Team Russia completed a dominant performance in the 2012 IIHF World Championship, defeating upstart Slovakia 6-2 on Sunday in the gold medal game. The Russians finished 10-0-0 in the tournament, the first champions to win all of their games in regualtion since the 1989 Soviets.
Alexander Semin scored two goals and added an assist for Team Russia in the victory, with his Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin adding two assists in the title game. Tournament scoring leader Evgeni Malkin (19 points) of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named MVP. Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced from Slovakia.
This is Team Russia's third world title in the past five years. The last team to accomplish that feat was Canada, in 2003, 2004, and 2007.