Russian hockey players qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals.
Russian hockey players qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals in Riga, by defeating Sweden 3-2 on penalties. This result boosted the teams of Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic simultaneously. Earlier, the Czechs won, also after a penalty shootout, with Denmark 2: 1.
The Swedes had a slight advantage in the game with the Russians (30-26 shots on target), but after 60 minutes and five minutes of extra time, the draw remained 2: 2. The penalty kick was won by the Russians 3-2, and the winning goal was scored by the Saint striker. Petersburg Veteran. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Swedes and the Danes finished their performances in Group A, where they finished fifth and sixth. The seventh or eighth will be occupied by the British or Belarusians.
The situation in Group B is more complicated, as the Americans concluded their promotion on Monday after a 2–0 win over Germany. Jason Robertson of the Dallas Stars scored the first goal at the end of the second half, as New York Rangers’ Colin Blackwell settled the score, and the puck sent the ball to an empty goal 27 seconds before the warning siren. The day before, the defending Finns had booked their place in the quarter-finals.
The Kazakh national team, which beat Finland, Latvia, Germany and Italy in the tournament in Riga, can follow in the footsteps of the US national team. But on Monday evening, the Kazakh lost to Norway 1: 3 and ended the match in the group stage. At the moment, they are third in the table, but Canadians, as well as Germans or Latvians may overtake them. On Tuesday, everything will be decided in Canada-Finland and Latvia-Germany.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s championships were canceled, and in 2021 the competition will be held only at the highest level. This means that no elite team will be left behind and that the same teams will play the World Cup next year in Finland.
The Poles performed at the elite for the last time in 2002. They are currently at the third level of the game.
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