Chara, Slovakia fall to Russia in gold-medal game

Chara, Slovakia fall to Russia in gold-medal game
May 20, 2012, 10:07 pm
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Not even the world's best defenseman could have stopped the Russian juggernaut in Sunday's IIHF World Championship gold-medal game.

Zdeno Chara and Slovakia ran into a buzz saw when they lost to Russia in the final, 6-2.

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Alexander Syomin shone with a pair of goals and an assist. Linemate Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, while Alexander Ovechkin, the other member of this all-NHL troika, had two helpers. Tournament scoring leader Yevgeni Malkin, who was also named Best Forward and MVP, also tallied for Russia, along with Alexander Perezhogin and Alexei Tereshenko."As soon as the whistle went to start the game, we believed we could win," said Datsyuk.Zdeno Chara, the Norris Trophy-winning defenceman who was deservedly named a 2012 tournament all-star, scored twice for Slovakia."We were disappointed to lose the game, but not in how we finished the tournament," said Chara. "It's a privilege to play in the final and I tried to tell the guys to enjoy the moment. You never know when you get a chance to do that again."

Now that the tournament is over, Chara will finally get a chance to rest. Between last year's Stanley Cup run, the 2011-12 season and the IHFF World Championship, the Bruins' captain has played a lot of hockey in the last year and a half.