IHLC Results – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 7-0 France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท – 04 May 2018

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russiaย 7-0ย France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

World Championship Preliminary Round
Royal Arena, Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Friday, 04 May 2018

Russia scored three first-period goals in just 3:14 and never looked back in a 7-0 romp over France to kick off the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Copenhagen.

Kirill Kaprizov led the way with two goals and an assist. Yevgeni Dadonov added a goal and an assist. Pavel Buchnevich (who also had an assist), Alexander Barabanov, and Maxim Shalunov all got their first career World Championship goals for Russia. Captain Pavel Datsyuk, Nikita Zaitsev, Nikita Nesterov, Mikhail Grigorenko, and Dinar Khafizullin chipped in a pair of assists apiece.

“It was a normal game, we made some mistakes as well,” said Kaprizov. “Weโ€™ll need to keep improving from game to game. We allowed a few turnovers, and the coaches are telling us all about it. Even so, itโ€™s good to start with a big win.”

Kaprizov didn’t distinguish himself during CSKA Moscow’s run to the Gagarin Cup final, which Ak Bars Kazan won in five games. But the flashy 21-year-old winger seems to have recovered from that disappointing defeat. His two goals were as many as he recorded in the entire KHL playoffs.

Overall, it was an impressive start for Russia, which is questing for its first IIHF World Championship Gold medal since Minsk 2014 under new head coach Ilya Vorobyov. Oleg Znarok, who medaled at all four of his Worlds from Minsk onward, stepped down from his position in mid-April after leading the Olympic Athletes from Russia to Gold in PyeongChang.

“The game wasnโ€™t as easy as it looked,” said Datsyuk. “The French skated well, the arena was a bit stuffy and the ice wasnโ€™t as good as we might have hoped. Weโ€™ll have to get used to it. The good thing is that we all play on the same ice.”

Goaltender Vasili Koshechkin, who backstopped the Olympic Athletes from Russia to Gold in PyeongChang, enjoyed an easy shutout, as his mates outshot France 39-10. The towering 35-year-old Metallurg Magnitogorsk netminder, now on his sixth World Championship squad, was voted to the Olympic all-star team with his 1.38 GAA and 93.7 save percentage.

Florian Hardy, who starred in France’s historic 2-1 upset over Russia in 2013, was unable to replicate those heroics, as the veteran netminder received little protection. He was pulled in favour of Ronan Quemener to start the third period.

“The way we beat them last time was keeping the score close the whole game, said French coach Dave Henderson. “The Russian team got frustrated and we were on a high. Everything was going our way. Today it was 0-3 after the first period so it was much more difficult.”

This could be a challenging year for Henderson’s squad. Star goalie Cristobal Huet has ended his distinguished career at age 42, and longtime captain Laurent Meunier is now an assistant coach. The French are also without key NHLers Antoine Roussel (Dallas Stars) and Pierre Edouard-Bellemare (Vegas Golden Knights). They came ninth last year in Paris, which increased expectations.

France has a key game coming up against Belarus on Saturday, while Russia takes on newly promoted Austria on Sunday.

The opening goal at 7:08 was eerily familiar. It echoed the final goal Russia scored at the 2018 Olympics. As on the overtime Gold medal winner against Germany in February, Kaprizov scored on a one-timer high to the glove side. The pass came from Dadonov, who had circled behind the French goal line.

The Russian power play clicked for a 2-0 lead just 1:10 later. Hardy surrendered a juicy rebound on Mikhail Grigorenkoโ€™s slapshot and failed to track the puck, enabling Buchnevich to swat it into the open side.

Defensive lapses plagued Les Bleus. At 10:22, Dadonov made it 3-0 from the slot, converting a short pass from Kaprizov as Hardy slid the wrong way.

“Itโ€™s really good playing with Zhenya (Dadonov),” said Kaprizov.

In the second period, the Russians eased up, but still managed to extend their lead. Datsyuk, a just-minted IIHF Triple Gold Club member, stole the puck inside the French blue line in classic Datsyukian fashion and found an unchecked Kaprizov down low. He fired it through Hardy’s legs at 17:59.

Kaprizov continues to burnish his reputation. Prior to finishing second in Olympic scoring (5-4-9) behind Nikita Gusev, he led the 2017 World Juniors in goals and points (9-3-12). He has earned IIHF medals three years in a row (2016 U20 Silver, 2017 U20 Bronze, 2018 Olympic Gold).

“I was calmer today (than on my Olympic debut),” said Kaprizov. “The Olympics were my first big international tournament.”

In the third period, Vorobyov’s men turned on the jets again. Russia went up 5-0 on a flukey goal at 2:36. Barabanov stickhandled in off the side boards and flung the puck toward the net, and it deflected in off the pants of defenceman Florian Chakiachvili.

At 4:50, Shalunov had all day to line up his wrister from the faceoff circle, which flew high past Quemener’s blocker for Russia’s first power play marker of these Worlds. With 2:47 left, Anisimov rounded out the scoring at 7-0, as he converted a rebound with another man advantage.

“In the first game youโ€™re looking to get into form, to gain some confidence ahead of the rest of the competition,” said Buchnevich. “The French are a decent team but I donโ€™t think the game against Russia is the key one for them in this tournament.”

Of course, history shows there is no place for Russian complacency despite the sparkling start.

The last time Russia opened an IIHF World Championship against France was on home ice. It was an 8-1 victory at the 2000 tournament in Saint Petersburg. Maxim Sushinski scored a hat trick with Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance.

That was the high point for the host nation, which then lost to the U.S., Switzerland, Belarus, and Latvia, and finished eleventh overall. Russian fans will hope Friday’s win does not portend a similar outcome.

1st Period
07:08 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Kaprizov (Dadonov, Zaitsev)
07:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย PEN – Raux, tripping
08:18 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Buchnevich (Grigorenko, Nesterov)
10:22 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Dadonov (Kaprizov, Khafizullin)
15:28 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Datsyuk, hooking

2nd Period
29:10 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Kiselevich, delay of game
37:59 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Kaprizov (Datsyuk, Zaitsev)

3rd Period
42:36 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย GOAL – Barabanov (Kiselevich, Kablukov)
43:51 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย PEN – Treille, high sticking
44:50 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Shalunov (Datsyuk, Khafizullin)
56:09 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย PEN – Gallet, delay of game
57:13 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PP GOAL – Anisimov (Nesterov, Grigorenko)
58:41 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย PEN – Gavrikov, tripping
59:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย PEN – Claireaux, hooking

W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Koshechkin (10-10)
L: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย Hardy (16-20), Quemener (16-19)

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย 15+5+19 = 39
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 6+2+2 = 10

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Vasili Koshechkin, Igor Shestyorkin.ย Defence: Vladislav Gavrikov, Dinar Khafizullin, Bogdan Kiselevich, Nikita Nesterov, Niktia Tryamkin, Yegor Yakovlev, Nikita Zaitsev. Forwards: Sergei Andronov (A), Artyom Anisimov, Alexander Barabanov, Pavel Buchnevich, Yevgeni Dadonov (A), Pavel Datsyuk (C), Mikhail Grigorenko, Ilya Kablukov, Kirill Kaprizov, Maxim Mamin, Ilya Mikheyev, Maxim Shalunov.
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Goaltenders: Florian Hardy, Ronan Quemener.ย Defence: Florian Chakiachvili, Hugo Gallet,ย Kรฉvin Hecquefeuille (A), Jonathan Janil, Antonin Manavian, Damien Raux, Thomas Thiry.ย Forwards: Valentin Claireaux, Stรฉphane Da Costa (C), Teddy Da Costa, Floran Douay, Damien Fleury (A), Anthony Guttig, Loรฏc Lampรฉrier, Guillaume Leclerc, Jordann Perret, Anthony Rech, Nicolas Ritz, Alexandre Texier, Sacha Treille.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA vs. FRANCE (C)ย ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
new champion
(previous 07 Apr 2018)
Last Title reign ends
(since 28 Apr 2018)
444 All-Time Wins
4 wins Head-To-Head
1 win
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. FRA)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 8-0 FRA ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท โ€“ 03 May 1992 โ€“ WC โ€“ Prague ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. FRA)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 6-0 FRA ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท โ€“ 15 Apr 2017 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Chelyabinsk ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย FRA 3-2 SVK ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ โ€“ 28 Apr 2018 โ€“ EHC โ€“ Pieลกลฅany ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย FRA 7-0 AUT ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น โ€“ 06 May 2018 โ€“ WC โ€“ Copenhagen ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Article Credit:ย IIHF Worlds 2018
Photo Credit: IIHF Worlds 2018 –ย IIHFHHOFIOC



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