Russia Heads to Sweden in Search of Gold (Updated)

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It’s come to our attention that we somehow overlooked this years upcoming IIHF Men’s World Championships. With that, let’s take a quick look at the Russian roster and the tournament which officially starts on Friday. Russia arrives in Sweden hoping to capture any kind of silverware as last year they were bounced by eventual champions Finland before losing to the Czech’s in the bronze-medal game.
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Russia Rallies Past Canada En Route to Semifinals


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Having played two periods of what looked like hopeless hockey, Team Russia overturned a 1-0 deficit against a favorite rival to secure a place in the semi-finals of the 2011 Men’s World Championships. Canada would grab the first goal of the game on a Jason Spezza breakaway in the second period and would hold on as Russia failed to convert on every powerplay they got through the interval. Russia was even gifted a 4-minute man advantage after Ilya Kovalchuk received a stick to the face by his own teammate only to have the ref pinch John Tavares, they would fail to bother goalie Jonathan Bernier with any real pressure.
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Russia Names Squad for 2011 Championships

Earlier this morning, Team Russia head coach Vyacheslav Bykov named his team for the 2011 Men’s World Championships. The roster is slighlty different than the one Bykov took to the Euro Hockey Tour (which Russia won) with the addition of a few more NHL’ers and one key KHL’er. Ilya Kovalchuk returns to the team which he will most likely captain having done so last year, Dmitri Kulikov of the Panthers will be on the blue-line while his teammate Evgeni Dadonov wasn’t selected despite playing in the Euros. Also joining the team are Nikolai Kluemin of Toronto and Fedor Tyutin of Columbus while Alexander Radulov, who is one of the best players in Russia, will also suit up for Sbornya.

The team goes as follows:

Goaltenders:
Vasily Koshechkin (HC Severstal)
Konstantin Barulin (Atlant)
Evgeni Nabokov (New York Islanders)

Defensemen:
Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Konstantin Korneyev (AK Bars)
Alexei Yemelin (AK Bars)
Ilya Nikulin (AK Bars)
Dmitri Kulikov (Florida Panthers)
Denis Grebeshkov (SKA St.Petersburg)
Nikolai Belov (HC Neftekhimik)

Forwards:
Alexei Morozov (AK Bars)
Danis Zaripov (AK Bars)
Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey Devils)
Konstantin Gorovikov (UHC Dynamo)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Evgeny Artyukhin (SKA St.Petersburg)
Alexander Radulov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Maxim Afinogenov (SKA St.Petersburg
Sergei Zinovjev (Salavat Yulaev Ufa)
Vladimir Tarasenko (HC Sibir)
Alexei Kaigorodov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars)
Aleksandr Burmistrov (Atlanta Thrashers)

Russia Name Squad for Euro Hockey Tour

Russia has named their squad for their upcoming tour in Europe ahead of the 2011 World Championships. The games will be played in Sweden and the Czech Republic. Evgeni Nabokov returns to the team after missing most of the latter half of the NHL’s regular season with contract disputes while young guns Vladimir Tarasenko and Artemi Panarin, who helped the junior squad capture gold earlier this year, also get to vie for a spot for the Championships in Slovakia.

New Jersey’s Vladimir Zharkov is a surprise call-up having scored just 2 NHL goals while last playing for Russia in 2006.

The team goes as follows:

Goaltenders:
Vasily Koshechkin (HC Severstal)
Konstantin Barulin (Atlant)
Evgeni Nabokov (New York Islanders)

Defensemen:
Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Yakov Rylov (CSKA Moscow)
Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Konstantin Korneyev (AK Bars)
Alexei Yemelin (AK Bars)
Ilya Nikulin (AK Bars)
Denis Grebeshkov (SKA St.Petersburg)
Nikolai Belov (HC Neftekhimik)

Forwards:
Alexei Morozov (AK Bars)
Danis Zaripov (AK Bars)
Denis Parshin (CSKA Moscow)
Konstantin Gorovikov (UHC Dynamo)
Vadim Schipachev (HC Severstal)
Evgeny Artyukhin (SKA St.Petersburg)
Artemi Panarin (Vityaz Chekhov)
Maxim Afinogenov (SKA St.Petersburg
Evgeny Dadonov (Florida Panthers)
Vladimir Tarasenko (HC Sibir)
Alexei Kaigorodov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars)
Aleksandr Burmistrov (Atlanta Thrashers)
Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils)

Russia Falls to Czechs in Gold Medal Game;Top IIHF World Ranking

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After winning every game in this years Men’s World Championships, Team Russia could not overcome a lucky yet scrappy Czech Republic team to capture their third consecutive gold medal. Instead the Russians leave Germany with a feeling of disarray and disappointment just like in the 2010 Olympics when they were favored to win it all but were bounced in the quarter-finals.
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Russia Squeaks by Germany into Third Straight Final

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On Saturday, Russia defeated Germany with a score of 2-1 for the right to defend their gold medal against the Czech Republic tomorrow night. Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Russians with 1:50 remaining in the game on a breakaway to eliminate both the Germans and any hope they had for overtime or a possible shootout. Vasili Koshechkin made 26 saves in his third appearance of the tournament but will hand over the reigns to Semyon Varlamov in the gold medal game.
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Russia Eliminate Canada Enroute to Semi-Finals

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On Thursday, Russia got slight revenge on their Canadian rivals for the first time since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics by ending their chance for any medals with a 5-2 win at the Men’s World Championships. Goals from Maxim Afinogenov, Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Fedorv and Pavel Datsyuk would power Russia to their third consecutive semi-final game where they will meet hosts Germany on Saturday.
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Russia Blanks Fins to Set Up Date with Canada

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Russia earned their 24th consecutive victory against the team that was last to beat them on the World’s stage on Tuesday by shutting out Finland 5-0. With the win the team earns the right to play Canada in the quarter-finals on Thursday in a rematch of the 2010 Olympics and the last two gold medal games at the World’s.
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Russia Stays Perfect Through the Weekend

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Russia continue to cruise towards their third straight gold medal at the Men’s World Championship after posting back-to-back wins over the weekend in the qualifying round. On Saturday, Russia played their arguably most difficult game against hosts Germany in front of a crowd of 18,000, captain Ilya Kovalchuk opened up the scoring with a wrist shot 14:20 into the period. Despite having the early lead the Russians were outshout 13-12 forcing Semyon Varlamov to stop more than half of the shots he faced against Belarus on Thursday.
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Russia Clinch Group against Belarus;More Firepower coming

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Russia continued their dominance at the Men’s World Championship on Thursday by beating Belarus 3-1 while clinching group A in the process. Goals from Sergei Mozyakin, Alexander Ovechkin, and Artem Anisimov put Russia through to the qualification round where they will face hosts Germany, Denmark, and Finland in the next four days.
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