Hosts Russia were one of the odd teams out when ranking the top four teams who would automatically move on to the quarterfinal round – a loss to USA resulted in Team Russia being ranked 5th. Team Norway lost all three of their preliminary round match-ups, and was ranked 12th. The winner moves on to face Finland, who was ranked 4th. Puck drop was at 4:30 PM local Sochi time, 7:30 AM EST, at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
The Russians and Norwegians had a fairly even first period, statistics wise. Russia recorded 7 shots, had one power play opportunity, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Norway registered 6 shots, also had one power play, and also couldn’t put anything up on the scoreboard. Sergei Bobrovsky started in net for the Russians, and at the opposite end was Lars Haugen for Norway.
The second period was a different story, the hosts finally started to put things together and scored two goals. Alexander Radulov opened up the scoring for the hosts, he scored four minutes into the period to finally give Russia a lead. With less than three minutes left to go in the period, Ilya Kovalchuk added a second goal for Russia, which gave them a healthy lead heading into the final period. The Russians significantly out-shot the Norwegians in the second period, 14-6, and they began to dictate the play more and more.
The Norwegians held the Russians off the scoreboard in the third period until the final minutes of play. Unfortunately for Norway, they too were held off the scoreboard. Alexander Radulov gave the Russians some insurance, as he scored an empty-netter with a little more than a minute left to make it 3-0. The Russians weren’t done though, less than 30 seconds later they added another goal, Alexei Tereshenko scored the fourth and final goal of the game. Russia beats Norway 4-0, and moves on to the quarterfinals.
Sergei Bobrovsky earned a shutout in the victory, he faced 22 shots, saving them all. Lars Haugen, Norwegian goaltender, helped keep the Russians quiet, as he faced 31 shots, and made 27 saves in the loss. The final minutes were costly for Norway, and Russia slipped in two quick goals to solidify the win.
Russia will face off against Finland in the quarterfinals on the 19th at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 PM local Sochi time, 7:30 AM EST.