Will Russia’s conquest of Scandinavia continue?


Russia’s Alexander Popov skates against Slovenia’s Sabahudin Kovacevic in a game last week. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

With Norway behind them, Finland in front of them and Sweden still out there in the distance, Team Russia is trying to march through Scandinavia on its way to the gold medal game. The Swedes’ win over Slovenia earlier today put them into the semifinals, where they await the winner of Russia-Finland, which will be getting underway momentarily.

A couple of lineup notes: For Russia, Alexander Popov is once again playing right wing on the Alex Ovechkin-Evgeni Malkin line, instead of Alexander Semin, who started there for Russia’s first three games. Coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov needs better production from this line, which has not done much since the first period of Russia’s first game. Ovechkin has not scored since his first shift of the tournament.

Also, Semyon Varlamov is in goal for Russia, which has been alternating him and Sergei Bobrovski.

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Dave Sheinin has been covering baseball and writing features and enterprise stories for The Washington Post since 1999.
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