This was a fun game to watch. Not only did you get to see a great game, but you didn’t have to set your alarm for two minutes after midnight.
The game in a couple of sentences: Team Russia’s Valeri Nichushkin suffered a 5 minute checking from behind penalty (a game misconduct) in the first period. Canada gets two goals in two minutes, both goaltenders play well, but Russia can’t mount a comeback.
Let’s talk about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and some other things as well.
- ONE LOUDER- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on each of Canada’s goals (except the empty netter by Jonathan Huberdeau) and pushes his point total to 11 for the tournament. Nothing new to see here, move along.
- Doug Hamilton has been a lightning rod this tournament. He gets Canada on the board with their first goal, a nice slap shot from the point. Aside from his giveaway that helped Team Russia score their lone goal, Mark Scheifele had a solid game, earning a goal.
- Malcolm Subban didn’t face as many shots as Team Russia’s Alexei Makarov, but he kept his team’s head way above water. Subban yielded one goal in 22 shots. Subban had his hands full and he stood tall.
- Speaking of Makarov, guy has looked solid each time I’ve seen him play. Russia couldn’t climb back after allowing two PP goals in the first, but Makarov finished with 44 saves on 47 shots (.936). Small sample size, but that puts him at .956 for the tournament.
Canada skips to the semi-final round, and will play on Thursday. Russia will play against Switzerland at 6 AM on Wednesday (8 Eastern).
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