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For those hoping for an upset in this one would have been disappointed by the end result.
Just days after their controversial loss to the United States, Russia showed they were unfazed from the events of said game, blanking Norway by a 4-0 count. But they did get off to a slow start against a team they should have otherwise manhandled.
After a scoreless opening period, Alex Radulov scored 4:12 into the second to give Russia the lead. Ilya Kovalchuk would then score with less than three minutes to go in the middle frame to send the Russians to the locker room up by a pair.
There wasn't much to write home about in the third from either side. The Russians did, however, score twice in the dying minutes of regulation to increase their lead to 4-0. The late tallies were courtesy of the aforementioned Radulov and Alexei Tereshenko.
While he wasn't too busy, netminder Sergei Bobrovsky was flawless stopping all 22 shots he faced en route to the win. With the win, Russia advances to the quarter-final where they will face Finland on Wednesday.