MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. The Finnish national ice hockey team breezed past the Danish squad on Thursday afternoon in Russia’s St. Petersburg with 5-1 victory in the quarterfinal match of the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
Unstoppable Finland, which roamed into the knock-out stage with a perfect record of winning all of its seven matches in round-robin, began the encounter with the Danish squad by opening the score late in the opening period.
Following the break, it took the Finns less than two minutes to put another puck into the goal of the Danish squad.
It appeared that being blanked by the Finnish team was not an option for the Danish team, which played in the World Championship’s playoffs for the last time way back in 2010. Assisted by Mads Christensen, Denmark’s Lars Eller scored a goal shooting a puck behind Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen.
It took seven minutes for the Finnish squad to bring back their two points dominance over Danes, when Patrik Laine’s shot found its way behind Danish netminder Sebastian Dahm to leave the final second period score at 3-1.
With less than three minutes remaining before the final buzzer, the Danish coach decided in favor of the sixth field player removing the goaltender and Finland’s Jussi Jokinen took the opportunity to score an open netter. Twenty seconds later Mikael Granlund scored another goal to bring the score to impressive 5-1.
In a series of the Last Eight round matches on Thursday, another match was played simultaneously in Moscow between team USA and the Czech Republic.
Two more qualifiers will be played later in the day with hosts Russia playing against the German squad, while reigning world champions Canada will be testing in St. Petersburg titled squad from Sweden.
Finland will play in the semifinal match on Saturday against the winner of tonight’s Russia-Germany clash.
The matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship are held in the Russian capital of Moscow and in the country’s second largest city of St. Petersburg between May 6 and 22. A total of 16 national teams, qualified to play in the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
During the knock-out stage the stadiums in Moscow and St. Petersburg will each host two matches of the quarterfinals round, while both semifinals, the match for the third place and the final are scheduled to be held at the 12,000-seat VTB Ice Palace in Moscow.
This is the 7th IIHF World Championship held in Russia as it was hosted by Moscow five times, namely in 1957, 1973, 1979, 1986 and 2007, and once by St. Petersburg in 2000.