WJC: Russia 4 Denmark 3 OT

Denmark goaltender Thomas Lillie was nothing short of brilliant in this game and gave the Danes the opportunity to put a scare into the Russians in the first quarterfinal game of the tournament. Earlier, Switzerland beat Belarus 5-1 in the first game of the best of three relegation round.

With the win, Russia goes on to face the winner of the USA and Czech Republic game.

Russia would get on the board first 2:49 into the game. Yegor Korshkov would pick up a loose puck behind the Denmark goal. His wraparound goal would beat Lillie and the Russians had a 1-0 they would take to the dressing room. They would outshoot the Danes 10-6 in the period.

The Danes would tie the game with an early goal of their own at 2:37 of the second period. Markus Jensen would take a Jeppe Holmberg pass, cut across goal of Alexander Georgiev and put home the equalizer.

Denmark would take a 2-1 lead at the 9:20 mark. Alexander Polunin would fire a shot from the left boards that Georgiev kicked out to his left. Unfortunately for the goaltender, it went right to Thomas Olsen who put it into a yawning cage.

The Danes would hold the lead going into the third. Once again, Russia outshot Denmark, this time 11-9.

Artur Lauta would tie the game 12:31 into the third. Alexander Dergachyov would find Lauta in front of the goal and his shot just beat Lillie’s glove.

The biggest scare for the Russians came with 5:24 remaining as the Danes took a 3-2 lead. Anders Krogsgaard would fire a shot from the point. Emil Christensen would coral the rebound and fire a high backhander into the net.

But the Danes’ hearts were broken with 44 seconds remaining and Georgiev on the Russian bench for the extra attacker. Vladislav Kamenev would beat Lillie high on the blocker and the game would go to overtime. The Russians outshot the Danes 20-4 in the third.

Exactly half way through the overtime, Ivan Provorov would gain the Danes’ zone. He sent a pass to Andrei Svetlakov. Kamenev, standing in front of the Danes’ net, made a subtle yet smart move taking a step back to get himself open. Svetlakov found him open and Kamenev fired home the winner.

Kamenev and Lillie were named the players of the game for their respective clubs.

Lillie, Matthias Lassen and Alexander True were named Denmark’s top three players of the tournament. Denmark will finish 8th.

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