United States routs Russia 8-3 in World Championships quarterfinals

The United States defeated Russia 8-3 Thursday morning in the World Championships quarterfinals before 5,506 fans at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. It was Russia’s most one-sided loss in tournament history.

Among WCHA-connected players, Paul Stastny of Denver had two goals and two assists; Craig Smith of Wisconsin had five assists; Ryan Carter of Minnesota State-Mankato had a goal and an assist;Tim Stapleton of Minnesota Duluth had an assist while defenseman Justin Faulk logged the most ice time at 22:02; and St. Cloud State’s Drew LeBlanc was not in the lineup.

Recaps from the International Ice Hockey Federation here and USA Today’s Kevin Allen here and a game summary here.

Video highlights and post-game interviews from the IIHF here.

The USA plays Switzerland in Saturday’s semifinals.

Bruce Ciskie has a few UMD post-season thoughts right here.