CANADA 3, RUSSIA 1
Team Canada answered any questions as to their supremacy of the North
American pool, cruising to 3-1 win over Russia to complete their
round robin portion of the World Cup tournament at 3-0. Brad Richards
opened the scoring with a second period shorthanded effort, with
checker Kris Draper notching the eventual game-winner 97 seconds
later. The talented Russians, fresh off a dominant performance
against the U.S., generated their share of quality scoring chances
but could not beat goalie Martin Brodeur until Sergei Gonchar spoiled
his shutout bid midway through the third period.
Impact players: Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, replacing Wade Redden
(shoulder), played with poise and confidence, easing concerns that
the shy 20-year-old might struggle against world-class competition...
With the Russians still within two goals, Brodeur continually stymied
them, namely Alexei Yashin and Alexander Frolov in tight... Centerman
Vincent Lecavalier continued to provide a strong two-way effort,
assisting on the game-winner and earning first star honors...
Surprise starter Maxim Sokolov did not look out of place, stopping 25
of 28 shots.
Game notes: The Russians made three lineup changes: Sokolov, of Omsk
of the Russian Super League, replaced Ilya Bryzgalov in goal. On the
blueline, rugged youngsters Anton Volchenkov (foot) and Vitaly
Vishnevski (scratch) sat out in favor of mobile rearguard Dmitri
Kalinin and offensive catalyst Andrei Markov... Fourth line center
Artem Chubarov played sparingly, especially after Russia fell behind
2-0 in the second period... Team captain Mario Lemieux shrugged off
an accidental knee to the head, notching his first point of the
tournament with an assist on Joe Sakic's insurance goal... Victims of
the recent tragedies in Russia were honored with a moment of silence
before the game.