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June 25, 2021

Russia thrashes Denmark at hockey Worlds

Russia continues to dominate at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Germany, beating Denmark 6-1 for their fifth win in five games, rt.com informs. The Red Machine’s reinforcements from the NHL – Evgeny Malkin, Sergey Gonchar and Pavel Datsyuk – appeared on the ice for the first time at the tournament, playing a significant part in their team’s win. Vyacheslav Bykov’s men scored two unanswered goals in the first period. The first came through Datsyuk and the second was scored by Aleksandr Ovechkin, when Russia was playing with a man down. Ovechkin has so far scored in every one of his appearances at the World Championships. The Danes got one back at the start of the second 20 minutes, with Mads Christensen converting a powerplay. Datsyuk delivered two more to complete his hat-trick, with Malkin and Nikolay Kulemin also adding their names to the scoreboard.

The Russian team has guaranteed itself first place in Group E in the World Championships qualifying round, racking up 12 points and a +10 goal difference. They will meet the fourth team from Group F in the quarterfinals, but first they have to face Finland in their last group game on Tuesday, May 18. Denmark sits with six points and still has a good chance of reaching the playoffs.

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