Not a pretty game for Canadian fans.
It started out bad and got even worse as a sloppy team Canada fell 6-0 to Russia on Saturday (Dec.28).
Khovanov, Dorofeyev and Rtishchev all scores in the first period to make it 3-0. Alexandrov, Sokolov and Denisenko buried in the second period to put the Russians up 6-0. The third period was a sleeper as minimal push back was given by the red and white.
Simply put, Canada played as bad as they could. The defence was soft, goaltending was suspect and the forwards were invisible.
When a team built by the Hunters to score goals can’t manage to do that, they’re in serious trouble. Russia played a discipline style and Canada’s leaders took the youngest team ever in the wrong direction.
One main concern is Alexis Lafreniere who went down with an apparent leg injury and did not return. He led the way up front against the Americans with four points so his presence was/will be greatly missed.
Canada had no push back in this contest, road in on cloud nine after their win over USA and Russia was filled with gas after their tournament opener loss.
Russia outshot Canada 39-28 in the win.
Group B now has five teams at 1-1, and Canada (5th) will have to show up on Monday when they face a skilled German (4th) squad who’s coming off a win over the Czech Rep.
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