Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin bounced back from his one game suspension to scored what turned out to be the winning goal in Russia’s 5-2 win over Norway at the World Championships in Stockholm.
Emelin made it 3-2 Russia 55 seconds into the third, taking a Pavel Datsyuk pass near the blueline, using Lars Erik Spets as a decoy, and floating a high shot over the Norwegian goaltender’s glove. It was Emelin’s second goal of the tournament. In seven games he has 2 goals, 2 assists and is plus-9. In his previous 27 games at the World Championships he registered only 2 goals and 3 assissts. Emelin plays on a Russian five man unit that includes Datsyuk and Alexander Ovechkin.
Russia will play Finland in the semi-final on Saturday. The defending champion Finns scored with nine seconds remaining to beat the United States 3-2. Team USA’s leading scorer Max Pacioretty failed to register a point.
The Czech Republic will play Slovakia in the other semi-final. The Czechs, led by Milan Michalek’s goal with 29 seconds remaining upset Sweden 3-2. Michalek also had two assists. Tomas Plekanec, although centering Michalek in the game, was held off the scoresheet. Slovakia upset Canada 4-3.