2004 U20 WJC: Russia gets first win

By Eugene Belashchenko

After the loss to Slovakia, Russia rebounded with a strong performance against Sweden. Sergei Anshakov had a couple of goals, with 2004 NHL Entry Draft prospect Evgenii Malkin setting him up for a beauty on one of the tallies. Russia then continued to roll against Austria, with a 3-1 victory.

Russia vs. Sweden 5:3 (2:0; 0:2; 3:1)
Shots: 26-29
Goalies: Barulin-Lindstrom
Goals: 1:0 Alexander Semin (Evgenii Malkin, Sergei Anshakov √
7:07pp); 2:0 Alexander Ovechkin (Konstantin Korneev, Evgenii Malkin √ 18:30pp);
2:1 Johan Andersson (Andreas Waldix √ 35:08); 2:2 Monir Kalgoum (Alexander
Hult √ 36:51); 3:2 Sergei Anshakov (Evgenii Malkin, Andrei Spiridonov √
46:38); 3:3 Robert Nilsson (Johan Bjork, Alexander Tang √ 50:55pp); 4:3
Sergei Anshakov (Andrei Spiridonov, Alexander Semin √ 56:35); 5:3 Alexei
Shkotov (Alexander Ovechkin, Dmitri Pestunov √ 59:59en);

Team Russia Lineup (10): Barulin; Korneev √ Grot (2),
Gimaev √ Spiridonov, Tyulyapkin (2) √ Karpov, Kosmachev √
Ezhov; Ovechkin √ Pestunov √ Shkotov, Krikunov √ Malkin √
Anshakov, Shafigulin √ Kozhevnikov (2) √ Ermolin, Tunik √
Kazionov √ Semin (4).

Game Recap:
The OPS line was once again Russia’s strongest, with Alexei Shkotov leading
the way. He was all over the ice for most of the game, almost scoring his first
goal after skating around a defenseman, but then unable to fake out the goaltender.
Washington Capitals player Alexander Semin started the game off quickly, scoring
Russia’s first goal with a precise wrist shot, off Gimayev’s set
up. Alexander Ovechkin scored a beautiful second goal. He skated his way into
the zone, beat a defenseman and was then pulled down him, but still managed
to stickhandle the puck behind Sweden’s back stopper.

The Swedes started the second period off faster, skating better, and got their
chance to get back into the game when Kozhevnikov was penalized for slashing.
However, the Swedes did not succeed, and instead Evgenii Malkin had a great
chance to widen the range after intercepting a pass in the Swedish zone, but
then was unable to beat the goalie. Towards the end of the period the Swedes
regained the initiative and put together two quick goals in less then two minutes
to tie the game up. Things calmed down a bit, and Alexander Ovechkin then had
a great chance to put Russia ahead again on a breakaway, but was unable to convert.

After floating a bit in the second period, Semin came back in force in the
third, having a great chance, actually three great chances, on the same
play when he got two rebounds off his initial shot before being pulled down
by the Swedish defensemen. Five minutes later, Sergei Anshakov finally pulled
Russia ahead after wrestling the puck away from two defensemen and beating Linstrom
in the five hole. He then added his second goal of the day after breaking out
into the offensive zone, and scoring with a sharp angle shot that deflected
off a defenseman’s stick, after a nice feed from Evgenii Malkin. Shkotov ended Sweden’s chances with an
empty net goal with just one second left in the game, icing Russia’s first
win of the tournament.

Russia vs. Austria 3:1 (1:0; 1:1; 1:0)
1:0 Sergei Anshakov (Sergei Gimayev, Alexander Semin – 17:38);
1:1 Thomas Vanek (Manuel Latusa, Patrick Harand – 26:55); 2:1 Evgenii Malkin
(Andrei Spiridonov – 31:32); 3:1 Alexander Ovechkin (Konstantin Korneev,
Alexei Shkotov – 53:14);
Denis Khudyakov – Thomas Innerwinkler (Mathias Lance –
Shots: 50-17
Team Russia Lineup: Khudyakov; Korneev – Grot (2), Gimaev
– Spiridonov, Tyulyapkin – Karpov, Kosmachev – Ezhov (2); Ovechkin
– Pestunov (4) – Shkotov, Semin– Malkin – Anshakov, Krikunov
– Kozhevnikov – Kazionov, Tunik – Shafigullin – Ermolin
Game Recap: The Russian squad took this game as a chance to continue developing the team’s roster and
preparing for the bigger opponents that lie in the near future, such as Team USA, which has a hot goalie and two shutouts in as many games.
Washington Capitals player Alexander Semin has been heating up and earned a promotion to the team’s second line, where he
skated with 2004 NHL Entry Draft sensation Evgenii Malkin and Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Sergei Anshakov, who has been one of Russia’s
top scorers at the tournament. The move paid off, as the line looked very active. In addition to the changes up front, the coach kept
the defensive corps unchanged, but did let Russia’s backup goalie, Denis Khudyakov, get a game in early in the tournament. Khudyakov saw
relatively little action, seeing only 17 shots. The only goal that he did allow came from the stick of Buffalo’s 2003 first round pick, Thomas Vanek.