Today Vegas Golden Knights forward Vadim Shipachyov put himself back on the tournament scoresheet after being kept off of it the prior matchup from earlier this week against the Czech Republic team at the IIHF Worlds.
Shipachyov went into the prior game against the Czech with registering at least a point in 6 straight games before getting it snapped.
In the games opening period, both Canada and Russia were playing stingy defense by not allowing either side to generate much from an offensive standpoint. This renewed rivalry was all about a game of inches in all three zones of the ice. Shooting lanes were clogged that frustrated both
This renewed rivalry was all about a game of inches in all three zones of the ice. Shooting lanes were clogged that frustrated both
The shooting lanes were clogged up that frustrated both squads as well as keeping everything on the perimeter at both ends of the ice.
During the middle from, however, things opened for Russia after Canada took some unnecessary penalties. As resident TSN hockey insider Darren Drager stated during his Twitter feed can’t keep poking the Russian bear.
For Russia, they did not convert on their 3rd power play of the game. It took a 5v5 situation to open the scoring by a beautiful pass by Artemi Panarin who found Evgeny Kuznetsov to break the 0-0 deadlock.
On their 4th man advantage, the poking of the Russian bear finally cost Canada as it was Panarin and Shipachyov who teamed up on an amazing 3 on 2 and connected with a sweet pass to Nikita Gusev that gave his team a 2-0 lead.
Shipachyov after being blanked from the score sheet in the previous game recorded his 9th power play point of the tournament and 13th overall thru 9 games played.
This moved him back into the tournaments top 5 in scoring behind Panarin with 16 and Kucherov at 14, MacKinnon of Canada would later get his 14th point of the IIHF Worlds in the final period of the game.
In the games 3rd period, it was Canada forward Mark Scheifele who cut Russia’s 2 goal lead in half at the 17-second mark.
With 4:53 left the in the 3rd period it was forward Nathan MacKinnon of Canada who finally tied the game up at 2-2 with a shot from the slot and put the rubber past Russian netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy.
At the 16:58 mark of the 3rd period Canada’s Ryan O’Rielly in a goalmouth scramble situation scored the 3rd unanswered goal for his team thus wiping out a 2 goal deficit that incurred earlier in the game that gave the Canadians their first lead of the game.
Russia would eventually fall to Canada by a final score of 4-2 courtesy of an empty net goal by forward Sean Couturier.
After today’s 4-2 loss at the hands of Canada, Russia will play for Bronze tomorrow against the loser of the Sweden vs. Finland game that takes place later today.