The most impressive World Juniors run for Denmark in years ended without a goal.
Russia shut out the upstart Danes in the 2017 World Junior Championships quarterfinals on Monday, earning a 4-0 win and a ticket to the tournament semifinals for the seventh year in a row.
Russia will face the winner of the United States and Switzerland game.
Goalie Ilya Samsonov wasn’t tested much, stopping all 14 shots Denmark put on him for his first shutout of the tournament. Minnesota Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov continued his impressive tournament, scoring twice in the win.
Denmark’s power play ultimately failed them, going 0-for-6 on the day. The Danes finish the tournament with just three goals on 20 power play chances. The quarterfinals appearance was just the third in the country’s history.
An egregious mistake in the first period from goalie Lasse Petersen set the tone for the rest of the game. Alexander Polunin scored his third goal of the tournament on a floater from center ice.
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Denmark never really recovered. Kaprizov scored on the power play in the final minute of the first, and Denmark pulled Petersen and put Kasper Krog in net.
Krog was immediately kept busy.
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Russia poured 15 shots on Krog in the second period but all were turned aside. They didn’t beat the Danish goalie until the third, when Denis Guryanov fed Pavel Karnaukhov for a goal and a 3-0 lead.
Kaprizov put the game on ice, scoring his tournament-leading seventh goal with five minutes remaining to eliminate Denmark.