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Author: Johan Nilsson (Hockey's Future)Date: 11/12/2004
Russia outperforms Finland

2004 U20 4 Nations Tourn.Evgeny Malkin and Denis Parshin both had excellent games against Findland as Russia bounced back from yesterday's defeat by Sweden.
What a difference a day can make. Russia did not play a terrible game against Sweden yesterday, but today’s effort against Finland was dramatically better.

Scoreless first period

After a slow start, the Russian U20 team put some pressure on the Finns with a one man advantage four minutes into the period. Defenseman Yakov Rylov was very willing to take the shot, but the Finns and excellent penalty killer Kim Nabb in particular, stood up well. The strong Russian play continued after the power play and Finnish goaltender Joonas Hallikainen was forced to make a spectacular save on a shot by flashy Denis Parshin. A few moments later Hallikainen was tested again, this time by defenseman Andrei Pervyshin, but once again he made a good save.

Evgeni Malkin really stood out in this game and after eight minutes of play he showed his tremendous skills for the first time. He had a great shift, displaying excellent puck handling skills and finishing the play all by himself with a wrister.

After 11:13 Malkin was once again in the center of the attention, but this time not in a good way being called for hooking, as he could not keep up with Lauri Tukonen’s quick moves in the Russian zone. Defenseman Dmitri Vorobjev shined with his determination and smarts, but after a huge hit by Petter Nokelainen the Finns managed to organize their play. Ville M

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