Russia and Finland in the semifinals

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Record world champion Russia and Finland at the ice hockey world Cup in the round of the best Four. Especially Russian Stars from the NHL make all the difference. The US-Boys from Finland to many opportunities.

In the semi-finals! While the Finns in Cologne with a 2:0 (0:0, 1:0, 1:0)-victory in the quarter-finals have finished, the gold hopes of young Americans abruptly, defeated the Sbornaja in Paris, the Czech Republic, with 3:0 (2:0, 0:0, 1:0). By the twelve times world champion missed the opportunity, as in 2001 and 2010 in Germany, the world Cup-to get the title. In the semi-finals on Saturday in Cologne could get to do the Russians even with the German Team, and where defending champion Canada the Sensation to succeed. Finland is fighting, meanwhile, either against Switzerland or Sweden for a place in the final on Sunday.

“We had in the first round in pressure. So we knew now, we have to deal with it,” said Finland’s young star Sebastian Aho of the Carolina Hurricanes: “We have a lot of energy, rest now for a day and are then ready for the semi-finals.” In a troubled game, with little scoring chances, the Finns used at the beginning of the second round by NHL Pro Mikko Rantanen of the Colorado Avalanche, a Majority of the leadership against the US-Americans (22.). Joonas Kemppainen (47.) the collapse of the American NHL picks sealed after a beautiful combination with Aaltonen in front of nearly 9,000 spectators. The Finns are against it for the sixth Time in seven years among the best Four.

The reason for the departure of the United States, especially the strong defense of the Finns. “They’ve defensively done a good Job in the neutral Zone well covered,” said U.S. goalie Jimmy Howard. Despite the high talent density, the youngest Team of the tournament took place in a duel with Finland to rare to dangerous degrees.

The Stars meet for Russia

Like the Finns, the Russians against the Czech Republic came through their NHL Stars to victory. Dmitry Orlov (9.) of the Washington Capitals, Nikita Kutscherow (14.) of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Artemy Panarin (54.) of the Chicago Blackhawks, the goals for the 27-time title winner, was moved to the group stage for the round of the last Eight of Cologne in the French capital achieved prior to 6209 visitors in Paris. With their noisy Fans in the back, the Russians thirst after the first world Cup victory in three years. In the past two tournaments, Canada had triumphed.

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