLR (4-3 SOW) - DNP
May 10 SWE (3-2 W) - 0g-0a, 4 shots, 12:58 ice time
May 12 SUI (5-3 W) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 13:15 ice time (assisted on game's opening goal)
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. SUI (6-0 W) - DNP
May 16 Semifinals vs. FIN (4-0 W) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 11:44 ice time
May 18 Gold Medal Game vs. CAN (5-4 OTW) - 0g-1a, 2 shots, 8:56 ice time (assisted on overtime forcing goal late in P3)

Marek Zidlicky (CZE) - 7 gp, 1g-4a, 19 shots, 1 GWG, 1 PPG
Preliminary Round
May 2 DEN (5-2 W) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 22:33 ice time
May 4 RUS (4-5 OTL) - 0g-2a, 5 shots, 25:48 ice time
May 6 ITA (7-2 W) - 1g-1a, 3 shots, 21:48 ice time (game-winning goal)**
Qualifying Round
May 8 SUI (5-0 W) - 0g-1a, 3 shots, 23:36 ice time
May 10 BLR (3-2 SOW) - 0g-0a, 1 shot, 28:08 ice time (led all skaters in ice time)
May 11 SWE (3-5 L) - 0g-0a, 3 shots, 23:44 ice time
Medal Round
May 14 Quarterfinals vs. SWE (2-3 OTL) - 0g-0a, 2 shots, 24:13 ice time

** denotes - named his team's Best Player of the Game
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