TORONTO -- Pavel Datsyuk, Alex Kovalev, Sergei Samsonov,
Alexei Yashin and Alexander Ovechkin scored to help Russia beat
Slovakia 5-2 on Sunday night in the final preliminary game in the
World Cup of Hockey.
Russia finished second in the North American pool of round-robin
play and will meet the United States in a quarterfinal game in St.
Paul, Minn., on Tuesday.
Russia dominated the Americans in a 3-1 victory last Thursday in
"I'm not sure if they took us lightly, but I'm pretty sure they
are going to ready for us," Samsonov said.
Last-place Slovakia will play first-place Canada in the North
American Division's other quarterfinal game in Toronto on Wednesday
"We haven't won a game yet so we have to come out against
Canada with nothing to lose," defenseman Zdeno Chara said.
The Russians rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Canada on Saturday and
finished 2-1 in round-robin play. They beat Slovakia despite being
Datsyuk opened the scoring with a one-timer from the circle at
8:40 of the first period, but Hossa tied it just over two minutes
later with a wide-open shot from the side of the net.
Kovalev intercepted a pass at the blue line and scored at 12:01
of the second, and Samsonov gave Russia a 3-1 lead three minutes
Yashin made it 4-1 just 54 seconds into the third. Gaborik cut
it to 4-2 at 5:47 after intercepting a pass by defenseman Andrei
But Ovechkin, the top pick in the NHL draft, made it 5-2 just
under two minutes later. The Washington Capitals' draft choice was
a healthy scratch in Russia's first two games.