Russia wins hockey world championship
May 21, 2012
Russia recently bested Slovakia in the world hockey championships to take the title on Sunday. The national team, which consisted of many different professional NHL players, beat their opponents six to two, scoring three goals in the second period, according to The Associated Press.
At first, the game looked like it could have wound up being Slovakia's win, as the team scored their first goal within 60 seconds of the start. However, Russia went on to put the puck into Slovakia's net six times and only allowed one more to slip past their defense, RIA Novosti reports.
"We are the Big Red Machine just now," defender Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs told the AP of his national team. "But without Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk in would be very hard to score all those goals. And Evgeni Malkin, what can you say? He's the best player in the world for sure."
Evgeni Malkin, who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins, was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Over the competition, Malkin scored 11 goals - one of which was in the final game against Slovakia. Aleksander Semin, Pavek Datsyuk, Aleksey Tereshchenko and Aleksander Perezhogin also scored for Russia.