IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada 6-2 Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ – 31 Aug 2007

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canadaย 6-2ย Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Canada / Russia Super Series, Game 3
Arena Omsk,ย Omsk ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Friday, 31 August 2007

Different city, same result for Canada at the Canada / Russia Super Series.

The scene shifted to Omsk on Friday morning, and although Russia played undoubtedly their best game of the series it was another Canadian victory, this time 6-2, giving Canada a 3-0 lead in the eight-game series.

The Canadians were deadly with the man advantage, converting twice in the first period and twice in the third as the powerplay finished 4-for-9.

Despite being badly outshot โ€“ 13-4 in the opening period and 24-10 through two โ€“ the Canadians found themselves with the lead on the strength their special teams play.

Sam Gagner was a recipient of good work by David Perron on Canadaโ€™s opening goal, a powerplay marker, as Perron carried the puck behind the Russian net and dropped the puck behind his back to Gagner.

Russian goaltender Semyon Varlamov followed Perron, giving the Edmonton Oilers draft pick (6th overall, 2007) a wide open net to score his second of the series.

It was 2-0 just 1:53 later, as Canada struck again with the man advantage.

In almost a carbon copy of the first goal, John Tavares carried the puck behind the net before finding Kyle Turris. Varlamov followed the puck this time, but Turris roofed a shot over the Russianโ€™s shoulder for his third goal in as many games, and second on the powerplay.

Russia finally ended their long scoring drought with a shorthanded goal late in the opening period, as Pavel Doronin picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone before beating Canadian goaltender Leland Irving through the legs.

The goal was the first for the Russians since Alexander Ryabev beat Steve Mason at the 9:50 mark of the opening period of Game 1 on Monday, a stretch of 123 minutes and 34 seconds.

But the Russian momentum didnโ€™t last long, as Colton Gillies blocked a shot at the Canadian blueline and raced in alone on Varlamov, fanning on his shot but squeezing it through the legs of the Russian goaltender for a 3-1 lead.

Varlamov allowed three goals on just four shots in the opening 20 minutes, and was replaced by Vadim Zhelobnyuk to begin the second.

The second period might have been the best of the series for the Russians, as they put constant pressure on the Canadians and cut the lead to one at 3-2 when Ryabevโ€™s wrist shot from the right side bounced off the shoulder of Irving and into the Canadian goal.

The Russians pressured the Canadians throughout the period, outshooting them 11-6, but were unable to get the tying goal past Irving.

“We knew this was coming,” Gillies said of the Russian pressure. “The coaches told us this would be their best game, so we just have to keep going and stay strong defensively.”

Canada was forced to kill off two two-man advantages in the opening 40 minutes, and 10 Russian powerplays overall, but held their ground, led by the penalty-killing tandem on Brandon Sutter and Stefan Legein, who have been lights out in the first three games, allowing only one Russian powerplay goal.

Nursing a one-goal lead heading into the final period, Canada got some breathing room 5:28 into the frame on the powerplay, as Gagner fed Claude Giroux in front and Giroux, from his knees, went five-hole on Zhelobnyuk for a 4-2 lead.

The insurance goal came just 46 seconds later, as Legein caught the Russians on a line change, stepped over the blue line and blasted a shot that beat Zhelobnyuk over the glove on the short side, his third goal in as many games.

Zach Boychuk rounded out the scoring on another Canadian powerplay with three minutes to go, finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing play from Josh Godfrey and Thomas Hickey by beating the Russian goaltender just under the crossbar.

Irving stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced, and was named Canadaโ€™s Player of the Game in his first appearance of the series.

The two teams have less than 24 hours to rest before Game 4, set for Saturday in Omsk, wrapping up the Russian leg of the series.

1st Period
02:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Marchand, 10 min. misconduct
05:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Marchand, roughing
05:01 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Kurbatov, roughing
05:01 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Tyrell, roughing
05:30 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ellerby, cross checking
06:45 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Chudinov, hooking
07:48 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Gagner (Perron)
09:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Mamin, interference
09:40 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Turris (Tavares, Perron)
10:10 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Boychuk, slashing
12:27 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Vishnevski, tripping
13:24 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย SH GOAL – Doronin (Solodukhin)
15:11 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Gillies
16: 14 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Kulikov, tripping
18:12 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Doughty, kneeing
19:21 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ellerby, hooking

2nd Period
24:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Ryabev
24:51 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schenn, tripping
25:41 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Ellerby, roughing
27:09 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Mamin, slashing
33:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Giroux, roughing
35:02 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Vishnevski, tripping
38:21 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Schenn, interference

3rd Period
44:01 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Chudinov, high sticking
45:28 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Giroux (Gagner, Lucic)
46:14 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย GOAL – Legein (Ellerby)
52:52 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PEN – Gillies, elbowing
55:53 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Vishnevski, interference
56:16 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Grishin, boarding
57:00 – ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย PP GOAL – Boychuk (Godfrey, Hickey)

W: ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Irving (32-34)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย Varlamov (1-4), Zhelobnyuk (19-22)

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 4+6+12 = 22
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 13+11+10 = 34

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, 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
26 Dec 2006)
Last Title 22 Dec 2005
62 All-Time Wins
13 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 3-0 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 29 Aug 2007 โ€“ SS โ€“ Ufa ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 3-0 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 29 Aug 2007 โ€“ SS โ€“ Ufa ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ CAN 4-2 RUS ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ โ€“ 01 Sep 2007 โ€“ SS โ€“ Omsk ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ

Article Credit: Hockey Canada



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