COPENHAGEN, May 10. /TASS/. Russia lost 3:4 to Czech Republic in the group stage of the the 2018 IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) World Championship, which runs in Denmark on May 4-20.
The score was opened on the second minute into the first period with a goal from Russia’s Nikita Nesterov. Mikhail Grigorenko and Alexander Barabanov also scored for Russia on the 22nd and 26th minute, respectively.
David Krejcн (15), Dmitrij Jaskin (19) and David Pastrnak (25, 64) scored for the Czech team.
Thursday’s game ended Russia’s record clean sheet series for a world championship, which lasted 194 minute and 30 seconds. The Russians, who are the reigning Olympic champions, enjoyed confident wins in their previous three opening group stage matches of this world championship, first beating France 7-0, then defeating team Austria with the same winning score of 7-0 and subsequently defeating Belarus 6-0.
Currently, Russia is ranked second in its Group A (shared with France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland, Slovakia and Sweden) with ten points and will be playing its next group stage match on May 12 against the squad from Switzerland.
Group B includes the national teams from Finland, the United States, Canada, Norway, Germany, Denmark, Latvia and South Korea. The four best teams from each group will make it into the quarterfinals, due on May 17.
The semifinals will take place on May 19. The final and the bronze medal match are due on May 20.