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Russia exacts revenge on Finland en route to World Championship title

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At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Finland upset the favored Russia; eliminating the hosts in the quarterfinal by a score of 3-1. On Sunday, Russia was able to exact a little revenge.

After falling behind 2-0 in the gold medal game, Russia used a potent powerplay to score five unanswered goals and capture the 2014 World Championship.

"It's a different tournament [than the Olympics], but it's great to win it," said Russian forward Nikolai Kulyomin. "We were all coming here to win. The Russian team is always playing to win."

Russia was 4-for-8 with the man advantage, with captain Alexander Ovechkin netting the team's only even strength tally. Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Russia; as did Sergei Shirokov, Danis Zaripov and Viktor Tikhonov. A former NHLer with the Phoenix Coyotes, Tikhonov led the tournament in scoring with 16 points in 10 games.

The crowed was heavily pro-Russian, as the arena in Minsk, Belarus is only around 400 miles from the Russian border. This led many to question whether the referees favored Russia as well.

"You can make your own judgments about the referees today," said Finnish captain Olli Jokinen. "We have to stay out of the penalty box. I thought we played well 5-on-5, but they took advantage of the power play. They are a good team. You give them enough power play chances and they are going to score."

Russia was undefeated in 10 tournament games. They last won the tournament in 2012. Sweden (last year’s champion), finished third; beating the Czech Republic in the bronze medal game. After that contest, legendary Czech forward Jaromir Jagr retired from international competition.

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