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24
May
10

2010 World Championship

Host Cities: Cologne and Mannheim, Germany
May 7-23, 2010
RESULT: SILVER MEDAL

In the aftermath of the Winter Olympics, the IIHF World Championship predictably attracted significantly less elite players than usual. Russia was the only major national team to not have a single invited player refuse to participate. A whole set of players was unable to play due to injury, but most of Russia’s Olympians returned, making Russia the automatic favourite to win the championship for a third straight time. Former NHL enforcer Andrei Nazarov joined Vyacheslav Bykov and Igor Zakharkin on the coaching team. Despite the ultra-talented roster and strong team atmosphere, Russia did not dominate their opponents as expected, saving their limited energy. With Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov each safeguarding Russia’s net all the way to the gold medal in 2008 and 2009, this year it was 22-year old Semyon Varlamov’s turn. Room was also made for other younger players like Nikolai Kulemin, Dmitry Kulikov, and Artem Anisimov, all of whom are likely to be part of the 2014 Olympic team. The additions of Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk (both of whom were busy in the Stanley Cup finals the previous two years) to captain Ilya Kovalchuk’s line led to some of the greatest chemistry and wizardry seen in the national team’s recent history. Russia’s best efforts came against the two most physical teams – Finland and Canada. While beating an outmatched Canadian team was no consolation for the quarterfinal loss in Vancouver, the victory meant that Russia sent Canada home for the third straight year at the WC. After barely eliminating Germany in the semifinal by a late but brilliant Datsyuk goal, Russia entered the gold medal final as a tired team that was continually frustrated by the Czechs from the very first shift (in which the Czechs opened scoring). A goal by Datsyuk was waived off as it came after time ran out in the first period. Russia’s discpline problems, including Alexei Emelin’s match-penalty hit on Jaromir Jagr, were untimely, as was the team’s inability to solve goaltender Tomas Vokoun. The team never gave up and in the tense last minute of the game, Datsyuk (who else?) one-timed Kovalchuk’s pass into the Czech net. It was too little and too late to save the game. Veterans Jagr and Sergei Fedorov, as well as Anisimov, were all injured in the match. The Czechs won their first gold since 2005, while Russia settled for its first silver since 2002. Datsyuk was named the tournament’s best forward and Malkin joined him on the media all-star team.

Game 1: Russia 3 – Slovakia 1
Goals: Afinogenov (Kozlov, Kulemin), Ovechkin (Fedorov), Kozlov (Tereshchenko) – Majesky (Bartovic)
Shots: Russia 34 – Slovakia 33
Saves: Koshechkin 32 – Budaj 31
PIM: Russia 8 – Slovakia 8

Game 2: Russia 4 – Kazakhstan 1
Goals: Ovechkin (Semin, Fedorov), Kovalchuk (Semin), Semin, Grebeshkov (Afinogenov, Kulemin) – Dudarev (Shafranov)
Shots: Russia 29 – Kazakhstan 19
Saves: Eremenko 18 – Eremeev 25
PIM: Russia 6 – Kazakhstan 10

Game 3: Russia 3 – Belarus 1
Goals: Mozyakin (Sushinsky, Nikulin), Ovechkin (Fedorov), Anisimov (Mozyakin, Atyushov) – Kalyuzhny (Ugarov, Denisov)
Shots: Russia 38 – Belarus 20
Saves: Varlamov 19 – Mezin 35
PIM: Russia 6 – Belarus 8

Game 4: Russia 3 – Germany 2
Goals: Kovalchuk (Frolov, Emelin), Kulemin (Afinogenov, Kozlov), Ovechkin (Semin) – Barta (Kreutzer, Felski)
Shots: Russia 36 – Germany 34
Saves: Varlamov 32 – Kotschnew 33
PIM: Russia 8 – Germany 8

Game 5: Russia 6 – Denmark 1
Goals: Datsyuk (Kovalchuk, Malkin), Ovechkin (Fedorov, Atyushov), Malkin (Kovalchuk, Datsyuk), Datsyuk (Malkin, Kovalchuk), Kulemin (Afinogenov, Anisimov) – Christensen (Regin, Green)
Shots: Russia 32 – Denmark 31
Saves: Koshechkin 30 – Andersen 26
PIM: Russia 12 – Denmark 10

Game 6: Russia 5 – Finland 0
Goals: Fedorov (Semin, Ovechkin), Malkin (Kovalchuk, Gonchar), Kulemin (Afinogenov, Anisimov), Emelin (Kovalchuk), Afinogenov (Kulikov)
Shots: Russia 35 – Finland 36
Saves: Varlamov 36 – Vehanen 30
PIM: Russia 22 – Finland 32

Quarterfinal: Russia 5 – Canada 2
Goals: Afinogenov (Kulikov, Atyushov), Datsyuk (Gonchar, Kovalchuk), Malkin (Kalinin, Kovalchuk), Fedorov (Atyushov), Malkin (Kovalchuk, Nikulin) – Tavares (Burns), Duchene (Cumiskey, Myers)
Shots: Russia 30 – Canada 27
Saves: Varlamov 25 – Mason 25
PIM: Russia 30 – Canada 48

Semifinal: Russia 2 – Germany 1
Goals: Malkin (Gonchar, Kovalchuk), Datsyuk – Goc (Schutz, Ehrhoff)
Shots: Russia 32 – Germany 27
Saves: Koshechkin 26 – Zepp 30
PIM: Russia 31 – Germany 8

Final: Russia 1 – Czech Republic 2
Goals: Datsyuk (Kovalchuk, Gonchar) – Klepis (Jagr), Rolinek (Rachunek)
Shots: Russia 36 – Czech Republic 25
Saves: Varlamov 23 – Vokoun 35
PIM: Russia 31 – Czech Republic 10

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D #5 Ilya Nikulin 9 0 2 2 2
D #7 Dmitry Kalinin 9 0 1 1 0
D #22 Konstantin Korneev 9 0 0 0 2
D #27 Vitali Atyushov 9 0 4 4 4
D #37 Denis Grebeshkov 9 1 0 1 0
D #43 Dmitry Kulikov 9 0 2 2 8
D #55 Sergei Gonchar 5 0 4 4 0
D #74 Alexei Emelin 9 1 1 2 33
F #8 Alexander Ovechkin (A) 9 5 1 6 4
F #10 Sergei Mozyakin 4 1 1 2 0
F #11 Evgeni Malkin 5 5 2 7 10
F #13 Pavel Datsyuk 6 6 1 7 0
F #23 Alexei Tereshchenko 9 0 1 1 4
F #24 Alexander Frolov 8 0 1 1 2
F #28 Alexander Semin 8 1 4 5 12
F #29 Sergei Fedorov (A) 9 2 4 6 12
F #33 Maxim Sushinsky 5 0 1 1 8
F #41 Nikolai Kulemin 9 3 2 5 25
F #42 Artem Anisimov 9 1 2 3 6
F #52 Viktor Kozlov 9 1 2 3 2
F #61 Maxim Afinogenov 9 3 4 7 18
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk (C) 9 2 10 12 2
Goaltender GP W L GAA Save % SO
G #1 Alexander Eremenko 1 1 0 1.00 94.7 0
G #40 Semyon Varlamov 5 4 1 1.41 95.1 1
G #83 Vasili Koshechkin 3 3 0 1.00 96.7 0

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20
May
10

2009 World Championship

Host Cities: Berne and Zurich-Kloten, Switzerland
April 24 – May 10, 2009
RESULT: GOLD MEDAL

For the first time in its post-Soviet history, Russia became the world champion for the second straight year. Unlike in 2008, coaches Vyacheslav Bykov and Igor Zakharkin went with a less star-studded and more KHL-based roster. The team was captained again by Alexei Morozov. The starting goaltending duties fell on NHLer Ilya Bryzgalov, whose previous stints with the national team were unsuccessful. However, Bryzgalov was the difference maker for Russia in the medal round, with each game being a close one. Russia withstood Canada’s barrage of shots on Bryzgalov and got its goals thanks to Canadian mistakes. Although the Saprykin-Gorovikov-Radulov line scored both goals in the final, it was Ilya Kovalchuk who logged the most ice time, over 30 minutes, and won the Best Forward and Tournament MVP prizes. Russia/USSR took over the lead from Canada in the all-time medal table, with 25 golds.

Game 1: Russia 5 – Germany 0
Goals: Saprykin (Radulov), Kovalchuk (Volchenkov), Zinoviev (Tverdovsky), Kuryanov (Zaripov), Zaripov (Morozov, Nikulin)
Shots: Russia 31 – Germany 20
Saves: Bryzgalov 20 – Patzold 26
PIM: Russia 4 – Germany 18

Game 2: Russia 7 – France 2
Goals: Radulov (Gorovikov), Zaripov (Gorovikov, Kalinin), Radulov (Zinoviev), Perezhogin (Kuryanov, Kovalchuk), Tereshchenko (Atyushov), Tereshchenko (Morozov, Atyushov), Kovalchuk (Perezhogin) – Hecquefeuille (Da Costa, Bellemare), Tardif (Bachet, Amar)
Shots: Russia 42 – France 25
Saves: Eremenko 23 – Ferhi 35
PIM: Russia 6 – France 10

Game 3: Russia 4 – Switzerland 2
Goals: Atyushov (Kovalchuk, Grebeshkov), Kovalchuk (Zinoviev), Morozov (Kovalchuk), Perezhogin – Gardner (Ruthemann, Blindenbacher), Pluss (Streit, Ruthemann)
Shots: Russia 24 – Switzerland 39
Saves: Bryzgalov 37 – Gerber 20
PIM: Russia 12 – Switzerland 10

Game 4: Russia 6 – Sweden 5
Goals: Nikulin (Kovalchuk, Tereshchenko), Saprykin (Radulov, Nikulin), Kalinin (Kovalchuk, Morozov), Mozyakin (Grebeshkov, Korneev), Proshkin, Kalinin (Atyushov, Kovalchuk) – Wallin (Huselius, Nilson), Stralman (Omark), Persson (Berglund, Jonsson), Huselius, Huselius (Johansson)
Shots: Russia 35 – Sweden 38
Saves: Bryzgalov 33 – Holmqvist 13, Gustavsson 16
PIM: Russia 10 – Sweden 12

Game 5: Russia 4 – United States 1
Goals: Saprykin (Radulov, Atyushov), Perezhogin (Kuryanov, Mozyakin), Mozyakin (Kuryanov, Perezhogin), Radulov (Saprykin, Gorovikov) – Stempniak (Foligno, Liles)
Shots: Russia 32 – USA 27
Saves: Bryzgalov 26 – Esche 28
PIM: Russia 35 – USA 16

Game 6: Russia 6 – Latvia 1
Goals: Kuryanov (Mozyakin), Tereshchenko (Kovalchuk, Kalinin), Tverdovsky, Kuryanov (Perezhogin), Frolov (Zherdev, Tverdovsky), Tverdovsky (Zinoviev, Frolov) – Vasiljevs (Galvins, Cipulis)
Shots: Russia 37 – Latvia 26
Saves: Eremenko 25 – Masalskis 31
PIM: Russia 8 – Latvia 14

Quarterfinal: Russia 4 – Belarus 3
Goals: Proshkin (Kovalchuk, Tereshchenko), Atyushov (Radulov, Saprykin), Frolov (Radulov), Kovalchuk (Morozov) – Koltsov (Grabovski, Antonenko), Antonenko (Grabovsky, Kalyuzhny), Salei (Antonenko, Grabovski)
Shots: Russia 32 – Belarus 22
Saves: Bryzgalov 13, Eremenko 6 – Mezin 28
PIM: Russia 16 – Belarus 10

Semifinal: Russia 3 – United States 2
Goals: Kovalchuk (Zinoviev), Frolov (Kovalchuk), Gorovikov (Radulov, Nikulin) – Brown, Okposo (Hainsey, Liles)
Shots: Russia 23 – USA 20
Saves: Bryzgalov 18 – Esche 20
PIM: Russia 6 – USA 6

Final: Russia 2 – Canada 1
Goals: Saprykin (Atyushov, Kalinin), Radulov (Gorovikov, Saprykin)
Shots: Russia 17 – Canada 38
Saves: Bryzgalov 37 – Roloson 15
PIM: Russia 4 – Canada 6

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D #3 Vitali Vishnevsky 9 0 0 0 29
D #5 Ilya Nikulin 9 1 3 4 4
D #6 Anton Volchenkov 1 0 1 1 0
D #7 Dmitry Kalinin 9 2 3 5 4
D #22 Konstantin Korneev 6 0 1 1 2
D #27 Vitali Atyushov 9 2 5 7 0
D #37 Denis Grebeshkov 9 0 2 2 2
D #45 Vitali Proshkin 9 2 0 2 4
D #70 Oleg Tverdovsky 9 2 2 4 6
F #10 Sergei Mozyakin 6 2 2 4 2
F #13 Nikolai Zherdev 3 0 1 1 0
F #16 Alexander Perezhogin 9 3 3 6 6
F #19 Anton Kuryanov 9 3 3 6 6
F #21 Konstantin Gorovikov 9 1 4 5 4
F #23 Alexei Tereshchenko 9 3 2 5 6
F #24 Alexander Frolov 7 3 1 4 2
F #25 Danis Zaripov 2 2 1 3 0
F #42 Sergei Zinoviev 9 1 4 5 6
F #47 Alexander Radulov 9 4 6 10 10
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk 9 5 9 14 4
F #91 Oleg Saprykin 9 4 3 7 0
F #95 Alexei Morozov 9 1 4 5 0
Goaltender GP W L GAA SO
G #1 Alexander Eremenko 3 3 0 1.29 0
G #30 Ilya Bryzgalov 7 7 0 2.08 1
G #83 Vasili Koshechkin 0 0 0 0 0

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18
May
10

2008 World Championship

Host cities: Quebec City and Halifax, Canada
May 2-18, 2008
RESULT: GOLD MEDAL

For the first time since 1993, Russia won the IIHF World Championship! They were the first to do it on Canadian ice, in the historic Colisée in Quebec City. Even before the game started, Russia had enough reasons to triumph over the hosts and keep the World Championship home ice jinx going. Canadian law enforcement did not allow the team bus to approach the arena, forcing Russia’s players to walk almost a kilometre to the game. Coach Vyacheslav Bykov’s team was further upset by falling behind 3-1 and then 4-2 largely due to time spent killing penalties. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov, fresh out of the Stanley Cup playoffs, was a spectacular addition for the playoff round and was overworked by Canada’s behemoth forward lines in the first two periods of the final. However, Canada’s netminder Cam Ward was under greater pressure in the latter half of the game. Ilya Kovalchuk emerged as the hero, saving his only goalscoring at the tournament for tiying the game with five minutes remaining and then winning it on a powerplay in overtime, with the talented Fedorov, Ovechkin, and Semin also on the ice. Fedorov was the only Russian player to have previously tasted gold at the WC, in 1990 with the Soviet team. The energy and quality of the final match has surely set a new benchmark in modern hockey and continued a legendary hockey rivalry. Russia tied Canada with its 24th World Championship golden finish. Nabokov was named the best goaltender of the championship and placed on the tournament all-star team along with Ovechkin.

Game 1: Russia 7 – Italy 1
Goals: Semin (Grebeshkov), Ovechkin (Semin, Fedorov), Morozov (Kovalchuk, Zinoviev), Tereshchenko (Afinogenov, Proshkin), Semin (Grebeshkov), Sushinsky (Gorovikov), Zaripov (Morozov, Zinoviev) – Cirone (Iannone, Scandella)
Shots: Russia 44 – Italy 18
Saves: Eremenko 17 – Tragust 25, Hell 12
PIM: Russia 8 – Italy 16

Game 2: Russia 5 (OT) – Czech Republic 4
Goals: Zinoviev (Morozov, Kovalchuk), Gorovikov (Vorobiev), Morozov (Markov D., Kalinin), Korneev (Semin, Kovalchuk), Morozov (Zinoviev, Kalinin) – Elias (Zidlicy, Hlinka), Kotalik (Fleischmann, Kuba), Elias (Zidlicky, Kaberle), Elias (Hlinka, Kaberle)
Shots: Russia 27 – Czech Republic 43
Saves: Eremenko 16 (injured), Biryukov 23 – Hnilicka 22
PIM: Russia 22 – Czech Republic 20

Game 3: Russia 4 – Denmark 1
Goals: Afinogenov (Grebeshkov, Radulov), Ovechkin (Fedorov, Kovalchuk), Fedorov (Korneev, Kovalchuk), Gorovikov (Mozyakin, Sushinsky) – Staal (Eller)
Shots: Russia 43 – Denmark 20
Saves: Biryukov 19 – Galbraith 39
PIM: Russia 10 – Denmark 22

Game 4: Russia 4 (SO) – Belarus 3
Goals: Afinogenov (Proshkin, Tereschenko), Ovechkin (Semin, Fedorov), Afinogenov (Ovechkin) – Mikhalev (Grabovski, Ugarov), Dudik, Ugarov (Grabovski)
Shots: Russia 55 – Belarus 23
Saves: Biryukov 20 – Koval 52
PIM: Russia 6 – Belarus 14
Shootout winner: Morozov

Game 5: Russia 3 – Sweden 2
Goals: Semin (Ovechkin), Fedorov (Zaripov), Ovechkin (Semin, Grebeshkov) – Weinhandl (Martensson, Ledin), Martensson (Frogren)
Shots: Russia 42 – Sweden 30
Saves: Nabokov 28 – Lundqvist 39
PIM: Russia 39 – Sweden 66
In the first period, Morozov left the game with a concussion after a hit by Murray. In the same frame, Kovalchuk was ejected for roughing.

Game 6: Russia 5 – Switzerland 3
Goals: Kalinin (Zaripov, Radulov), Ovechkin (Kovachuk, Korneev), Sushinsky (Gorovikov), Fedorov (Ovechkin, Semin), Sushinsky – Sanitz (Forster, DiPietro), Vauclair, Lemm (Ambuhl, Sprenger).
Shots: Russia 37 – Switzerland 22
Saves: Nabokov 19 – Hiller 32
PIM: Russia 6 – Switzerland 12

Quarterfinal: Russia 6 – Switzerland 0
Goals: Semin (Grebeshkov, Fedorov), Afinogenov (Zaripov, Tereshchenko), Zaripov, Fedorov (Grebeshkov, Korneev), Afinogenov (Zaripov, Tereshchenko), Ovechkin (Korneev, Nabokov)
Shots: Russia 30 – Switzerland 22
Saves: Nabokov 22 – Gerber 9, Hiller 15
PIM: Russia 29 – Switzerland 14
Kovalchuk received a game misconduct penalty and a suspension for the next game for a hard hit on a Swiss player.

Semifinal: Russia 4 – Finland 0
Goals: Fedorov (Semin, Ovechkin), Zaripov (Markov A., Zinoviev), Morozov (Nikulin, Zinoviev), Sushinsky (Tereshchenko)
Shots: Russia 27 – Finland 24
Saves: Nabokov 23 – Backstrom 23
PIM: Russia 10 – Finland 14

Final: Russia 5 (OT) – Canada 4
Goals: Semin (Ovechkin, Fedorov), Semin (Korneev, Markov A.), Tereschenko (Semin, Tyutin), Kovalchuk (Proshkin, Radulov), Kovalchuk (Fedorov, Ovechkin) – Burns (Roy, Green), Kunitz, Burns (St. Louis, Heatley), Heatley (Getzlaf)
Shots: Russia 32 – Canada 29
Saves: Nabokov 25 – Ward 27
PIM: Russia 12 – Canada 8

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D #5 Ilya Nikulin 9 0 1 1 0
D #6 Dmitry Vorobiev 5 0 1 1 4
D #7 Dmitry Kalinin 9 1 2 3 4
D #22 Konstantin Korneev 9 1 5 6 0
D #37 Denis Grebeshkov 9 0 6 6 2
D #45 Vitali Proshkin 8 0 3 3 12
D #51 Fedor Tyutin 6 0 1 1 0
D #52 Andrei Markov 6 0 2 2 4
D #55 Daniil Markov 8 0 1 1 2
F #8 Alexander Ovechkin 9 6 6 12 8
F #10 Sergei Mozyakin 7 0 1 1 2
F #21 Konstantin Gorovikov 9 2 2 4 8
F #25 Danis Zaripov 8 3 4 7 0
F #27 Alexei Tereshchenko 9 2 4 6 2
F #28 Alexander Semin 9 6 7 13 8
F #29 Sergei Fedorov 9 5 7 12 8
F #33 Maxim Sushinsky 9 4 1 5 6
F #42 Sergei Zinoviev 9 1 5 6 12
F #47 Alexander Radulov 6 0 3 3 2
F #61 Maxim Afinogenov 8 5 1 6 2
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk 8 2 6 8 52
F #95 Alexei Morozov 8 5 2 7 4
Goaltender GP W L T GAA SO
G #20 Evgeni Nabokov 5 5 0 0 1.78 2
G #30 Alexander Eremenko 2 2 0 0 2.10 0
G #35 Mikhail Biryukov 3 3 0 0 2.22 0

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15
May
10

2007 World Championship

Host city: Khodynka (Moscow) and Mytischi, Russia
April 27 – May 13, 2007
RESULT: BRONZE MEDAL

Russia’s failure to make the semifinals at the 2006 World Championship in Latvia marked the replacement of coach Vladimir Krikunov with the CSKA Moscow tandem of Vyacheslav Bykov and Igor Zakharkin. Bykov and Zakharkin brought a more player-friendly philosophy to the national team. The fact that the World Championship was to be hosted by Russia put great pressure on the players and the new coaching staff alike. Russia began the tournament on fire, with the Ak Bars Kazan unit of Zaripov-Zinoviev-Morozov-Proshkin-Nikulin playing at a level not seen since the days of the Krutov-Larionov-Makarov line in the 1980s. The team easily overcame Ovechkin’s one-game suspension for a hit on a Swiss player and played its best game against the Czechs in the quarterfinal on Victory Day. In the semifinal, Russia struggled to get the puck past Finnish goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Saku Koivu scored the winning goal in overtime by lifting Eremenko’s stick to let the puck free and jam it in. After the shocking semifinal loss to Finland, Russia regained its energy and disciplined play to quickly rebound in the bronze medal game against Sweden, scoring two goals in the opening period. After giving up the game against the Finns, goaltender Alexander Eremenko delivered a heroic performance to finish the tournament with a .957 save percentage. Evgeni Malkin, Andrei Markov, and Alexei Morozov were named to the tournament’s all-star team. Markov and Morozov, both of whom finished the tournament injured, were named Best Defenseman and Best Forward, respectively. The 2007 World Championship was only the beginning of a resurgence of confident offensive and defensive teamwork by Russia under Bykov’s coaching.

Game 1: Russia 9 – Denmark 1
Goals: Zaripov (Zinoviev, Morozov), Nikulin (Morozov), Malkin (Gonchar), Schastlivy (Atyushov), Markov (Kovalchuk, Frolov), Morozov (Zaripov, Zinoviev), Kulemin (Nepryaev, Ovechkin), Ovechkin (Nepryaev, Kulemin), Frolov (Gonchar) – Regin (Nielsen, Andreasen)
Shots: Russia 45 – Denmark 25
Saves: Koshechkin 24 – Hirsch 18, Madsen 18
PIM: Russia 0 – Denmark 10

Game 2: Russia 8 – Ukraine 1
Goals: Morozov (Zinoviev), Zinoviev (Morozov, Zaripov), Nikulin (Zaripov, Zinoviev), Proshkin (Morozov), Morozov (Zinoviev), Radulov (Atyushov, Ovechkin), Morozov (Zinoviev, Zaripov), Frolov (Gonchar, Markov) – Klimentiev (Tsyrul, Matvichuk)
Shots: Russia 52 – Ukraine 23
Saves: Eremenko 22 – Fedorov 34, Seliverstov 10
PIM: Russia 12 – Ukraine 22

Game 3: Russia 5 – Finland 4
Goals: Kulemin (Emelin, Nepryaev), Zaripov (Zinoviev, Morozov), Gonchar (Kovalchuk, Markov), Morozov (Zinoviev, Zaripov), Schastlivy (Grebeshkov) – Ruutu (Kapanen, Mantyla), Hentunen (Kapanen, Kukkonen), Lehtonen (Peltonen, Nummelin), Nummelin (Ruutu)
Shots: Russia 34 – Finland 25
Saves: Koshechkin 21 – Norrena 29
PIM: Russia 20 – Finland 43

Game 4: Russia 3 – Italy 0
Goals: Kovalchuk (Malkin, Frolov), Frolov (Kovalchuk), Morozov (Zinoviev, Zaripov)
Shots: Russia 36 – Italy 9
Saves: Eremenko 9 – Muzzatti 33
PIM: Russia 6 – Switzerland 28

Game 5: Russia 6 – Switzerland 3
Goals: Zinoviev (Zaripov), Kovalchuk (Markov, Koshechkin), Zaripov (Proshkin, Schastlivy), Markov (Malkin, Kovalchuk), Frolov (Markov), Schastlivy (Kharitonov) – Streit (Lemm), Di Pietro (Streit, Reichert), Reichert (Di Pietro)
Shots: Russia 36 – Switzerland 16
Saves: Koshechkin 13 – Hiller 31
PIM: Russia 35 – Switzerland 16

Game 6: Russia 4 – Sweden 2
Goals: Morozov (penalty shot), Grebeshkov (Malkin, Kharitonov), Malkin (Markov, Frolov), Morozov (Zinoviev) – Thornberg (Jonsson, Martensson), Steen (Backstrom, Martensson)
Shots: Russia 31 – Sweden 30
Saves: Eremenko 28 – Ersberg 27
PIM: Russia 16 – Sweden 12

Quarterfinal: Russia 4 – Czech Republic 0
Goals: Markov (Malkin, Frolov), Malkin (Kovalchuk), Radulov (Grebeshkov), Malkin
Shots: Russia 32 – Czech Republic 27
Saves: Eremenko 27 – Cechmanek 38
PIM: Russia 20 – Czech Republic 26

Semifinal: Russia 1 – Finland 2 (OT)
Goals: Malkin (Gonchar, Frolov) – Hentunen (Kapanen, Laamanen), Koivu (Ruutu)
Shots: Russia 30 – Finland 19
Saves: Eremenko 17 – Lehtonen 29
PIM: Russia 14 – Finland 47

Bronze Medal Final: Russia 3 – Sweden 1
Goals: Emelin (Zaripov, Frolov), Zinoviev (Emelin, Zaripov), Frolov (Malkin, Atyushov) – Steen (Backstrom, Stralman)
Shots: Russia 20 – Sweden 33
Saves: Eremenko 32 – Backlund 17
PIM: Russia 12 – Sweden 12

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D #2 Konstantin Korneev 1 0 0 0 0
D #3 Alexei Emelin 9 1 2 3 6
D #5 Ilya Nikulin 9 2 0 2 4
D #6 Maxim Kondratiev 9 0 0 0 2
D #7 Denis Grebeshkov 9 1 2 3 0
D #27 Vitali Atyushov 9 0 3 3 4
D #45 Vitali Proshkin 9 1 1 2 16
D #52 Andrei Markov 8 3 5 8 2
D #55 Sergei Gonchar 9 1 4 5 4
F #8 Alexander Ovechkin 8 1 2 3 29
F #11 Evgeni Malkin 9 5 5 10 6
F #12 Danis Zaripov 9 3 9 12 6
F #13 Ivan Nepryaev 9 0 3 3 12
F #15 Nikolai Kulemin 9 2 1 3 0
F #18 Sergei Brylin 2 0 0 0 0
F #21 Alexander Kharitonov 9 0 2 2 6
F #22 Alexander Radulov 9 2 0 2 6
F #24 Alexander Frolov 9 5 6 11 0
F #25 Petr Schastlivy (C) 8 3 1 4 2
F #42 Sergei Zinoviev 9 3 10 13 12
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk 9 2 5 7 10
F #95 Alexei Morozov 7 8 5 13 6
Goaltender GP W L T GAA SO
G #30 Alexander Eremenko 6 5 1 0 0.98 2
G #57 Konstantin Barulin 0 0 0 0 0 0
G #83 Vasili Koshechkin 3 3 0 0 2.67 0

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11
May
10

2005 World Championship

Host city: Vienna & Innsbruck, Austria
April 30 – May 15, 2005
RESULT: BRONZE MEDAL

After a disastrous showing at the 2004 World Championship and at the World Cup of Hockey, Russia assembled its most talented squad in years, coached by Dynamo Moscow’s Vladimir Krikunov, for the 2005 World Championship. Most teams had above-average rosters due to the NHL lockout. After cruising undefeated through the round-robin games, the team’s real test came in the medal round. Russia survived a 2-0 deficit to beat Finland in a shootout in the quarterfinal. The semifinal against Canada was a dramatic addition to the historic rivalry of the hockey superpowers. Canada was on the verge of handing Russia a devastating embarrassment, leading 4-0 by the first half of the game. Russia turned the tables to dominate the next half of the game, but Canadian goalie Martin Brodeur kept Russia from making a successful comeback. Having beaten Sweden at the Euro Tour final only weeks before, Russia had no problem handling Sweden again. Alexei Kovalev was selected as the tournament’s best forward. This was only the third World Championship medal for post-Soviet Russia. Despite failing to come in first place, Russia demonstrated that with such a young and talented team it was ready to win many more medals in the next 5-10 years. As well, Russia was the only team to beat the tournament’s champion, Czech Republic.

Game 1: Russia 4 – Austria 2
Goals: Ovechkin (Malkin), Kharitonov, Kovalev (Markov), Kovalchuk – Setsinger (Kalt, Viveiros), Divis (Unterluggauer)
Shots: Russia 36 – Austria 25
Saves: Sokolov 23 – Brueckler 31
PIM: Russia 14 – Austria 12

Game 2: Russia 3 – Slovakia 3
Goals: Nepryaev (Antipov), Markov (Karpovtsev), Kozlov (Kovalchuk) – Palffy (Strbak), Hossa (Stumpel, Strbak), Visnovsky (Palffy, Orszagh)
Shots: Russia 31 – Slovakia 22
Saves: Sokolov 18 – Lasak 28
PIM: Russia 14 – Slovakia 10

Game 3: Russia 2 – Belarus 0
Goals: Kharitonov (Datsyuk, Vyshedkevich), Vyshedkevich (Markov, Kovalev)
Shots: Russia 33 – Belarus 12
Saves: Zvyagin 12 – Mezin 31
PIM: Russia 4 – Belarus 6

Game 4: Russia 3 – Switzerland 3
Goals: Datsyuk (Kovalev), Kovalchuk (Zinoviev), Kovalev (Datsyuk) – Lemm (Fischer, Blindenbacher), Di Pietro (Pluss), Streit (Di Pietro)
Shots: Russia 33 – Switzerland 15
Saves: Zvyagin 12 – Aebischer 28
PIM: Russia 12 – Switzerland 20

Game 5: Russia 2 – Czech Republic 1
Goals: Kovalchuk (Zinovjev, Ryazantsev), Semin (Kovalchuk, Denisov) – Vyborny (Jagr, Zidlicky)
Shots: Russia 20 – Czech Republic 36
Saves: Sokolov 35 – Hnilicka 18
PIM: Russia 12 – Czech Republic 22

Game 6: Russia 3 – Kazakhstan 1
Goals: Datsyuk (Markov, Ovechkin), Ovechkin (Datsyuk, Kovalev), Zinoviev (Kovalchuk) – Dudarev (Kozlov, Upper)
Shots: Russia 48 – Kazakhstan 19
Saves: Sokolov 18 – Kolesnik 31, Ogureshnikov 14
PIM: Russia 6 – Kazakhstan 14

Quarterfinal: Russia 4 – Finland 3
Goals: Ovechkin (Afinogenov, Ryazantsev), Gusev (Kovalev), Datsyuk, Afinogenov (shootout) – Pakaslahti (Karalahti, Rita), Hentunen, Timonen (Jokinen, Peltonen)
Shots: Russia 43 – Finland 27
Saves: Sokolov 24 – Backstrom 38
PIM: Russia 18 – Finland 12

Semifinal: Russia 3 – Canada 4
Goals: Semin (Yashin), Yashin, Ovechkin (Malkin, Fedorov) – Redden (Thornton), Souray (Thornton, Gagne), Heatley (Doan, Boyle), Jovanovski (Nash, Thornton)
Shots: Russia 42 – Canada 25
Saves: Sokolov 21 – Brodeur 39
PIM: Russia 34 – Canada 10

Bronze Medal Final: Russia 6 – Sweden 3
Goals: Afinogenov (Ovechkin, Malkin), Afinogenov (Ovechkin), Kovalev (Datsyuk, Markov), Ovechkin (Ryazantsev, Malkin), Yashin, Semin (Afinogenov) – Sundin (Sedin H.), Zetterberg (Johansson, Hedstrom), Sedin H. (Samuelsson, Sedin D.)
Shots: Russia 32 – Sweden 23
Saves: Sokolov 20 – Lundqvist 8, Holmqvist 18
PIM: Russia 12 – Sweden 12

Roster:

Player GP G A PTS PIM
D #2 Sergei Gusev 8 1 0 1 2
D #3 Alexander Karpovtsev 8 0 1 1 2
D #4 Vitali Proshkin 9 0 0 0 6
D #6 Denis Denisov 9 0 1 1 4
D #34 Sergei Vyshedkevich 9 1 1 2 6
D #37 Alexander Ryazantsev 9 0 3 3 0
D #45 Dmitry Kalinin 9 0 0 0 0
D #52 Andrei Markov 9 1 4 5 20
F #8 Alexander Ovechkin 8 5 3 8 4
F #13 Pavel Datsyuk 9 3 4 7 0
F #18 Evgeni Malkin 9 0 4 4 8
F #21 Alexander Kharitonov 8 2 0 2 4
F #23 Ivan Nepryaev 6 1 0 1 0
F #25 Viktor Kozlov 9 1 0 1 0
F #27 Alexei Kovalev 9 3 4 7 16
F #29 Vladimir Antipov 7 0 1 1 2
F #32 Alexander Semin 6 3 0 3 8
F #42 Sergei Zinoviev 6 1 2 3 20
F #61 Maxim Afinogenov 9 3 2 5 6
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk 9 3 3 6 4
F #79 Alexei Yashin 9 2 1 3 8
F #81 Fedor Fedorov 6 0 1 1 2
Goaltender GP W L T GAA SO
G #20 Alexander Eremenko 0 0 0 0 0 0
G #39 Maxim Sokolov 7 5 1 1 2.38 0
G #40 Sergei Zvyagin 2 1 0 1 1.5 1

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