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Islanders at the World Championships Day Three: 5-2-2005

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    http://www.ihwc.net/english/boxscores/?game=1000000323 Yashin: No points.. http://www.ihwc.net/english/article/recaps/index.ihwc?&artId=2010 Russians rally to
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      Yashin: No points..

      http://www.ihwc.net/english/article/recaps/index.ihwc?&artId=2010

      Russians rally to tie Slovakia

      By Lucas Aykroyd
      Vienna

      Who will win Group A? Monday's 3-3 tie between Slovakia and Russia
      provided more questions than answers. Viktor Kozlov's late goal
      enabled Russia to secure the single point.

      Much like the 2002 gold medal game, Slovak goalie Jan Lasak and
      Russian netminder Maxim Sokolov faced off for bragging rights. This
      time it was a saw-off, with Lasak stopping 28 shots and Sokolov
      countering with 19 saves of his own.

      Ivan Nepryaev and Andrei Markov also scored for Russia. Zigmund
      Palffy, Marian Hossa, and Lubomir Visnovsky had the Slovak goals.

      The previous Slovakia-Russia meeting in the Worlds was a 2-0 win for
      the Slovaks in the 2004 Qualifying Round.

      In the early going, neither team had a decisive advantage, but the
      Slovaks looked better-organized, while the Russians struggled to get
      their skating game in gear. Alexander Ovechkin managed a nice long
      pass to Maxim Afinogenov streaking through the neutral zone, but the
      breakaway failed to materialize. Going the other direction, Andrei
      Markov hauled down Marian Hossa on a break and was penalized.

      The Slovaks opened the scoring at 12:57 on the ensuing power play,
      when Martin Strbak's low shot from the point rebounded off the back
      boards to Palffy, who was wide open to Sokolov's left and tapped it
      in the open side with the goalie caught off-guard. Ovechkin and
      Afinogenov came back buzzing around the Slovak net, but their flash
      and dash generated nothing.

      At 9:23 of the second period, Slovakia stretched its lead to 2-0 on a
      pretty power play tally. Josef Stumpel cut into the Russian zone on
      left wing and circled round the goal, sending a backhand pass from
      behind the goal to Hossa, who deked Sokolov and put the disc home on
      the short side.

      Just 22 seconds later, Russia had a reply. A shot fired by Vladimir
      Antipov on the rush deflected off the skate of Ivan Nepryaev, who was
      turning in front of Lasak, and the puck slid through the Slovak
      netminder's legs. Seconds later, Alexander Ovechkin made a strong bid
      for the tying goal, bursting down left wing and stickhandling his way
      through Richard Linter, but Lasak stuck out his glove to stop
      Ovechkin's fluttering shot.

      The goal seemed to take the Slovak fans out of the game, and Russia
      capitalized on its newfound momentum. During a two-man Russian
      advantage with Stumpel and Handzus serving minors, Russian point man
      Andrei Markov moved into the center of the rink and blasted a
      slapshot past Lasak's stick side at 12:22, tying the score at 2-2.

      A post-whistle scrum broke out at 16:01 of the middle frame in the
      Russian zone after Sokolov had smothered the puck. Slovak captain
      Miroslav Satan, Russian defenseman Vitali Proshkin, and Russian
      forward Ilya Kovalchuk were the main combatants, dropping their
      sticks and gloves, and when Finnish referee Hannu Henriksson had it
      all sorted out, the Slovaks enjoyed the man advantage.

      Then Markov was penalized for roughing up Michal Handzus deep in his
      zone, making it a two-man advantage. Heavy Slovak pressure ensued,
      particularly when Pavel Datsyuk lost his stick, but the Detroit star
      recovered by kicking the puck out of the Russian zone soccer-style.

      The Slovaks regained the lead just 1:27 into the third period after
      Russia got dinged for too many men on the ice. Lubomir Visnovsky
      stepped in from the right point and hammered a slapshot past
      Sokolov's glove.

      In the fourth minute, Russia's Alexander Kharitonov came close to
      tying it but his blast from the left side ricocheted off the post
      behind Lasak.

      The Russians really started to crank it up in the last half of the
      third period. The rushing Afinogenov had a wide-open chance off an
      Ovechkin rebound to tie it at the side of the net, but he whacked it
      off the side of the net. Nepryaev faked out Dominik Granak a couple
      of minutes later and had a great opportunity cutting in from the
      right side, but his shot drifted high and wide.

      With 2:21 remaining, the Russians finally broke through. Ilya
      Kovalchuk whacked the puck off Lasak's left pad in close before
      Viktor Kozlov snared the rebound and put it high over the fallen
      goalie to secure the tie.

      Vladimir Antipov was named Russia's Player of the Game, while Zigmund
      Palffy claimed the honors for Slovakia.

      The Stadthalle was packed with a massively pro-Slovak crowd, which
      frequently drowned out Russian fans' chants of "Shaibu!" by whistling
      deafeningly and singing "Slovensko!"
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