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Russia grabs world hockey champs title, crushes Finland 5-2

Published time: May 25, 2014 20:25
Edited time: May 27, 2014 07:59

Russia's head coach Oleg Znarok (L) and Alexander Ovechkin celebrate with the trophy after winning their men's ice hockey World Championship final game, May 25, 2014. (RIA Novosti / Alexei Kudenko)

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Russia’s national ice hockey squad has defeated team Finland 5-2 in the battle for the gold at the 2014 World Hockey Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

This is Russia’s fifth world title since the collapse of the Soviet Union and 28th counting the victories of the Red Machine.

Following a disappointing failure at the Sochi Olympics – when the Russian team was bounced from the Games following a loss to Finland in the quarterfinals – the squad made a triumphant comeback at the World Championship.

The Russians got to the final unbeaten, taking 2013 champs, the Swedes 3-1. Sweden completed the podium, beating Czech Republic 3-0 in the bronze match of the championship.

Olympic Champs Canada were eliminated in quarter-final play after a defeat to Finland.

Russian forward Viktor Tikhonov has become the top scorer and sniper at the championship, scoring eight goals and assisting his partners eight times during the 10 matches, flawlessly won by the Russian team. Another two Russian players – Danis Zaripov and Sergey Plotnikov – were the second and third top scorers of the tournament.

Russia's Viktor Tikhonov (R) passes in front of Finland's Atte Ohtamaa during the second period of their men's ice hockey World Championship final game at Minsk Arena in Minsk May 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Russia's Yevgeni Malkin (L) challenges Finland's goalie Pekka Rinne during the first period of their men's ice hockey World Championship final game at Minsk Arena in Minsk May 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Russia's Alexander Ovechkin celebrates after scoring a goal against Finland during the second period of their men's ice hockey World Championship final game at Minsk Arena in Minsk May 25, 2014. (Reuters / Vasily Fedosenko)

Comments (54)

 

Natalya Ramirez 28.05.2014 14:52

People you just have to admit it, Russia is the best and will be! Very proud.

 

mark green 27.05.2014 12:00

It wasn't a crushing was it... I turned off last minute & assume the last goal was an empty netter.
As for losing earlier games. In 2006 Finland went undefeated to Olympic final. If a tean qualifies you can't then moan if they get better in the knockoit phases... Thats it.... a fair opinion I think.

 

mark green 27.05.2014 12:00

I have to confess I lived in Finland for 3 years and must have seen about 200 games over that period, there in US, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden etc...Always liked Russia and their anthem! My observation is that it was a shame the ref did seem to make too many calls for Russia.
Would have liked to see more even handed contest.
Finland did well considering Russia had their superstars where as Finland had to call on 39 year olds who hadn't competed at this level for 10 years.

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