Exactly one month ago, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk saw his shot at the 2012 Stanley Cup end because his team couldn't score on a Finnish goaltender. After demolishing a different Finnish goaltender Saturday at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in Helsinki, Datsyuk and his national team, Russia, will have a shot at claiming a different hockey title. Aided by a hat trick from Pittsburgh superstar Evgeni Malkin, Russia bounced host Finland, 6-2, in Saturday's first semifinal at Helsinki. Neither Datsyuk nor fellow Wing Valtteri Filppula had any points in the game. In an IIHF video of post-game interviews, Datsyuk displayed his irrepressible humor when reporters positioned their microphones very near his face. "Not too close," Datsyuk said. "It's not ice cream, guys."
Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, Russia to play for world championship gold
Detroit Free Press | May 20