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Red Wings at the Worlds, Semifinals: Tatar’s Slovaks will tangle with Datsyuk’s Russians for Gold

Book the times, folks: Team Slovakia defeated the Czech Republic on three goals from Miroslav Satan’s line, including 2 from Satan himself, and Jan Laco played fantastic in the Slovaks’ crease, out-dueling Jakub Kovar by a wide margin, and after the Czechs lost Martin Erat to a shoulder or head injury, they lost their focus and started making mistakes which the Slovaks pounced upon easily—especially when David Krejci and former Wings draft pick Miroslav Blatak were on the ice…

And as such, Wings prospect Tomas Tatar (who was limited to a near-goal that trickled through relief goalie Jakub Stepanek’s legs and went wide, mostly playing a checking role, finishing at -1 in 15:21 of ice time and taking 1 shot on the 3rd line) and Slovakia defeated the Czechs 3-1, and will face Pavel Datsyuk’s Russians (who seem unstoppable after smoking Finland 6-2) for the World Championship title tomorrow at 1:30 PM EDT.

The Czechs will play Valtteri Filppula’s Finns for Bronze at 9 AM, and while the Gold medal game will be aired by NBC Sports at 9 PM EDT, it’s semi-legal streams for those of you who want to watch the games live.

Update: Here’s a slate of highlights from the NHL Network:

Update #2: Might as well steal this from MLive’s Brendan Savage:

 

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