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Bruins Prospects Already in Action –- Bruins fans sweating for hockey news in these hot August days can find solace in the pool of B’s prospects competing in prestigious international junior camps and tournaments.

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Bruins Take Home Silver and Bronze – The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship came to a close on Sunday afternoon and Russia took home the gold after defeating Zdeno Chara’s squad from Slovakia 6-2.

Despite two goals from Chara, including one just 1:06 into the contest from the Boston Bruins captain, Slovakia took home the silver medal.

"It was early in the game," Chara told "We knew it wouldn’t be enough."

Russia Tops Slovakia, Despite Zee's 2 Goals – It’s just like old times: Russia is back on top of the hockey world. Unbeaten from wire to wire, Russia got a dominating performance from its NHL superstars to defeat underdog Slovakia 6-2 in Sunday’s gold medal game at Hartwall Arena.

It was the Russians’ first gold since Switzerland 2009. Reflecting their renewed hockey superpower status, they became the first champions to win all their games in regulation since the 1989 Soviets, who also won 10 straight.

This is arguably the strongest outing by any senior-level Russian national team since the fall of the Soviet Union. Russia now boasts 26 gold medals all-time, four in the post-USSR era.

Czech, Krejci Take the Bronze – Three first period goals were enough for the Czechs to beat Finland 3-2, and win IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship bronze.

Finland outshot the Czechs 14-1 in the last period but the Czech defence, led by goaltender Jakub Stepanek, weathered the storm. Stepanek made 34 saves in the game, David Krejci got the game winning goal for the Czechs.

"It feels pretty good. The loss against Slovakia yesterday hurt. We let the final slip away, but that’s how it goes. At this tournament, it comes down to one game, and it didn’t work for us yesterday. We regrouped pretty well last night and today, and the bronze medal feels pretty good right now," Krejci said.

Chara, Slovakia to Play Russia for Championship – Miroslav Satan’s second goal of the game, a beautiful short-handed marker early in the third, broke a 1-1 tie and led Slovakia to a 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic to give his team a place in the gold-medal game tomorrow.

At 37, Satan may be in the twilight of his career, but the captain of the 2002 gold-medal team has been extraordinary this year. Goalie Jan Laco, quickly emerging as the best goalie in the tournament, stopped 36 of 37 shots, giving the Slovaks their seventh win in a row here in Helsinki.

The Slovaks will play Russia in the final game of the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

Chara, Krejci Meet in Semifinals – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and David Krejci have been teammates for the last six seasons. But on Saturday, the two will take the ice as opponents when Slovakia and the Czech Republic match up Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 

Both teams were 5-2 in the preliminary round and Slovakia finished fourth in the Helsinki group to advance. On the other hand, the Czechs finished third in the Stockholm group. 

Thus far, Chara has two assists, a +4 plus/minus-rating and is averaging 23:23 per game.

Krejci, Czechs Continue to Semifinals – Old rivals renewed their IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship playoff battle as the Czech Republic defeated the home team Sweden 4-3. Milan Michalek’s goal in the waning minute of the game proves the winner.

With the win, the Czechs move into the semifinals in Helsinki to go up against Slovakia on Saturday.

"I think it was a great forecheck," said Michalek. "I got the puck, and it was 2-on-1, and I knew the goalie was going to go down. The defenseman took away the pass, so I obviously shot glove side and it went in. I’m happy."

Chara, Slovakia Advance to Semifinals – Michal Handzus scored with 2:28 left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie and take Slovakia to the semi-finals. The goal came on a five-minute power play after a knee-on-knee hit by Ryan Getzlaf on Juraj Mikus, who had to be helped off the ice.

It was Slovakia’s first win against Canada in seven tries, dating back to the 2002 World Championship when Slovakia won its first and only gold. Canada is going home after losing in the quarter-finals for the third straight year and will likely finish fifth (sixth if Norway beats Russia later today).

It was a game in which Canada started off slowly and then took control, but a meltdown on several fronts in the third period virtually handed the victory to the Slovaks. Handzus tipped in an Andrej Sekera point shot just four seconds after Getzlaf was given five minutes and a game misconduct for a dangerous hit in centre ice.

Norway Falls to Russia 5-2 – It wasn’t easy for top-seeded Russia versus Norway, but Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s team finally put away the underdogs with a 5-2 victory to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals. Alexei Yemelin got the winner early in a three-goal third period for Russia.

Powerhouse Russia won its sixth straight IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship quarter-final, while Norway suffered its third loss all-time in this situation. The Norwegians fell 8-2 to host Canada in 2008 and 4-1 to Finland last year.

Despite the loss, Norway has taken another big step forward as a hockey nation at this tournament, gaining respect for its prowess at both ends of the rink.

Three B's Competing for their Countries — Most of the Bruins are already well into their offseason off-ice R&R program, but three members of the organization — defenseman Zdeno Chara, center David Krejci and goaltending prospect Lars Volden — are representing their countries in the annual IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Held this summer in Finland & Sweden, the 2012 World Championship features many of hockey’s best players in a tournament format. Teams including the United States, Canada, Chara’s Slovakia, Krejci’s Czech Republic and Volden’s Norway compete in a 16 team tournament similar to ice hockey’s Olympic competition.

The 16 nations are divided into two groups for the Preliminary Round.