MOSCOW -- Russia routed the United States 7-2 to win the bronze medal at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.
Ahead of the final between Canada and Finland later Sunday, Russia was in full control of the bronze medal game, taking a 4-0 lead in the second period before countering any hopes of an American fightback.
Russian forward Sergei Mozyakin scored two goals, with captain Pavel Datsyuk registering three assists. The U.S. led 30-28 in shots, but Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky produced some impressive saves to protect the lead.
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Bronze is something of a disappointment for a Russian team that had hoped to reach the gold medal game on home ice, while the young U.S. team missed out on the chance to win bronze for the third time in four years.
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