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Russia's winning streak continued Wednesday as they creamed the Czechs 4-0 in the 2007 Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinals to secure a place in the semis
With a seventh straight victory at the tournament in Moscow the Russian team repaid the Czechs for edging Russia out 4-3 in overtime in the 2006 World Championship quarterfinals in Riga, Latvia. The first goal of the match was scored by Russian defender Andrei Markov with just six minutes in the first period. But the 1-0 score remained unchanged until the third period when forward Yevgeny Malkin, from NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, scored another point only a few seconds into the start of the period. The second goal seemed to boost Russia's confidence as the advantage over the Czechs was later secured by two more goals, one from forward Alexander Radulov and another again from Malkin. But despite Malkin's two goals Russia's goaltender Alexander Yeremenko was named man of the match as he kept the goal locked tight against a heavy onslaught by the Czechs averting 27 attempted goals. Vladislav Tretyak, the president of the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF) and three-time Olympic champion, praised Yeremenko's game, but said he was still not at the same level of class as Yevgeni Nabokov from NHL's San Jose Sharks, who was expected to arrive Thursday to join the Russian team in the knockout stage. But late Wednesday night the RHF's press service announced that Nabokov would not be able to play for the team in Moscow due to family reasons. The Russian team will now play May 12 the winner of Thursday's encounter between the United States and Finland, while Sweden, which also moved into the semifinals after beating Wednesday Slovakia 7-4, will meet Saturday with the winner of the Canada-Switzerland match. Although the Russian team is currently ranked 5th in the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), Russian hockey fans are pinning great hopes on their national team, which has not won the championship for 13 years. However, Russians consider Moscow a lucky venue bringing gold to the Soviet Union team in 1973, 1979 and 1986 - the last three times the Russian capital hosted the World Championship.
Print Russia's winning streak continued Wednesday as they creamed the Czechs 4-0 in the 2007 Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinals to secure a place in the semis Bookmark Russia's winning streak continued Wednesday as they creamed the Czechs 4-0 in the 2007 Ice Hockey World Championship quarterfinals to secure a place in the semis

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