Star forwards Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin scored eight minutes apart to lead Russia to a 5-2 victory over Finland in the final of the ice hockey world championship on Sunday for its second title in three years.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in a breathtaking start and the Russians went on to beat Slovenia 5-2 Thursday in their Sochi Olympics opener.
Sidney Crosby tied the score late in regulation and added the only goal in a shootout to rally the Pittsburgh Penguins past the slumping Vancouver Canucks 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson broke the tie at the end of the second period to help the United States beat Belarus 5-3 on Thursday in the world hockey championships.
Jack Johnson scored his second goal of the game 1:47 into overtime to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Canada on Saturday in the hockey world championships.
Russia's latest win helps defy the notion that it is the same emotionally fragile team that has had a tendency to become disconnected when the going gets tough.