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2009 World Championships (Switzerland)
Tournament Articles
Russian national team's training camp (03/28/2009)
Tournament News
05/10/2009 Russia tops Canada, defends world title

BERN, Switzerland -- Russia defended its gold medal at the hockey world championship Sunday, beating Canada 2-1 in a rematch of last year's final. Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) had a tying, power-play goal in the first period and Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators) scored late in the second for Russia. The Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza gave Canada the early lead. Sweden won the bronze medal, beating the United States 4-2 earlier Sunday. Russia, which went unbeaten through the tournament despite trailing in six of its nine games, holds a 25-24 edge over Canada in total world titles. Russia had gone 15 years without a world championship victory before winning in 2008. (AP article on READ MORE
05/06/2009 Quarter final 1: Russia continues to fight for the medals

Russia had to fight hard, but at the end they earned their spot in the semifinals. Perhaps expecting to waltz through, the reigning champions struggled a bit, but a third period a goal by usual suspect Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers) was not countered by a tired Belarus team, who tried very hard throughout the whole match, but playing their top line almost every other shift resulted in them lacking any gas to attempt anything. ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso & Fredrik Bennison) READ MORE
05/05/2009 Russia to face Belarus in the quarterfinals

After finishing the first two group stages undefeated, Bykov's team Russia is going to face Belarus in the first medal round game valid for the tournament's quarterfinals. The winner will clash with the winner of the match between team Finland and team USA on friday at the local 16.15. Good news for Bykov: Danis Zaripov has been cleared to play and will return after the arm injury suffered in the round robin game against team France.
05/04/2009 IHWC 2009 - Day 10: Canada and Russia Roll on

Canada and Russia kept rolling with solid 5-1 and 6-1 wins against Norway and Latvia respectively. It looks increasingly likely that this years final will be a reprise of last year's great final between the two teams. Today's results also made clear that Russia will play Belarus in the quarterfinals. Hungary has been relegated to Division 1, while Denmark and Austria will play tomorrow in an all-decisive contest for survival. ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso, Fredrik Bennison & Karsten Skjalm) READ MORE
05/02/2009 Russia picks apart United States

BERN, Switzerland -- Russia scored three power-play goals to beat the United States 4-1 in the second round of the ice hockey world championship on Saturday. The U.S. took an early lead but paid for committing too many penalties as Russia rallied to make it 3-1 at the end of the first period. Russia got another power-play goal early in the second, and the Americans never looked close to a comeback in the teams' first meeting at the worlds in five years. Defending champion Russia secured a spot in the quarterfinals as a top seed, having won Group E with a game to spare. "This was the best game so far for us," defenseman Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers). "I know the real potential of our team so that is the way we should play every night." ( article) READ MORE
05/02/2009 QMJHL: Dmitry Kulikov wins 3 awards

2009 eligible Dmitry Kulikov won three awards for the 2008-09 season in the QMJHL. These are:

Best Pro prospect (Mike Bossy Award)
Rookie of the Year (RDS cup)
Best Defensemen (Emile Bouchard Trophy)
05/01/2009 Russia beats Sweden 6-5 in OT at ice hockey worlds

BERN, Switzerland — Defending champion Russia beat Sweden 6-5 in overtime Thursday after trailing three times in their second-round match at the ice hockey world championship. Defenseman Dmitri Kalinin (Buffalo Sabres) scooped a loose puck into the net with 56 seconds remaining in the five-minute extra period for his second goal of the game, after Sweden had tied it at 5-5 with 1:14 left in the third. The victory gives Russia early control of the six-team Group E, with the top four teams advancing to the quarterfinals next week. (By Graham Dunbar for USA Today) READ MORE
04/29/2009 Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) added to Russia's roster for the WC

After the injury obtained by Anton Volchenkov (Ottawa Senators) and Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Vyacheslav Bykov decided to add Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) to the roster for the tournament's second stage. Korneev's first match will be played on tuesday against team Sweden.
04/27/2009 Team Russia easily beaten France in tournament's second match

Canada thoroughly outclassed Hungary 9-0, Russia got an expected huge 7-2 victory over France and the two other games between Switzerland and Germany and Slovakia and Belarus were as tight as expected on third day of the 2009 IIHF World Championship ( article by Antti Vähäkainu, Alessandro Seren Rosso & Karsten Skjalm) READ MORE
04/13/2009 Second match in Austria, prospects shine

In the second match team Russia played in Austria against the local National team, head coach Vyacheslav Bykov decided to give more room to the youngsters. If in the first match Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) and Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks) were left out from the lineup, friday they played a nice role on the team and replied with great perfomances, with the other youngsters who were dressed in the first match, Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) and Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers). Also Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) was part of the match, but he's a regular with team Russia for the last three years.

It was Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) the one who had the honor of opening the dancing with a big slapshot after a won faceoff in the offensive zone. Maxim Kondratiev (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) made it 2-0 with another big time slapper in the dying seconds for the first period.

After two minutes of the middle period Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks) deflected in a great centering pass by Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) from the right circle. Three minutes later Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers), with a nice top shelf wristshot, finalized a great, quick combination in the offensive zone that seen the puck travelling from Radulov, to Gorovikov and to Atlant's player very quickly

And it was again Zubarev who, with a great breakout pass from the own zone launched Radulov on a quick counter attack free to score the 5-0 goal.

Prospect shined again after goals coming from Maxim Rybin (assisted by Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens)) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators), Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) scored Russia's eigth goal, deflecting in a slap shot by Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators), who was assisted by Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers).

Russia's next commitment will be the Euro Hockey Tour last stage in the Czech Republic.
04/10/2009 Russia overcomes Austria in preparation match

In Innsbruck Russia skated past Austria with a 3-1 score. Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens), Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers) and Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) played in this game. ( article by Alessandro Seren Rosso) READ MORE
03/28/2009 Russian national team's training camp

Vyacheslav Bykov and Igor Zakharkin released the list of the roster that will start the preparations for the 2009 IIHF WC and will play two test matches in Austria on April 8th and 10th. Some interesting callings are Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) and Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers). READ MORE
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