2014 WJC Video: Nikita Zadorov, Russia

By Chapin Landvogt

Nikita Zadorov and Anton Slepyshev - Team Russia

Photo: Team Russia players Nikita Zadorov (L) and Anton Slepyshev celebrate Zadorov’s go-ahead goal in their country’s 5-3 win over the USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship (courtesy of ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

After falling behind Team USA 3-2 in the first period of their quarterfinal match at the 2014 World Junior Championship, Russia proceeded to score the next three goals in the game to secure a 5-3 win along with a trip to the semi-finals.

One of the scoring heroes for Russia was defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who potted two power-play goals during two consecutive 5-on-3 advantages. Zadorov's second goal made the score 4-3, and stood up as the game-winning goal for Russia. Forward Pavel Buchnevich also netted two goals, with his second into an empty net helping to salt the game away for the Russians.

In five WJC games to date, Zadorov has netted four goals and added one assist, which includes his game-winner and the two power-play markers, plus a shorthanded goal. The London Knights defenseman and Buffalo Sabres prospect is playing in his first U20 WJC, but has also played in one U18 WJC for Russia.

Zadorov spoke with the media following the win over the USA, with some of those comments being captured in this Hockey's Future video.

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