Posted May 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Russia and Slovakia will meet in the world hockey championship final on Sunday for the first time since the Slovaks won their only title a decade ago against the Russians. After Evgeni Malkin scored a hat trick to lead Russia to a 6-2 rout of host Finland, Slovak forward Miroslav Satan scored twice to help beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in the second semifinal on Saturday. Malkin, the NHL regular-season scoring king for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, scored twice in the first period against defending champ Finland and completed the hat trick in the second period. The crowd threw red hats on the ice to celebrate the three goals. ''I have never experienced such things,'' Malkin said. ''It was fantastic to see.'' Satan scored his first goal at 15:52 in the first period. He broke away when Slovakia was a man short, earning his second goal at 0:56 in the third period. Forward Jiri Hudacek added another at 4:56. Michael Frolik scored for the Czechs at 10:45, tying the game at 1-1...
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