Russia has also finished in the top three each time this tournament has hit Moscow, including 1957 (silver), 1973 (gold), 1979 (gold), 1986 (gold), and 2007 (bronze). The hosts stumbled in their opening 3-0 loss to the Czechs and a 6-4 win over now-demoted Kazakhstan, but then powered through without a defeat until falling 3-1 to their recent nemesis, Finland, in the semi-finals."I've got mixed feelings about this tournament," said Russian starting goalie Sergei Bobrovski. Coach John Hynes' team exceeded expectations by making it this far after losses to Canada, Finland, Germany and Slovakia in group play. Russia's antics continued at the start of the second period, as Telegin cut to the net off left wing and ran over Kinkaid. The top-scoring Russian line combined for a beauty to put the game out of reach at . broke Bobrovski's shutout bid at on Vatrano's power play goal with Patrick Maroon screening in front."We were under a lot of pressure, and there was great expectation around us. They played a very strong game." Still, overall, the U. In the near future, the Americans could well find themselves in the final, thanks to USA Hockey's excellent development programs. Datsyuk sent a nice cross-ice pass to Mozyakin, who teed up a slapper from the left faceoff circle that beat Kinkaid high to the stick side. Vadim Shipachyov sent a clever cross-ice pass to Panarin, setting up a 2-on-1, and the Calder Trophy candidate with the Chicago Blackhawks pulled up before dishing it to Dadonov to bang into the open side. However, the Russians answered less than a minute later. net to start the third period, but it was too late to make any difference. comeback was about as likely as cherry blossoms in December in Yakutsk, Russia's coldest city.From the opening faceoff, Team USA was looking to score.MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 22: Russia's Sergei Mozyakin #10 celebrates after a first period goal against the U. during bronze medal game action at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.PLYMOUTH, MICHIGAN - APRIL 1: USA's Brianna Decker #14 skates to the bench with teammates after scoring a third period goal against Russia during preliminary round action at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.
Maddie Rooney, making her first career start in goal for Team USA, made 14 saves to record the shutout. When you don't have so many shots, it's important to try to stay focused, and I think I did that." "We know if we move our feet and get going a lot of teams can't keep up with us," Decker said.(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/HHOF-IIHF Images) A third period goal by Marc Arcobello would prove the difference.Jack Campbell, making his first start, stopped 15 of 17 shots.Team USA’s three game win streak, including this game against Russia, is even more impressive given that the team has been together for about a week and comprised of players coming from different leagues stretching across the United States, Canada and Europe.These countries share a long and dramatic history for as long as they’ve faced each other in international hockey competition.