IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 4-2 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ – 27 Aug 2007

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย 4-2 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Canada/Russia Super Series, Game 1
Ufa Arena,ย Ufa ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Monday, 27 August 2007

The Canada / Russia Super Series was created to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, the eight-game series that started the Canada-Russia hockey rivalry that still exists today.

In preparation for the 2007 version, Team Canada players watched a documentary of the series, including Game 1 in Montrรฉal, where the over-confident Canadians jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, only to see the Soviet Union storm back to win 7-3.

In Game 1 of their own series on Monday night in Ufa, Russia, the roles were reversed.

Down 2-0 before the game was even 10 minutes old, the Canadians staged of a comeback of their own, equalizing the game at 2-2 before the end of the first period on their way to a 4-2 win.

Goals by Vyacheslav Solodukhin and Alexander Ryabev appeared to have the Russians on their way to an opening game victory, much the same as 35 years ago.

But Stefan Legein and Kyle Turris โ€“ on a penalty shot โ€“ scored 45 seconds apart late in the opening frame, providing a spark to the Canadians.

“It was tough going in, trying to get our legs,” Turris said following the first period. “All of us are playing our first game of the summer, and it took us a little bit of time to gel, but we finished the period strong. That was one of our goals we had coming in.”

The momentum the Canadians picked up late in the first period translated over to the second, as a pair of 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold medalists combined on Canadaโ€™s two goals in the period.

Sam Gagner set up Brad Marchand in the opening minute, while Marchand returned the favour to Gagner with 1:10 to go, sending the Canadians to the intermission up 4-2.

Canadaโ€™s shutdown defensive game โ€“ a staple of a Brent Sutter-coached team โ€“ did the rest, and goaltender Steve Mason rebounded from a shaky start to stymie the Russians over the final 50 minutes.

“We got off to a slow start, but we wanted to stick to the game plan, and I think it ended up working pretty well,” said Gagner.

Mason had little chance on the Russiansโ€™ opening goal โ€“ a screen / deflection by Solodukhin โ€“ and was handcuffed on Ryabevโ€™s wrist shot from just inside the blueline, putting the Canadians in an early hole.

But strong work by Canadaโ€™s checking line โ€“ Legein, captain Milan Lucic and Brandon Sutter โ€“ got the Canadians back in the game.

After good work in the defensive zone, Sutter broke out with the puck and dropped to Legein, who wired a slapshot between the legs of Russian goaltender Semyon Varlamov.

Sutter was arguably the best Canadian player on the ice, shutting down Russian superstar Alexei Cherepanov while chipping in with offensive opportunities.

Turris got Canada even 45 seconds after Legeinโ€™s goal, converting on a penalty shot. The Phoenix Coyotes draft pick (3rd overall, 2007) froze Varlamov with a head fake before beating him through the legs, much the same as Legein had moments before.

Marchand took a pass from Gagner in front of the net, fought off a pair of Russian defenders and flipped the puck over a diving Varlamov to give Canadaโ€™s its first lead at 3-2, and Gagner rounded out the scoring by spinning away from a Russian behind the net, cutting in front and sliding the puck five-hole on Varlamov, the third Canadian goal to be scored through his legs.

Canada was surprisingly undisciplined, giving Russia 13 power plays, but the penalty killing unit โ€“ in particular Turris, Sutter and defenceman Karl Alzner โ€“ turned away the man advantage opportunities, including a pair of two-man advantages that lasted over a minute, time and time again.

Alzner was named Canadaโ€™s Player of the Game for his defensive work.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
00:59 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schenn, high sticking
02:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Hamill, tripping
04:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Voinov, tripping
06:46 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Kablukhov (Solodukhin)
09:23 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Gagner, hooking double minor
09:59 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Ryabev (Vasyunov)
10:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Zubov, roughing
11:47 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Perron, roughing
15:46 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Legein (Sutter)
16:28 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN SHOT GOAL – Turris

2nd Period
20:58 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Marchand (Gagner, Giroux)
23:35 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Turris, high sticking
25:36 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Alzner, delay of game
27:57 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Voinov, holding
31:07 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Legein, elbowing
31:50 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ellerby, delay of game
35:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schenn, tripping
38:50 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Gagner (Marchand)

3rd Period
43:41 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ellerby, high sticking
43:41 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Anisimov, high sticking double minor
45:39 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Alzner, tripping
47:00 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Glovatski, tripping
50:13 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Lucic, charging
51:19 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Alzner, tripping
58:39 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schenn, roughing

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Mason (40-42)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Varlamov (19-23)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 7+9+7 = 23
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 10+15+17 = 42

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Goaltenders: Jonathan Bernier, Leland Irving, Steve Mason. Defence: Karl Alzner (A), Drew Doughty, Keaton Ellerby, Josh Godfrey, Thomas Hickey, Logan Pyett, Luke Schenn, Ty Wishart. Forwards: Zach Boychuk, Cory Emmerton, Sam Gagner (A), Colton Gillies, Claude Giroux, Zach Hamill, Stefan Legein, Milan Lucic (C), Brad Marchand, David Perron, Brandon Sutter (A), John Tavares, Kyle Turris, Dana Tyrell.
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Sergei Bobrovski, Semyon Varlamov, Vadim Zhelobnyuk. Defence: Yuri Alexandrov (C), Maxim Chudinov, Pavel Doronin, Alexei Grishin, Yevgeni Kurbatov, Kirill Tulupov, Ivan Vishnevski, Vyacheslav Voinov, Yegor Zubov. Forwards: Artyom Anisimov, Ruslan Bashkirov, Yevgeni Bodrov, Alexei Cherepanov, Yevgeni Dadonov, Anton Glovatski, Mikhail Glukhov, Ilya Kablukov, Konstantin Kulikov, Maxim Mamin, Maxim Mayorov, Alexander Ryabev, Vyacheslav Solodukhin, Viktor Tikhonov, Alexander Vasyunov.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CANADA (C) vs. RUSSIA ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
current champion
(since
26 Dec 2006)
Last Title 22 Dec 2005
60 All-Time Wins
103
11 wins Head-To-Head
(+ 1 tie, 1 void)
10 wins
First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ URS 4-3 CAN ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ โ€“ 05 Jan 1975 โ€“ WJT โ€“ Winnipeg ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-2 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 05 Jan 2007 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-2 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 05 Jan 2007 โ€“ WJC โ€“ Leksand ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ชย ๐Ÿ…
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-0 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 29 Aug 2007 โ€“ SS โ€“ Ufa ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada

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