HELSINKI, Finland — Defending champion Russia was upset 2-1 by France, which shocked a team dominated by NHL and KHL players at hockey worlds on Thursday.
Russia lost to a group of mainly French league players, who ended its 13-match winning streak at the world championship.
I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. When I watched the clock with five minutes to play, I thought that this is for real
“It’s so big for French hockey, it’s hard to describe,” France coach Dave Henderson said.
France wasn’t good enough to play Russia or the Soviet Union until 1992. It had lost all six previous games, the last 7-2 in 2009.
All the goals on Thursday were scored in the middle period. Alexander Perezhogin gave Russia the lead at 6:57, shortly after teammate Aleksandr Radulov missed a penalty shot. France forward Damien Fleury evened the score at 9:52 with…
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