TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Telegin scored 1:19 apart in the second period and Russia beat Finland 3-0 on Thursday to set up a World Cup of Hockey semifinal against Canada — and knock out Team North America.
Evgeni Malkin scored in the third period for Russia (2-1-0), and Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves.
Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for Finland (0-3-3). Finland was winless for the first time in a senior tournament, scoring only one goal in three games.
Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk missed the preliminary round finale because of a minor injury.
Russia will face Canada on Saturday night. In the other semifinal, Sweden will play Team Europe on Sunday.
Finland nearly opened the scoring early in the second period when Mikael Granlund beat Bobrovsky glove-side, but rang a shot off the post.
Tarasenko finished off a give-and-go with captain Alex Ovechkin for his second goal of the tournament at 3:42 of the second period.
Teleginz picked up Vadim Shipachev’s feed and powered around Rask for his first of the tournament at 5:01 of the second.
Malkin scored his first of the tournament at 3:39 of the third period.
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