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MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. Reigning world champions Russia confidently barged into the semifinals of the 2015 Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic following their 5-3 victory against long-time rivals Sweden on Thursday night.
The Russian squad received the power play advantage early in the opening period but failed to make use of it. However, two more Swedish players were sent to the penalty booth for various reasons in the middle of the period and Russia was there to take the advantage after Sergei Mozyakin’s wrist shot ricocheted of the post into the left upper corner of the Swedish goal.
With less than five minutes remaining into the opening period, Russia’s Sergey Shirokov was quick enough to shove the puck into the Swedish goal before the Tre Kroner’s goalkeeper Jhonas Enroth could cover it with his glove.
It took the referees some time to watch the playback of the Russian attack before they confirmed the goal of Shirokov. The goal was scored from the assist of Vyacheslav Tikhonov, who was named the best player of the last year’s World Championship in Belarus.
"Nothing has been done yet and 40 minutes still remain in the match," Shirokov told the Russian ORT television channel before retreating for the break after the first period. "We are following the instructions of our coach. The most interesting is ahead of us because Sweden is a very dignified opponent."
Shirokov’s words proved to be right as Russian forward Yevgeny Malkin cannoned the puck in the Swedish goal with less than a minute into the opening of the second period.
However, his goal was answered in the middle of the period, when Sweden’s John Klinberg put the puck behind Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovski with the assist from his teammate Anton Lander.
With less than four opening minutes into the third period Lander found an unprotected spot in Bobrovski’s stronghold to shrink the score to 2-3. His teammate Loui Eriksson successfully charged the Russian goal less than ten minutes later with a powerful shot to tie the score at 3-3.
It was Russia’s Yevgeny Malkin from NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins to put his squad ahead over Tre Kronor on the 56th minute of the game.
Three minutes later Russia’s Vladimir Tarasenko was sliding flat belly-bottom on the ice using his stick at the very last moment to shove the puck into the empty goal of the Swedish team, as the head coach of Tre Kronor squad opted for six players on the ice and removed the goaltender.