Russian hockey coach makes throat-slash gesture at Sweden bench (Video)

Things got awfully heated between opposing head coaches as Russia faced Sweden in a semi-final game at the IIHF World Championships.

Russian coach Oleg Znarok and Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg exchanged several unpleasantries from their respective benches as the two proud men eyed each other down with the most evil of stares.

You can’t make out exactly what they’re saying, but considering the looks on their faces, you know it couldn’t have been anything good.

Znarok even brought his hand up and did a throat-slash gesture at Gronborg.

Russia defeated Sweden with a 3-1 victory after goals from Sergei Plotnikov, Sergei Shirokov and Anton Belov. They outshot Sweden 34-23.

It was Russia’s ninth-straight win in the tournament.

The team will now go on to play Finland in Sunday’s final after Finland defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 in the other semi-final. It will be their second championship in three years if they can pull it off.

There’s no word yet if Znarok will face a suspension for his actions.

The only place a throat-slash gesture is acceptable is when Undertaker is setting an opponent up for a tombstone piledriver at a WrestleMania pay-per-view. On the ice, it’s just plain wrong.

Unless Znarok is planning on challenging “The Deadman” at the grandest stage of them all, I suggest he keep the slashing to himself.

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