IHLC Results โ€“ ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 5-2 Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด โ€“ 10 May 2019


๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia 5-2 Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
World Championship Preliminary Round
Zimnรฝ ล tadiรณn Ondreja Nepelu, Bratislava ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ
Friday, 10 May 2019

Russiaโ€™s power play led the way as the Red Machine cruised past Norway in the opening game of the 2019 World Championship in Bratislava.

Yevgeni Dadonov (2) and Nikita Kucherov punished the first three Norwegian penalties of the afternoon to open a 4-0 lead by the midway stage as the much-hyped Russian offence showed why it could be a fearsome force at this tournament. Without ever running away with the shot count, the quality of the openings fashioned by Russia’s forwards meant it was a rough start to the championship for Peter Thoresen’s Polar Bears.

The crowd of 7,698 for Fridayโ€™s first game was swelled by a large contingent of travelling Czechs running the rule over another Group B contender before their evening game against defending champion Sweden. They rooted enthusiastically for Norway early on and worked hard to drown out any efforts to get Russian chants rolling around the Ondrej Nepala Arena, but it would take more than that to inspire a stubborn but workmanlike Norwegian team to an upset.

Things might have gone differently if Norway had converted a chance during the early sparring. Patrick Thoresen, a wily old campaigner with plenty of experience of Russian hockey from his two Gagarin Cup-winning campaigns, stole the puck in front of Andrei Vasilevskiโ€™s net. The veteran attempted to set up Sondre Olden, but his shot lacked conviction and the Norwegians could not capitalize on the rebound.

After that fifth-minute alert, it was largely one-way traffic. Mathis Olimb, once of Jokerit Helsinki in the KHL, tripped Ilya Kovalchuk on halfway. The resultant power play lasted just 12 seconds. Nikita Kucherov sent the puck to Yevgeni Malkin behind the net and Geno placed an inviting pass onto the slot for Dadonov to rifle home a ninth-minute opener.

Russia then killed a penalty of its own, with Norway tantalized by a puck that bounced around in front of Vasilevski without anyone to apply a finishing touch, before extending its lead. Artyom Anisimov led a breakaway that seemed to have come to naught, but the Blackhawks centre remained alert to the developing play. When Mikhail Grigorenko fired in a low shot, Anisimov popped out from behind the net to take the puck off Henrik Haukelandโ€™s pads and put a backhander on the top shelf.

The first period ended with the tempo dropping right down, something which apparently did not please the Russian coaching staff. Despite an early penalty on Malkin, Ilya Vorobyovโ€™s team began the second stanza at a high tempo, steadily racking up the pressure on Norway. Pressure brought penalties, and that in turn brought goals. First came Kucherov, taking a feed from his Lightning team-mate Mikhail Sergachyov and wiring a wrister from the top of the circle to end an extended spell of pressure and make it 3-0.

Barely 90 seconds later, Norway transgressed once again and Russia produced a speeded-up replay of its opener. This time Nikita Gusev played the Kucherov role and found Malkin behind the net, from where the Pittsburgh man once again delivered an inviting feed for Dadonov to add a fourth. From puck drop to red light, the play took just two seconds; Russiaโ€™s PP improved to 3 for 3.

Norway was gutsy and did its best to take the fight to Vasilevski wherever possible. But there was only one clear chance in the middle frame when Tobias Lindstrรถm was sent surging into the Russian zone and looked to beat the Tampa Bay goalie on the stick side. Vasilevski read the shot and got a blocker to it, snuffing out that opportunity.

The game was won inside two periods, but Russia continued to push for goals and that third line of Kucherov, Anisimov and Gusev continued to impress. A slick spell of swift passing around the Norwegian zone had the defence in a spin; Gusev took the shot and while KHLโ€™s leading scorer in regular season play did not hit it as cleanly as he would have liked he saw it wobble past a frustrated Haukeland to make it 5-0.

The 24-year-old, who spent last season with TPS in Finland, faced a difficult afternoon and, at one point, found himself facing down five Russian forwards. When Russia got its fourth power play of the game late in the final frame, Vorobyov took the chance to continue an experiment seen in recent Euro Hockey Tour games. Rather than return once more to the Malkin-Dadonov combo, the Russian coach sent out five forwards – Kaprizov’s line with Ovechkin and Kuznetsov plus Kovalchuk and Dadonov. Norway survived that examination and managed to kill a penalty for the first time in the game.

And there was more for the Scandinavians to celebrate in the closing minutes when Thomas Valkvรฆ Olsen blasted a well-deserved consolation goal with four minutes left. Jonas Holรธs, another time-served KHLer, smashed home another late in the game to make the final score 5-2 – and send a reminder that while the Russian offence is powerful, its defence may yet give opponents a chance.


BOXSCORE
1st Period
08:27 – ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด PEN – Olimb, tripping
08:39 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PP GOAL – Dadonov (Malkin, Kucherov)
09:04 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Orlov, tripping
14:33 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ GOAL – Anisimov (Grigorenko, Orlov)

2nd Period
20:24 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Malkin, slashing
27:08 – ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด PEN – Nรธrstebรธ, slashing
28:13 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PP GOAL – Kucherov (Sergachyov)
29:45 – ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด PEN – Haga, hooking
29:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PP GOAL – Dadonov (Malkin, Gusev)

3rd Period
41:26 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ GOAL – Gusev (Kucherov, Khafizullin)

49:09 – ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ PEN – Kovalchuk, tripping
53:21 – ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด PEN – Olimb, tripping
56:07 – ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด GOAL – Valkvรฆ Olsen (Reichenberg)
57:47 – ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด GOAL – Holรธs (Martinsen)

GOALTENDERS
W: ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Vasilevski (25-27)
L:ย ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Haukeland (22-27)

SHOTS ON GOAL
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ 9+9+9 = 27
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ดย 7+6+14 = 27

ROSTERS
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Goaltenders: Alexander Georgiev, Andrei Vasilevski. Defence: Vladislav Gavrikov, Dinar Khafizullin, Nikita Nesterov, Dmitri Orlov, Mikhail Sergachyov, Nikita Zaitsev. Forwards: Sergei Andronov, Artyom Anisimov, Alexander Barabanov, Yevgeni Dadonov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Gusev, Kirill Kaprizov, Ilya Kovalchuk (C), Nikita Kucherov, Yevgeni Kuznetsov, Yevgeni Malkin (A), Alexander Ovechkin (A), Sergei Plotnikov.
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Goaltenders: Henrik Haukeland, Henrik Holm. Defence: Alexander Bonsaksen, Christian Bull, Stefan Espeland, Jonas Holรธs (C), Johannes Johannesen, Erlend Lesund, Mattias Nรธrstebรธ. Forwards: Kristian Forsberg, Michael Haga, Tommy Kristiansen, Tobias Lindstrรถm, Andreas Martinsen, Sondre Olden, Mathis Olimb (A), Alexander Reichenberg, Mats Rosseli Olsen, Martin Rรธymark, Patrick Thoresen (A), Mathias Trettenes, Thomas Valkvรฆ Olsen.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUSSIA (C)
vs. NORWAY ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด
current champion
(since 05 May 2019)
Last Title 13 Apr 2013
452 All-Time Wins
8
7 wins Head-To-Head
0 wins
First IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. NOR)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย URS 11-3 NORย ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด โ€“ 21 Feb 1958 โ€“ EX โ€“ Oslo ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด

Previous IHLC Meeting (RUS vs. NOR)
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 3-2 NORย ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด โ€“ 30 Apr 1992 โ€“ WC โ€“ Bratislava ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Last IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย RUS 4-1 CZEย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ โ€“ 05 May 2019 โ€“ CHG โ€“ Brno ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
Next IHLC Game
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ RUS 5-0 AUT ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น โ€“ 12 May 2019 โ€“ WC โ€“ Bratislava ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Article Credit: IIHF Worlds 2019
Photo Credit: IIHF Worlds 2019IIHFHHOFIOC

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