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Lightning’s Vasilevski leads Russia past Germany with 41-save shutout

Dec 29, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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Russia’s quest to win a gold medal on home soil took another step forward with its 7-0 victory over Germany. After winning three straight games — two of them in regulation — Russia now leads Group B with eight points.

Tampa Bay Lightning 2012 first-round pick Andrei Vasilevski was peppered by Germany, but he held strong. He faced at least 11 shots in each period and made 41 saves before the game was over.

2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov also came up big for Russia with a goal and an assist.

Russia will concluded the preliminary round with a contest against Team Canada on Monday. If Russia is able to beat them in regulation or overtime, then they will secure the top seed in the division and be able to skip the quarterfinals.

In other WJC News…

Viktor Arvidsson led the way for Sweden with two goals in its 5-1 victory over Latvia. Montreal Canadiens prospect Sebastian Collberg had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s match.

Sweden will play against Finland on Monday and simply needs to win that contest to secure the top seed in Group A.

  1. capesouth - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Can anyone tell me about Kokolechev? Behind a couple other prospects here in Boston, his name comes up often..I know nothing about him.

    • capesouth - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      See…I can’t even spell his name right – Khokhlachev

      • sergeikremlin - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        Khokhlachev is a shifty player with great hands, vision, and finishing ability. In open ice he is dangerous, but he has some trouble being effective in the dirty areas and isn’t strong enough on the puck, so it will be interesting to see if he can make his mark in the NHL eventually.

        I’m not sure why Yaroslav Kosov didn’t get a mention in this article seeing as he scored a natural hat trick in the game. Panthers draft pick in 2011, 6’3 – 220 pounds.

      • capesouth - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        Thanks

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Many of the games in this tourney are being shown on the NHL channel, BUT the bummer of it being in Russia is that the games are on live extremely early in the morning. Replays are shown later in the day/evening, but avoiding hearing the scores is difficult at best, unless one avoids all hockey and Canadian media sites. Alas.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    I wish Canada would give Binnington a chance. Subban has been largely average so far and the prospect of having him in net against this Russian team scares me.

  4. kingfooj - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    my question is how does germany manage 41 shots and get blown out 8-0

    • chuchie414 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      I imagine the majority of them were not in the slot. High & outside so to speak.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Volume and quality are two different things. If a majority came from weak outside angles, the goalie would barely even need to move to deflect or absorb them – especially when said goalie is a big guy, like Vasielevsky. Just let the D force the shooter to release a bad shot and glove it down, time after time. Phoenix is great at it, hence why Smith and Bryz looked so much better for them than their other teams.

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