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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Malkin Leads Russia Into Semifinals

APMarkov celebrating his goal against the Czech Republic in Moscow on Wednesday. Russia won 4-0 and will play the United States or Finland in the semifinals.
Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and added an assist to lead Russia to a 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic as the host became the first semifinalists at the ice hockey World Championship on Wednesday.

In a rematch of last year's World Championship quarterfinal in Riga when the Czechs won in overtime on their way to the final, this time it was Russia who dominated for most of the game.

With the home team on the offensive for much of the first two periods but still only holding a narrow 1-0 lead, the Pittsburgh Penguins center delivered a huge blow to the Czech hopes, scoring a power-play goal just 23 seconds into the third period when he jammed in a rebound after a shot by Ilya Kovalchuk.

Alexander Radulov made it 3-0 midway through the third period before Malkin sealed the win with a great solo effort, igniting a capacity, 14,000-strong home crowd at the new Khodynka arena.

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 6:48, snapping a wrist shot over the shoulder of Czech goalie Roman Cechmanek after a neat passing move between Malkin and Alexander Frolov.

Cechmanek kept the Czechs in the game with some excellent stops but he couldn't get his pad down in time to keep out Malkin's rebound.

The Russians, chasing their first world title since 1993, now take on the winner of Thursday's quarterfinal between the United States and Finland.

Defending champions Sweden take on 2002 winners Slovakia in the second quarterfinal later Wednesday.

Canada plays Switzerland in Thursday's other quarterfinal.