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Russia in 5th Place in its own game
Russia closed the 2004 World U20 Championship with a 3-2 win over Slovakia and a fifth-place finish in a chippy game in Helsinki. With the loss, Slovakia finishes in sixth place. The first period was quiet as Slovak goaltender Jaroslav Halak kept his team in the game with eight saves. Slovakia had to kill off three penalties during the period. Russia got rolling three minutes into the second period when Dimitry Kazionov scored with a shot from the face-off circle on a screened Halak. The Russians made it a 2-0 game just over a minute later when Alexander Semin scored with a wrist shot just in front of the crease. Semin was named Russia's top player of the game. Slovakia fought its way to within one goal with a power-play tally when Branislav Fabry scored with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that slipped beneath Denis Khudyakov's pads. Russia's special teams provided the next goal midway through the third period when Alexander Ovechkin scored on a four-on-three chance, firing from the point. Slovakia kept it close, netting a goal 1:30 later as Fabry struck again just as time expired on a Russia power play. Russia gave Slovakia a chance to get back in the game when Alexander Ovechkin was whistled for elbowing and a game misconduct, giving the Slovaks a five-minute power play. Slovakia never found its rhythm with the extra man and failed to take advantage of the opportunity as Russia held on for the 3-2 win.
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