Exactly one month ago, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk saw his shot at the 2012 Stanley Cup end because his team couldn't score on a Finnish goaltender.

After demolishing a different Finnish goaltender Saturday at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in Helsinki, Datsyuk and his national team, Russia, will have a shot at claiming a different hockey title.

Aided by a hat trick from Pittsburgh superstar Evgeni Malkin, Russia bounced host Finland, 6-2, in Saturday's first semifinal at Helsinki. Neither Datsyuk nor fellow Wing Valtteri Filppula had any points in the game.

In an IIHF video of post-game interviews, Datsyuk displayed his irrepressible humor when reporters positioned their microphones very near his face. "Not too close," Datsyuk said. "It's not ice cream, guys."