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25
Feb
10

Quarterfinal: Russia 3 – CANADA 7

Goals: Kalinin (Volchenkov, Fedorov), Afinogenov (Kovalchuk, Grebeshkov), Gonchar (Malkin) – Getzlaf (Boyle, Pronger), Boyle (Heatley, Marleau), Nash (Toews, Richards), Morrow (Boyle, Keith), Perry (Getzlaf, Keith), Weber (Toews, Iginla), Perry (Staal, Getzlaf)
Shots: Russia 28 – Canada 42
Saves: Nabokov 17/23, Bryzgalov 18/19 – Luongo 25/28
PIM: Russia 10 – Canada 10

After playing its worst Olympic game in history, Russia is going home with a 6th-place finish. From the start of the match, Russia could not contain Canada’s aggressive and energetic offense. Only after 24 minutes and a score of 6-1, the coach pulled Nabokov. Bryzgalov fared much better in net, but Russia’s overall uncharacteristic play made the game uncompetitive. Russia lost in regulation time for the first time since the 2006 World Championship and lost under Bykov and Zakharkin for only the third time in a stretch of 31 games. This is also Russia’s first Olympic loss to Canada in fifty years. Clearly, the team that wanted to win more won.

Final stats:

Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM
D #5 Ilya Nikulin 4 0 1 1 0 2
D #6 Anton Volchenkov 4 0 1 1 +2 2
D #7 Dmitry Kalinin 4 1 1 2 +2 0
D #22 Konstantin Korneev 4 0 0 0 0 4
D #37 Denis Grebeshkov 4 0 1 1 0 2
D #51 Fedor Tyutin 4 0 2 2 +1 2
D #55 Sergei Gonchar 4 1 0 1 +1 2
D #79 Andrei Markov 4 0 2 2 -1 0
F #8 Alexander Ovechkin 4 2 2 4 +1 2
F #11 Evgeni Malkin 4 3 3 6 0 0
F #13 Pavel Datsyuk 4 1 2 3 +2 2
F #25 Danis Zaripov 4 2 0 2 -1 2
F #28 Alexander Semin 4 0 2 2 0 4
F #29 Sergei Fedorov 4 0 4 4 +2 6
F #42 Sergei Zinoviev 4 0 2 2 +1 0
F #47 Alexander Radulov 4 1 1 2 +1 4
F #52 Viktor Kozlov 4 1 0 1 +1 0
F #61 Maxim Afinogenov 4 1 1 2 +2 0
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk 4 1 2 3 +1 0
F #95 Alexei Morozov 4 2 0 2 0 0
Goaltender GP W L GAA Save % SO
G #20 Evgeni Nabokov 3 2 1 4.16 85.3 0
G #30 Ilya Bryzgalov 2 0 1 1.78 94.2 0
G #40 Semyon Varlamov 0 0 0 0 0 0
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21
Feb
10

Game 3: RUSSIA 4 – Czech Republic 2

Goals: Malkin (Datsyuk, Ovechkin), Kozlov (Radulov, Fedorov), Malkin (Semin, Tyutin), Datsyuk (Malkin, Ovechkin) – Plekanec (Elias, Kaberle), M. Michalek (Zidlicky, Blatak)
Shots: Russia 31 – Czech Republic 25
Saves: Nabokov 23 – Vokoun 28
PIM: Russia 12 – Czech Republic 6

After an unexpected loss, Russia stepped up their game to beat long-time rivals Czech Republic and win Group B of the tournament. Russia also clinched the #3 position in the overall points rankings. In a consistently tense game, hard battles were fought, brilliant saves made, and mistakes taken advantage of. After being shifted to Ovechkin’s line, Malkin emerged as the most productive player. Ovechkin himself continued to dominate with his physical play, including wiping out equally-strong Jaromir Jagr with a hit that led to the game-winning goal. Datsyuk, now centering Kovalchuk’s line, played over 20 minutes and was crucial in neutralizing the Czech powerplay. Russia did not escape injuries though, as Zinoviev sat out the third period due to hurting his leg from a hit involving Radulov and Czech David Krejci.

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19
Feb
10

Game 2: Russia 1 – Slovakia 2 (SO)

Goals: Morozov (Markov, Zinoviev) – M. Hossa (Demitra, Hossa)
Shootout goals: Ovechkin – Stumpel, Demitra

Shots: Russia 37 – Slovakia 33
Saves: Bryzgalov 31 – Halak 36
PIM: Russia 6 – Slovakia 10

Russia got its first real test in the Slovakian team and struggled to put the puck past goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Bryzgalov, who allowed five goals against Slovakia at the 2006 Olympics, was nearly perfect for Russia in this rematch. Despite coach Bykov shaping a powerplay unit of Ovechkin-Malkin-Semin-Kovalchuk-Gonchar, Russia still had powerplay difficulties.

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17
Feb
10

Game 1: RUSSIA 8 – Latvia 2

Goals: Zaripov (Fedorov, Nikulin), Radulov (Fedorov, Kalinin), Ovechkin (Semin), Malkin (Afinogenov, Kovalchuk), Ovechkin (Datsyuk), Zaripov (Zinoviev), Kovalchuk (Malkin, Tyutin), Morozov (Malkin) – Vasiljevs (Nizivijs, Cipulis), Ankipans (Sprukts, Karsums)
Shots: Russia 45 – Latvia 20
Saves: Nabokov 18 – Masalskis 37
PIM: Russia 10 – Latvia 16

The coaching staff established the units as follows: Ovechkin-Datsyuk-Semin-Korneev-Grebeshkov, Kovalchuk-Malkin-Afinogenov-Gonchar-Tyutin, Zaripov-Zinoviev-Morozov-Markov-Nikulin, and Kozlov-Fedorov-Radulov-Volchenkov-Kalinin. Russia started out these Olympics with a bang as predicted, firing 19 shots on Latvia in the opening period. The team did ease defensively at times, allowing Latvia to realize two chances in the first four minutes of the third period, but Russia sealed the match with three goals in the same frame. In the end however, Russia scored on only one powerplay out of eight. Korneev played the most, logging 17:00 of ice time.

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15
Feb
10

2010 Olympics: Russia’s Final Roster

Player Team Date of Birth Place of Birth
D #5 Ilya Nikulin Ak Bars Kazan 12/03/82 Moscow, RUS
D #6 Anton Volchenkov Ottawa Senators 26/02/82 Moscow, RUS
D #7 Dmitry Kalinin Salavat Yulaev Ufa 22/07/80 Chelyabinsk, RUS
D #22 Konstantin Korneev CSKA Moscow 05/06/84 Moscow, RUS
D #37 Denis Grebeshkov Edmonton Oilers 11/10/83 Yaroslavl, RUS
D #51 Fedor Tyutin Columbus Blue Jackets 19/07/83 Izhevsk, RUS
D #55 Sergei Gonchar Pittsburgh Penguins 13/04/74 Chelyabinsk, RUS
D #79 Andrei Markov Montreal Canadiens 21/12/78 Voskresensk, RUS
F #8 Alexander Ovechkin (A) Washington Capitals 17/09/85 Moscow, RUS
F #11 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins 31/07/86 Magnitogorsk, RUS
F #13 Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings 20/07/78 Ekaterinburg, RUS
F #25 Danis Zaripov Ak Bars Kazan 26/03/81 Chelyabinsk, RUS
F #29 Sergei Fedorov Metallurg Magnitogorsk 13/12/69 Pskov, RUS
F #32 Alexander Semin Washington Capitals 04/03/84 Krasnoyarsk, RUS
F #42 Sergei Zinoviev Salavat Yulaev Ufa 04/03/80 Prokopievsk, RUS
F #47 Alexander Radulov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 05/07/86 Nizhniy Tagil, RUS
F #52 Viktor Kozlov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 14/02/75 Togliatti, RUS
F #61 Maxim Afinogenov Atlanta Thrashers 04/09/79 Moscow, RUS
F #71 Ilya Kovalchuk (A) New Jersey Devils 15/04/83 Tver, RUS
F #95 Alexei Morozov (C) Ak Bars Kazan 16/02/77 Moscow, RUS
G #20 Evgeni Nabokov San Jose Sharks 25/07/75 Kamenogorsk, KAZ
G #30 Ilya Bryzgalov Phoenix Coyotes 22/06/80 Togliatti, RUS
G #40 Semyon Varlamov Washington Capitals 27/04/88 Samara, RUS
Coach: Vyacheslav Bykov Salavat Yulaev Ufa 24/07/60 Chelyabinsk, RUS
Assistant Coach: Igor Zakharkin Salavat Yulaev Ufa 16/03/58 Bryansk, RUS
General Manager: Vladislav Tretiak Russian Hockey Federation 25/04/52 Orudyevo, RUS



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