Alex Semin has been relatively quiet since joining the Russian national team for the World Championships, recording only assists in his two games played before the final gold-medal round. Semin showed up for Team Russia in a big way today, scoring twice and recording one assist to lead the team to a 6-2 win, securing their first World Championship gold medal since 2009.

Slovakia came out strong at the beginning of the game, Zdeno Chara scoring within the first two minutes to take an early lead. It didn’t take long for Russia to push back — a goal from Semin tied up the game, and Russia went on to score four more unanswered goals from Alexander Perezhogin, Alexei Tereshenko, Pavel Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, and Semin again. Alex Ovechkin took a slashing penalty late in the third, allowing Zdeno Chara the opportunity to score again on the power play.

Ovechkin notched two assists in the win, playing on a line with Datsyuk and Semin. Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has seen his ice time dwindle since Ovechkin and Semin joined the team in Sweden, only had one shift during the game, on the fourth line.

The Russian national team won all ten of its games this year, with a combined score of 44-14. This is Team Russia’s third World Championship gold medal in five years.

The game will be re-aired on NBCSN at 9:00 PM EST.

Video of Semin’s Goals


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Semin scores. (Photo via

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Varly celebrates his first ever World Championship gold medal. (Photo via

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Check out Ovi on the bottom right!

The Russians toss Head Coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov in the air to celebrate.

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Alex Semin and Zdeno Chara receive their player of the game awards. (Photo credit: Andre Ringuette)

Zdeno Chara wears a Pavol Demitra jersey backwards in tribute. (Photo via

Ilya Nikulin holds up the World Championships trophy. (Photo via

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Ovechkin kisses the trophy. (Photo credit:

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The Sashas carry the Russian flag around the ice. (Photo credit:

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Team picture! (Photo credit: Andre Ringuette)

Ovi drinks champagne from the cup. (Photo credit: @hockeyreview)

Additional reporting by Ian Oland.

  • SO_CAL_Brat

    Why would anyone NOT want to sign Semin? I’d rather risk it then play against him. Glad to see so many hockey Gods on one rink again. Ovie, Sasha, Varly, Datsyuk to names few. Love it!!!

    Thanks for the amazing coverage Russian Machine!!!!

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  • I absolutely agree with you! I predict that if he goes somewhere else…especially in the East…he’s gonna kill the Caps!

  • It’s interesting that his jersey read “SYOMIN.” I’ve long known that this was the correct pronunciation and I’ve wondered why he didn’t have that on his Caps jerseys. I wonder if he’ll ever change that permanently in the NHL…

  • He doesn’t deserve $6.7M and the team can’t afford to sign another long deal (which would be the best way to reduce his cap hit).

  • It was a long time ago.

    Anglicization of non-Latin names is difficult. That’s why Mike Vogel pronounces it “toe-MASH vo-CONE” and in Varly’s first year his first name was spelled “Simeon.”

  • Dmtiry

    The Cyrillic “e” actually makes a “yo” sound. That may have been the source of some confusion.

  • Андрей Никулин

    Давай Россия!!!!!! Номер 1!!!!

  • Ruslan

    “ё” in “Сёмин” should be pronounsed as second short half of yo or jo

    Россия чемпиоооон!

  • To be correct, ‘e’ makes ‘e’ sound. ‘ё’ makes ‘yo’ sound.

  • Ben Reed

    This is lame to the point of making me angry. Congratulations idiots, you won a second-rate tournament while the world’s hockey badasses fight for the best. The World Championships need to go away and stay there.

  • serpent

    I don’t know what you said, but i would probably agree with it 🙂

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  • Allie

    Do i spy a middle finger from Semin when carrying the flag? (:

  • And your alternative is what?

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