Russia rolled over Finland, 5-0, getting goals by five different players and a shutout by Semyon Varlamov. Ilya Kovalchuk got two assists and Maxim Afinogenov a goal and an assist.
“With the new rules it is all about special teams and I think our penalty killing was great and the power play worked tonight. It is important for the quarterfinal,” Kovalchuk said.
The last time Russia left a World Championship rink as a loser was in Moscow in 2007 when they lost to the Finns 2-1 in overtime. Since then, the team has raked in 23 wins. Before their game against Finland. Now the win count is 24.
Finland started the game strong, they came out of the gate like they meant business. And they did. Finland pressured the Russian defencemen, and created several good scoring chances. Unfortunately for the Finns, when it was time to put the puck to the back of the net, they hit the post instead. Four times.
“They played very well in the beginning,” Kovalchuk admitted.