Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov scored his second goal of the tournament as host country Russia defeated the Czech Republic 4-0 in a quarterfinal match at the IIHF World Championship in Moscow Wednesday. That ends the tournament run for the Czech Republic, a team that features Predators defenseman Marek Zidlicky and prospect Petr Hubacek, while Russia moves on to a Saturday, May 12 semfinal game against the winner of Thursday's USA-Finland quarterfinal.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored twice and added an assist for Russia Wednesday. Radulov's goal was sandwiched between Malkin's two tallies, comprising a three-goal third period that broke open a 1-0 game. Goaltender Alexander Eremenko stopped all 27 shots he faced to record the shutout. Three of those shots came from the stick of Zidlicky, who finished the tournament with 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists) in seven games. Hubacek, meanwhile, was pointless in seven games.
In Wednesday's other game, Nashville defensive prospect Richard Stehlik posted an assist for Slovakia in a 7-4 loss to Sweden. Predators prospect Patric Hornqvist was scoreless for Sweden, which advances to face the winner of the Canada-Switzerland quarterfinal.
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