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Hockey worlds: Russia wins gold; Hawks' Frolik gets bronze

STOCKHOLM -- Alexander Syomin scored twice and Yevgeni Malkin netted another as Russia romped to a 6-2 victory over Slovakia in the final of the world ice hockey championship in Helsinki on Sunday.

Malkin scored in the dying minutes to take his personal tally to 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) as the Russians, unbeaten in the tournament, claimed their fourth world crown.

Underdogs Slovakia, with just a single world championship from 2002 to their name, shocked the Russians as Zdeno Chara slammed home a slapshot to give them the lead after only one minute.

But Russia were not about to be denied and they combined speed and teak-tough tackling to take control.

Syomin put the Russians back on level terms midway through the first period and they followed up with a breathtaking three-goal burst in the second.

Alexander Perezhogin put them ahead, backhanding to an empty net as the Slovak defense struggled to keep up.

Alexi Tereshenko then made a lightning exchange of passes with Sergei Shirokov before firing home to make it 3-1.

Syomin stepped back into the limelight to score his second as the Slovaks gave up possession cheaply in their own zone.

A quick pass inside allowed the Washington Capitals wing to go one-on-one with Jan Laco in the Slovakian goal before finding the net.

Pavel Datsyuk increased the Russian lead before Boston Bruins defender Chara scored his and Slovakia's second on a power-play.

All that was left was for Malkin to get his name on the score-sheet, which he duly did with two minutes to go.

The Pittsburgh Penguins center picked up the puck around his own blue line before weaving forward and hammering home his final shot of the tournament.

In the bronze medal match, Finland flopped once again in front of their home fans, losing 3-2 to the Czech Republic and the Blackhawks' Michael Frolik.

The Czechs fired three goals in the first period to leave the Finns on the ropes and lead 3-1 at the first break.

With the match slipping away, the Finns came to life in the third, exerting massive pressure and out-shooting the Czechs by a margin of 14-1.

Jussi Jokinen pulled one back midway through the period but the Finns could not find another goal to force overtime.
This is how my Wings Players did!

Here is a look at how the Detroit Red Wings representatives are doing at the World Hockey Championships thus far through Day 5:

Team USA:

Justin Abdelkader is pointless through 3 games and is a minus-one while averaging 13:38 in ice time.

Jimmy Howard has played all 3 games for Team USA and is sporting a 2-1 record with a 2.98 GAA and .897 save percentage.

Team Sweden

Niklas Kronwall has one goal and a plus-one through three games while averaging 21:05 in ice-time.

Henrik Zetterberg has four assists and a plus-two through three games while averaging 19:31 in ice-time.

Johan Franzen has a goal and three assists and is even through three games while averaging 19:07 in ice-time.

Prospect Calle Jarnkrok has an assist in three games and is even while averaging 12:31 in ice-time per game.

Jonathan Ericsson has only played one game and is dealing with a minor injury (bruised SI joint).

Team Slovakia

Tomas Tatar has 1 goal and is even in 4 games while averaging 12:47 in ice-time.

Team Russia

Pavel Datsyuk has 1 goal and is even through 3 games while averaging 16:03 in ice-time.

Team Finland

Valteri Filppula has 2 goals and is +2 through 3 games while averaging 18:28 in ice-time.

Team Canada

Kyle Quincey is a plus-two through two games while averaging 12:46 in ice-time.