May 23, 2010

Czechs beat Russia 2-1 in ice hockey worlds final

Associated Press Sports
updated 4:10 p.m. ET May 23, 2010

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -The Czech Republic won the ice hockey world championship on Sunday by ending Russia's 27-game winning streak at the tournament with a 2-1 victory.
Jakub Klepis gave the Czechs the lead after 20 seconds, and captain Tomas Rolinek made it 2-0 with less than two minutes left in the second period. Pavel Datsyuk pulled a goal back for Russia with 35.3 seconds left in the game.

It took the Czechs only 20 seconds to grab the lead when Jaromir Jagr set up Jakub Klepis to score in Germany.

The Russians recovered and laid siege to the Czech goal but netminder Tomas Vokoun was in superb form.

Tomas Rolinek made it 2-0 in the second period before Pavel Datsyuk managed to cut the deficit 35 seconds from the end in a dramatic finale.

Datsyuk had found the net earlier but officials ruled the puck was put in a second after the end of the first period.

It was the Czechs' sixth world crown since the separation of Czechoslovakia, adding to their titles in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005.

Russia, the record 25-time champions, last lost at the Worlds in 2007. They were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Vancouver Olympics in February.

Sweden beat hosts Germany in the third-place play-off.

It was the Czechs' sixth world title since the separation of Czechoslovakia.