Russia was no match for Canada through the first four games of the Canada / Russia Super Series, and that proved to be the case once again Tuesday night in Game 5.
Back on Canadian soil for the first time since sweeping the first four games in Russia, Canada, sporting commemorative 1972-style Team Canada jerseys, scored five second-period goals en route to a 8-1 win to clinch the Super Series in front of a rowdy red-and-white-clad crowd of 13,563 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
Claude Giroux – Canada’s Player of the Game – led the way for Canada with two goals and an assist, while Sam Gagner and Logan Pyett each chipped in with a goal and two assists.
David Perron, Zach Boychuk, Zach Hamill, and Kyle Turris also scored for the Canadians, who were outshot by the Russians 33-30.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Gagner. “We played well as a team and everybody was rewarded for it. We were really moving the puck well and creating a lot of chances so it made it a lot of fun”
Canadian netminder Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves in the win, his second of the series, while Russia’s Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 22 shots.
The series now shifts to Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, SK for Game 6 on Wednesday night.
It was an undisciplined opening twenty minutes in Game 5 with Canada and Russia combining for ten penalties. Both teams had ample powerplay time, leading to a wide open period in which both teams finished with nine shots, but neither could find the back of the net.
The Canadians definitely had the best chances, including three glorious chances on a 5-on-3 midway through the frame, but could not beat Bobrovsky.
Canada’s best chance came midway through the period when Gagner found Turris alone in front of Bobrovsky, but the Phoenix Coyotes draft pick (3rd overall, 2007) mishandled the puck and was unable to pull the trigger.
The Russians got out to a quick start in the second period as they fired five shots at Bernier within the first three minutes, but Canadian goaltender was up to the test, much as he was in Game 2, when he turned away all 23 shots he faced in a 3-0 Canadian win.
Not long after the Russian pressure, Canada’s offence came to life.
Already up 1-0 off a powerplay goal from Giroux, Canada doubled their lead as Giroux buried his second goal of the game, and third goal of the series, this time getting lucky as he put the puck in off the back of Russian forward Evgeni Bodrov.
Alexander Vasyunov – Russia’s Player of the Game – cut the Canadian lead in half midway through the period with a great individual effort, as he fired a wrist shot past Bernier for his first goal of the series.
Shorthanded less than a minute later, Canada extended its lead when Pyett’s point shot eluded Bobrovsky. Pyett’s first goal of the series proved to be the turning point in the game.
“What took the wind out of their sails probably was that third goal tonight, that shorthanded goal,” said Canadian head coach Brent Sutter. “They made it 2-1 and they got some life, then they got the powerplay and we scored shorthanded and from that point on it seemed to snowball against them and snowball for us.”
Canada kept its foot on the gas despite being ahead 3-1 late in the period, closing out the final minutes with two straight powerplay goals from Perron and Gagner.
The Canadians continued their domination over the Russians in the third period, scoring three goals on their first seven shots. Boychuk, Hamill and Turris each netted a goal in the period, while Bernier remained solid between the pipes, stifling any momentum the Russians had in the final 20 minutes.
Canada and Russia now head to Saskatoon, and although they have already clinched a Super Series win, the Canadians say they have plenty to play for in the remaining three games.
“I think from the outside it may not look like much, but to everybody in our room this is a big deal to us,” said Gagner. “I think anytime you get to play for your country is a really special feeling and we’re going to continue to work hard and do our best for our country.”
00:59 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Boychuk, cross checking
02:05 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Tulupov, tripping
06:55 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Taares, slashing
10:23 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Chudinov, tripping
10:23 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Tulupov, roughing
11:39 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Grishin, hooking
15:36 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Sutter, cross checking
19:36 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Ellerby, holding
21:00 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Legein, tripping
23:04 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Dadonov, interference
23:18 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Giroux (Gagner, Godfrey)
26:05 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Giroux (Gagner)
27:41 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Godfrey, cross checking
28:56 – 🇷🇺 PP GOAL – Vasyunov
30:22 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Emmerton, tripping
31:52 – 🇨🇦 SH GOAL – Pyett (Turris)
33:51 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Vasyunov, charging
34:49 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Alexandrov, high sticking
35:15 – 🇨🇦 PP2 GOAL – Perron (Tavares, Doughty)
36:21 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Gagner (Godfrey, Giroux)
37:25 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Pyett, holding
43:06 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Legein, roughing
46:53 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Boychuk (Perron, Pyett)
47:10 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Tavares, hooking
49:42 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Doughty, interference
49:42 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Boychuk, holding
51:16 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Kablukov, hooking
53:07 – 🇨🇦 PP GOAL – Hamill (Marchand, Hickey)
55:31 – 🇨🇦 GOAL – Turris (Tavares)
55:48 – 🇨🇦 PEN – Hickey, holding
56:32 – 🇷🇺 PEN – Chudinov, hooking
W: 🇨🇦 Bernier (32-33)
L: 🇷🇺 Bobrovski (22-30)
SHOTS ON GOAL
🇨🇦 9+13+8 = 30
🇷🇺 9+14+10 = 33
🇨🇦 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.
🇷🇺 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.
|🇨🇦 CANADA (C)||vs.||RUSSIA 🇷🇺|
(since 26 Dec 2006)
|Last Title||22 Dec 2005|
(+ 1 tie, 1 void)
|First IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
🇷🇺 URS 4-3 CAN 🇨🇦 – 05 Jan 1975 – WJT – Winnipeg 🇨🇦
|Previous IHLC Meeting (CAN vs. RUS)
🇨🇦 CAN 4-2 RUS 🇷🇺 – 01 Sep 2007 – SS – Omsk 🇷🇺
|Last IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 4-2 RUS 🇷🇺 – 01 Sep 2007 – SS – Omsk 🇷🇺
|Next IHLC Game
🇨🇦 CAN 4-1 RUS 🇷🇺 – 05 Sep 2007 – SS – Saskatoon 🇨🇦
Article Credit: Hockey Canada