|Author: Evgeny Belashchenko (RussianProspects Exclusive)||Date: 12/28/2004
|Russia vs. Czech Republic Detailed Game Notes: Malkin shines, Shirokov scores|
|2005 U20 World Junior ChampionshipsRUSSIA – CZECH REPUBLIC 4:1 (2:0, 1:1, 1:0) |
PLAYER GAME NOTES:
LINE 1: Lisin - Ovechkin - Pestunov
#8 Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) - Had a relatively quiet game on Russia's
top line...has a great top speed...had a breakaway, tried to go left post on the
goalie, but since Schwartz was just scored on that post by Shirokov, he slid to
the post and stopped Ovechkin, who didn't even lift the puck that much...interacted
better with Lisin and Pestunov than against the Americans.
#12 Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) - skated around the net and made
a great feed to Ovechkin 15 minutes into the first period. Ovechkin just missed
the pass feed at the left post and would have put it into the empty net...got
leveled at the boards late in the first period by a face to face hit, but at 200
pounds and a low center of gravity, should not be that easy to knock down.
#26 Lisin (Phoenix Coyotes) - great speed, good puckhandler...had
a great chance 16 minutes into the second period when he puckhandled his way around
a defenseman, streaked into the offensive zone and then released a feisty wrist
shot that Schwartz blocked, and sent high above the net...Lisin scored Russia's
fourth goal by punching in a rebound - the whole line passed the puck in the offensive
zone, then he puckhandled towards the net, shooting the puck. Ovechkin shot it
again, and then Lisin streaked in for the rebound from the sprawled out goalie.
He quickly punched it into the back of the net...didn't have very good first period
and a half of the second period - coasting a bit and not playing with much intensity...picked
the game up late in the second period and played aggressively in the third period,
fighting for the puck and making quick passes to Ovechkin and Pestunov.
LINE 2: Radulov - Malkin - Shirokov
#29 Shirokov (Undrafted) - Malkin set up the second goal by giving Shirokov
a quick feed from the left faceoff circle to the right goal post, and Shirokov
put it into the empty net...had a great chance 6 minutes into the first period
when he skated down the center and shot the puck. Schwartz gave up a rebound,
which Shirokov picked up and shot, but the goalie was able to put his glove up
and stop the puck from rising above him into the net...played aggressively...fought
at the boards, but isn't very big so could not really make things happen when
checking his opponent.
#17 Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) - Set up the second goal by
giving Shirokov a quick feed from the left face-off circle to the right goal post,
and Shirokov put it into the empty net...A Czech forward was standing in the red
circle and he wanted to pass the puck between the circles. Malkin intercepted
it with his reach, and scored the goal by taking a backhand from the slot around
the goalie on the ice...had a great chance 10 minutes into the second period when
he intercepted a pass, put up the speed and had a breakaway, but was pulled down
last second, drawing a penalty...skated his way into the Czech zone half way through
the third period - went past a couple of players and then shot the puck five hole,
but Schwartz was prepared
#22 Radulov (Nashville Predators) - Skated on Russia's second
line with Malkin and Shirokov...not a physical player and is easily tied down
at the boards...at times tries to mix it up in traffic, but when a response comes
he is easily neutralized...backchecked to help out the defense, didn't appear
to understand how to be helpful, but the effort was there...played better than
Parshin - provided better size and durability than the Colorado Avalanche prospect...will
likely stay on the second line...needs more time to understand Malkin better -
Malkin skated into the zone with the puck and made a quick feed to Radulov, who
was still waiting around the blue line and had to turn on the jets to get to the
puck - he should have started skating as soon as Malkin entered the offensive
LINE 3: Galimov - Shafigullin - Nikulin
#21 Nikulin (Ottawa Senators)- Skated on the power kill with Malkin,
Rylov and Misharin...despite being placed on the wing, played well defensively,
showing his true colors of a center...created a couple of good scoring chances
- missed on a good opportunity in the second when he skated out on Schwartz between
two Czech players, but the goalie was ready.
#19 Shafigullin (Nashville Predators) - Very good on his skates...fights
hard at the boards and is tough to knock down...not a technical skater, but has
a good top speed...couldn't create much offensively... he had some misses defensively,
and Nikulin had to back him up - good to have two centers on one line...did not
see the ice all that well, but that could have been more because of a lack of
chemistry between the players on Russia's third line...
#11 Galimov (Undrafted) - great puck handler...not very big and
can't get past opponents in traffic if puck handling alone doesn’t do it...possesses
an impressive top speed...sees the ice well - looks around with the puck and notices
what is going on everywhere around the ice - not just immediately around him...made
some nice feeds across the ice...not a big player and can't play physical hockey
- tried to fight at the boards, hitting one of the Czech players to the right
of the Czech net, trying to bang the puck loose. It did not work and when he tried
it the second time, the Czech player turned around and delivered a strong hit
on Galimov that took him clean off his feet.
LINE 4: Voloshenko - Yunkov - Parshin
#25 Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) - Was not very noticeable in the game...Parshin's
presence energized the fourth line, and Voloshenko shot the puck more than against
the US, but he was still in the background, and did not get much ice time.
#23 Yunkov (Washington Capitals) - quiet game...returns to his
own zone and plays well defensively...fought hard at the boards, didn't prove
effective against bigger players, but showed the willingness.
#27 Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) - Very good puckhandler with
an impressive top speed...skated the puck around a couple of opponents with seconds
left in the last period, but then got tied up rather easily by bigger players...not
very strong on his skates and can easily be knocked down and controlled...had
better chances on the fourth line, since the opposing defensemen were weaker,
but continued to play the same quick, skilled style he always plays.
PAIRING 1: Ezhov - Vorobiev
#24 Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres) - shot the puck from the blue line
early in the first period, he was the last player back and the shot deflected
well behind him. Ezhov raced back into the Russian zone with one of the Czech
players and the Czech player got there first. Ezhov tied up the Czech player with
his body and stick and then leveled him into the boards behind the Russian net...missed
a couple of attempted checks at the boards.
#6 Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) - had a great hit early in
the first period in the neutral zone that caused a turnover...Russia's safest
defensemen...very mobile...sees the ice well...helped out offensively and fired
a few slap shots...a two way defenseman who contributes in the offensive zone
and is very strong defensively...had to cover for Ezhov on several occasions.
PAIRING 2: Rylov - Misharin
#7 Rylov (Undrafted) - better defensively than he was against the Americans...mobile
defenseman...doesn't like to skate backwards...still plays Super League hockey
- letting a player go by and then trying to hook him.
#15 Misharin (Minnesota Wild) - Not mobile and has trouble keeping
up with faster forwards - instead hacks them with his stick...plays physical when
a player is in range, but his speed is a factor...not a very good puckhandler...positioning
needs to improve and he needs to stay defensively oriented...skating is technical,
just his top speed is not impressive.
PAIRING 3: Emelin - Panin
#20 Emelin (Montreal Canadiens) - Average sized, but physical defenseman...skates
well...missed on a couple of checking attempts on the boards...doesn't hesitate
to skate through traffic...played reliably, but did not really stand out in this
#5 Panin (Undrafted) - cheap player, using his stick and holding
down a player...got called for a holding penalty midway through the second period...at
times tries to play physical hockey, but hasn't displayed the ability to do so...a
mobile skater with a good top speed.
PAIRING 4: Belov - Megalinsky
#3 Belov (Undrafted) - Very mobile and moved around the ice well...played
solid, safe hockey...really should have been moved up from the last line...had
one dangerous chance in his own zone when he misplayed the puck on the boards
to the left of the net, but then controlled the situation and forced the Czech
player behind Russia's net...did not have as good of a game as he did against
#14 Megalinsky (Undrafted) - Very tough against the boards to
fight with...skating average...levels people into the boards and plays physical
#30 Khudobin (Minnesota Wild) - quick butterfly...ventures out of the
net more than his skills allow...the one goal he allowed- a shot on the ice right
between his legs...doesn't seem to have much confidence - had a couple of unlucky
bounces and just isn't playing like himself - despite only one goal...likes to
venture outside the crease and looked better at it during this game...couldn't
control the rebounds all that well - a couple of rebounds trickled right by the
post...a lot appears to have to do with nerves.
RUSSIA – CZECH REPUBLIC 4:1 (2:0, 1:1, 1:0)
December 27th, 2004 - Thief River Falls Arena
GOALS: 1:0 Alexander Radulov (Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Shirokov – 7:03pp),
2:0 Sergei Shirokov (Evgeni Malkin – 10:44pp), Evgeni Malkin (21:14), 3:1
Zbynek Hrdel (Lukas Bolf – 29:36pp), 4:1 Enver Lisin (Alexander Ovechkin
GOALIES: Khudobin (25 saves, 26 shots) – Schwartz (28 saves, 32 shots)
RUSSIAN LINEUP: Khudobin (24 saves), Ezhov (2) – Vorobiev, Rylov
(10+2) – Misharin (2), Panin (2) – Emelin (2), Belov (2) – Megalinsky
(2), Lisin – Pestunov – Ovechkin, Radulov (2) – Malkin –
Shirokov, Nikulin (2) – Shafigullin – Galimov, Parshin (2) –
Yunkov – Voloshenko (2);
Related Player Profiles: . A.Belov A.Emelin D.Ezhov A.Galimov A.Khudobin E.Lisin E.Malkin D.Megalinsky G.Misharin A.Nikulin A.Ovechkin G.Panin D.Parshin D.Pestunov A.Radulov Y.Rylov G.Shafigullin S.Shirokov R.Voloshenko D.Vorobiev M.Yunkov
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