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Author: Evgeny Belashchenko (RussianProspects Exclusive)Date: 01/01/2005
U20 WJC: Russia - Switzerland Player Game Notes - Lisin's (Phoenix) best game thus far

2005 U20 World Junior ChampionshipsRUSSIA – SWITZRLAND 6:1 (2:0, 2:1, 2:0)
December 30th, 2004 - Thief River Falls, MN


OFFENSE
LINE 1: Lisin – Pestunov – Ovechkin

Russia’s first line played very well. The score should have been much higher, as this line had lots of chances. The three players interacted very well.
Enver Lisin (Phoenix Coyotes) – Improved his played from the previous games...played aggressively...on the first shift, he streaked into the zone and hit the post...had a breakaway early as well... assisted on Russia’s third goal when he fed the puck to Dmitri Pestunov...made two set ups that resulted in goals on Russia’s second and third goals...earned the player of the game honors...not only a finisher, but also sets line mates up.

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) – aggressive, physical player with an impressive top speed...a very impressive finisher...was able to break through the Swiss defense rather easily on several occasions...scored two goals with precise wrist shots...plays physical hockey, fights hard at the boards...

Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes) – Played well against the Swiss...had more space to work and controlled the ice well, feeding the puck to his line mates...scored a goal after a nice feed from Enver Lisin...possesses a good top speed and accelerates well...does not have very good size, but still fights hard at the boards...continued to play with the same level of aggressiveness as during the Belarus and Czech games, which was a solid improvement over the US game.

LINE 2: Radulov (Parshin 40:00-60:00) – Malkin – Shirokov
Did not stand out for its playmaking – something the line was known for in the previous contests. Had several individual chances, but did not play well as a unit, largely due to the performances of the two wingers.
Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) – Did not play well during this game... did not skate with the same speed...could have suffered a leg injury, unclear where the loss of speed comes from...did not seem to be able to handle the speed of the game, constantly losing the puck...did not play with the same confidence as he did during the Canada/Russia Challenge in November – had a bad game even when compared to his performance in the previous two games on Russia’s second line...besides the newly apparent problems in this game, could not read Malkin as well as before...was replaced on Russia’s second line by Parshin in the third period.

Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) – Had a solid game...carried the puck into the zone...effectively distributed the puck to his linemates, who unfortunately did not have great games, with Radulov struggling and Shirokov having an average game, not like against the Czechs and Belarus...scored a beautiful goal which was disallowed: He took the puck from his zone, skated around two Swiss players, then was met by two defensemen, but released a mean wrist shot before the two converged on him, which beat the Swiss goalie high right underneath the crossbar. In the meantime, Enver Lisin broke his stick and skated to the bench to get another one. Trying to help, Alexander Galimov threw another stick on the ice, which Lisin picked up and returned to action. The throwing of the stick was illegal and when Lisin picked up the stick, Russia incurred the penalty, but it wasn’t called for 30 seconds until after Russia scored the goal. Then, the linesman skated over and talked the situation over with the referee, who subsequently disallowed the goal.

Alexander Shirokov (Undrafted) – Had an average game...continued to skate well with Malkin...fought hard at the boards, but didn’t have to do too much of this against the Swiss...had a great scoring chance, when he got a feed from Malkin, took a wrist shot in the goalie’s five hole, but the puck hit the goalie’s legs or pads between his legs, and the puck was deflected to the side, just shy of the post....was not able to create as much offensively as in the previous contests.

LINE 3: Nikulin – Shafigullin – Galimov
Had a solid game for Russia, interacting better than before and again having a lot of scoring chances, just like in the game against Belarus.

Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators) – Played well in this game in every part of the ice... had a lot of chances, but was unable to convert...again hit the post, making the total number three posts thus far in the tournament – broke out on a one on one and ripped a wrist shot which hit the post...was a regular on Russia’s short handed unit.

Alexander Galimov (Undrafted) – Scored his goal with a shot from the face off circle – the goalie saved the initial shot with his blocker, but then the puck bounced off the blocker and into the net...a good skater with an impressive top speed...average size, but that was not an issue against the Swiss.

Grigori Shafigullin (Nashville Predators) – Was very active on the ice...worked very hard...fought hard at the boards and used his size well...appears to be about 6’4 now...did not make a lot of things happen in the offensive zone...added a physical element to Russia’s lineup.

LINE 4: Parshin (Radulov 40:00-60:00) – Yunkov - Voloshenko
Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) – Had his best game of the tournament – which doesn’t say all that much, but is still a step forward...turned the puck over right in his own zone during his first shift on the ice, which almost resulted in a goal for the Swiss, but the goalie saved the puck...played much better after the turnover...joined the second line after the second period...nothing really changed in this skilled, speedy forward’s game since the previous contests...as with the Belarus, had an easier time skating against the smaller Swiss squad due to all the open ice...it’s clear that he has been playing with Malkin for a long time, the two interact well...lacks size and will have trouble against bigger teams...unclear if he will skate on the second line in the semifinals, unless Radulov is truly injured.

Mikhail Yunkov (Washington Capitals) – Coming around since the slow start against the United States...reliable defensively – shutting down the Swiss in the neutral zone...fights hard in the corners...made a couple of nice passes offensively, but nothing came out of them.

Roman Voloshenko (Minnesota Wild) – Skating is still an issue, as it does not allow him to blow by opponents...wasn’t noticeable on the ice...couldn’t make things happen offensively...good puck control.

DEFENSE:
PAIRING 1: Vorobiev – Ezhov

Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs) – Very reliable defensively...continued to create physical pressure by throwing his body around the boards...doesn’t hesitate to join in on offense...scored Russia’s first goal on a power play: Ovechkin shot the puck, and Lisin got the rebound, fed it to Vorobiev, who was skating in on the boards and Vorobiev released a precise wrist shot high and beat the goalie over the shoulder.

Denis Ezhov (Buffalo Sabres) – Ezhov’s best game of the tournament...above average skating with an above average acceleration...fights at the boards, but needs to be more aggressive and lacks the size to be effective – sufficient against the Swiss, but may not do as well against bigger teams...made a couple of defensive errors, but either him or Vorobiev compensated and the mistakes were not as glaring...proved to be reliable at both ends of the ice.

PAIRING 2: Misharin – Rylov
Grigori Misharin (Minnesota Wild) – Has good size and is hard to move at the boards...works hard in the corners...average speed, but the mobility and lateral movement have improved since the beginning of the tournament...scored Russia’s fifth goal 11 minutes into the third period when he ripped a strong, precise slap shot from the blue line.

Rylov (Undrafted) – Reliable defensively...above average skating forwards and backwards...conservative in the offensive zone, staying on the blue line...did not stand out, but did not make noticeable mistakes either.

PAIRING 3: Emelin – Panin
Alexander Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
– Didn’t play as well positionally as before...made a critical positional mistake that resulted in a penalty shot against Russia: made a positional error, letting a Swiss forward by him. Made up for the error by taking the player down. Khudobin handled the penalty shot...fights hard at the corners and on the boards...does not seem as sturdy on his skates as in the Super League or at previous tournaments – fights hard, but falls down instead of holding his own.

Grigori Panin (Undrafted) – Did not stand out by playing well or badly...doesn’t play physical hockey, instead uses his stick...slightly above average skating.

PAIRING 4: Megalinsky – Belov
Anton Belov (Undrafted)
– Played very well...sees the ice well and makes good decisions...played more physical hockey than earlier in the tournament, but still Megalinsky did most of the hitting...skated on several shifts against big Swiss forwards - #26 and #29 and handled them very well...uses his body well instead of just using his stick for hooking.

Dmitri Megalinsky (Undrafted) – Had a very good game...Russia’s most physical defenseman...had several nice hits on the boards, including a couple against #26 and #29 in the Swiss lineup, who are the bigger, more aggressive players on that team.

GOALTENDING
Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild)
– Saw little action...did not play all that well...made a couple of positional mistakes...got lucky on several occasions when he made mistakes...continued to play the puck out of the crease and was for the most part effective, but made one mistake. When he skated out of the net to gain control of the puck, instead of handing it to the defenseman who was streaking towards the puck, he tried to clear it and the clear went straight to a Swiss player, who put it into an open net.


RUSSIA – SWITZERLAND 6:1 (2:0, 2:1, 2:0)
December 30th, 2004 - Thief River Falls, MN
GOALS: 1:0 Dmitri Vorobiev (Alexander Ovechkin – 4:58pp), 2:0 Dmitri Pestunov (Enver Lisin – 17:20), 2:1 Marco Kaser (21:09pp), 3:1 Alexander Ovechkin (Dmitri Pestunov, Enver Lisin – 27:07pp), 4:1 Alexander Galimov (Alexander Nikulin – 29:37), 5:1 Grigori Misharin (Evgeni Malkin, Denis Parshin – 51:12pp), 6:1 Alexander Ovechkin (Dmitri Pestunov, Enver Lisin – 58:16)
GOALIES: Anton Khudobin (16 saves, 17 shots) – Michael Tobler (38 shots, 32 saves);
SHOTS: 38-17
PENALTIES: 22 - 18
RUSSIA’S LINEUP: Khudobin; Vorobiev - Ezhov, Misharin - Rylov (2), Emelin - Panin, Belov - Megalinsky; Ovechkin - Pestunov - Lisin, Shirokov - Malkin (4+10) - Radulov (2), Nikulin - Shafigullin - Galimov, Voloshenkov - Yunkov - Parshin (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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