A different night, yet the same heroes emerged for Russia.
After scoring the goals for Russia in their shootout victory over Slovakia on Sunday; Alexander Radulov and Ilya Kovalchuk came up big again during Tuesday's game to help Russia get into the quarterfinals.
Radulov got the scoring started in the second period, taking the puck out front from behind the net and sniping it past Norwegian netminder Lars Haugen.
Next it was Kovalchuk’s turn, as he took a rebound and placed it into the back of the net to stake Russia to a 2-0 lead. Again, the play was made by Radulov; who had taken the original shot. Adding an empty-netter to finish the contest with three points, Radulov proved more than up to task when Russia needed him the most.
"Radulov doesn't need to prove anyting to anyone", said Kovalchuk of Radulov. "He is usually very energetic, he moves a lot and creates opportunities. He is a good player."
Russia also pitched a shutout defensively for the second straight game; although this time it was Sergei Bobrovsky in net, casting aside all 22 shots from Norway.
Alexei Tereshenko added a goal in the final minute to give Russia a 4-0 lead; and that’s how it would end. Russia will now move on to face Finland in the quarterfinals on Wednesday; while Norway’s tournament is now over.