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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/21/2012

Semin, Ovechkin help Russia capture gold medal at World Championships

Russia captured the gold medal at the IIHF World Championships Sunday with a 6-2 win over Slovakia in Helsinki, and Capitals winger Alexander Semin helped lead the way.

Semin recorded two goals and an assist in the victory that gave Russia its first world championship since 2009. Alex Ovechkin added a pair of assists in the gold medal game as the Russians completed a perfect 10-0 showing in this year’s tournament.

Both players joined the Russian national team once the Capitals were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and appeared in three games. Semin finished with two goals and three assists while Ovechkin recorded a pair of goals and assists.

“I am happy they both played well and their team won a Gold medal,” Capitals owner Ted Leonsis wrote on his blog Monday. “It is important to get wins and rings and medals – and to play well as a team at the Worlds; and I am happy that both Alex Semin and Alex Ovechkin played well for their homeland.”

For plenty of celebration photos and videos check out Russian Machine.

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