Saturday, May 19, 2012
Russia's Evgeni Malkin has hat trick
HELSINKI -- Russia and Slovakia will meet in the world hockey championship final Sunday for the first time since the Slovaks won their only title a decade ago against the Russians.
After Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick to lead Russia to a 6-2 rout of host Finland, Slovak forward Miroslav Satan scored twice to help beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in the second semifinal Saturday.
Malkin, the NHL regular-season scoring king for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, scored twice in the first period against defending champion Finland and completed the hat trick in the second period.
The crowd threw red hats on the ice to celebrate.
"I have never experienced such things," Malkin said. "It was fantastic to see."
Satan scored his first goal at 15:52 in the first period on a power play, and scored his second at 0:56 in the third period. Forward Jiri Hudacek added another at 4:56.
Michael Frolik scored for the Czechs at 10:45, tying the game at 1-1.
Finland opened the scoring when defender Janne Niskalas deflected a shot from the point at 7:28, but Malkin evened the score at 15:33, and connected from the slot at 19:06 on a power play.
Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals made it 3-1, and Malkin's slap shot completed his hat trick at 17:46 in the second period.
In the third period, Denis Kokarev and Sergei Shirokov increased the lead to 6-1. Mikael Granlund scored Finland's second goal with four minutes left.
Before Malkin's third goal, he lost his balance and smashed into the boards by a charging Joonas Jarvinen. The Finland defenseman was penalized for tripping. Malkin left the ice holding his right arm, but came back after six minutes.
"I was lucky, I was going at high speed and could not evade the contact," Malkin said. "But our doctor gave my hand some freezing treatment, and I could continue."