With a big boost from Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, the Russians took home the glory from the IIHF World Championship on Sunday with a 6-2 victory over Slovakia.
Datsyuk provided three of the points in the blowout victory, with two goals and an assist to his name. The win for Russia brings home the championship to the 'big red machine' for the first time since 2008/2009, when the Russians won two titles back to back. Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins scored both goals for the Slovaks against a staunch defensive and goalkeeping effort from Russia.
Alex Semin put in the most goals of any player on the ice with two. His playing with Datsyuk could be a preview of what's to come, as the Wings are considered one of the favorites to land his services in free agency after he leaves the Washington Capitals. Alexander Pereszhogin, Alexei Tereshenko and Evgeni Malkin scored the other three goals for the Champion Russians.