Kuznetsov scores two, Russia downs Austria 6-2 in WJC opener (Photo © La Presse Canadienne)
2010 eligible Evgeny Kuznetsov scored two goals, Kirill Petrov, Vladimir Tarasenko, Maxim Chudinov and Maxim Trunev contributed with one goal each as Russia downed Austria 6-2 in WJC first game for both teams. The match was pretty much decided after the first period as Russia was up 4-1 after the goals scored by Trunev, Chudinov, Kuznetsov, Tarasenko, this last one was particularly eye-catching. Team’s captain Nikita Filatov has been silent and left out the score sheet.
Plyuschev’s team didn’t had their best game even if they controlled the flow of the game with relative ease thanks to its forward’s superior skating, probably they tried to save energy for the upcoming matches. Goalkeeper Igor Bobkov stopped 14 shots, but he wasn’t really responsible in any of the goals he allowed.
The defense’s game wasn’t really spot-on, but Washington Capitals’ prospect Dmitry Orlov had two assists, Maxim Chudinov scored two points (one goal and one assist) and both players logged big minutes and were the most noticeable among blue liners.
Read Russianprospects.com’s article for a complete game report and scouting notes.
Team Russia’s next match will be played on Monday against Team Finland.