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World Hockey Championship results 2014: Russia defeats Finland for gold medal

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Russia won its second title in three years after defeating Finland 5-2 in the gold medal game of the IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus on Sunday.

This is the country’s fifth title since the collapse of the Soviet Union and its fourth in the last seven years (2008, 2009 and 2012).

It was redemption for the Russians after losing at the Sochi Olympics to Finland in the quarterfinals by a score of 3-1, regrouping from that defeat at the World Championship.

Forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin both scored for Russia. Ovechkin tied the game at 2-2 in the second period while Malkin nailed the go-ahead goal on a power play. Viktor Tikhonov, Sergei Shirokov and Danis Zaripov also chipped in goals.

The team boasted just the sixth-best power play (20.83) in the tournament, yet they still managed to score four goals with a man advantage in this game.

Iiro Pakarinen and Olli Palola both scored for Finland. Pekka Rinne, the tournament MVP, couldn’t stop the onslaught of Russia’s offense in net as his team got outshot 39-26.

Russian head coach Oleg Znarok was suspended for the festivities after making a throat-slash gesture at Swedish coach Rikard Gronborg in the semifinals.

President Vladimir Putin, as well as Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko, were both in attendance.

Sweden defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 earlier in the day to claim the Bronze medal.

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