Russia sweeps QMJHL selects
With a good performance Team Russia won again over the QMJHL All-Stars during game 2 of the 2010 Subway Super Series. This time Bragin's team prevailed 4-3 and perhaps they played even better than on Monday's game one. A double by Dynamo Moscow's Nikita Dvurechensky gave the edge to team Russia, whose other scorers were Vladimir Malinovsky and Artemy Panarin.
Ak Bars' Denis Golubev had a very good game overall, moreover he made an excellent pass on the game-winning goal scored by Panarin, who had only to touch the puck in the open net. Golubev backchecked hard and was feisty as well. He's using well his chance to play for the national junior team.
Also Anton Burdasov is using well his chances. He's having a very good season in the MHL with 13 goals in 12 games and after the good goal he scored in game one he added a very good defensive play, managing to create some good scoring chances as well with his soft hands, including a great chance on the penalty kill. Burdasov has a good chance to make the bottom six forwards at the WJC as he has improved a lot from a year ago.
Player of the game Nikita Dvurechensky had two goals: the first one was a backhander only five seconds into a powerplay, the second one was an accurate wrist shot from the high slot. Dvrurechensky did well on the forecheck and threw his weight around.
Both Maxim Kitsyn and Daniil Sobchenko played well again - Kitsyn had a lot of shots, including one off the crossbar and Sobchenko played well in his own zone as well as doing good work along the boards in the offensive zone. Their linemate Sergei Kalinin from Avangard Omsk played with a ton of energy and effort and was skating very fast.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk's Pavel Zdunov was visible for parts of the game, but was inconsistent and did not play as well as most of the other Russian forwards.
Caps' prospect Stanislav Galiev did not play in the second game, but Artem Sergeev did play and he created the first Russian goal with a off-balance slap shot from the point, which Malinovsky cleaned up the garbage and put the loose puck in the net. Sergeev played pretty well overall, displaying good skating. He has an outside shot to play as the 6th or 7th defenseman at the WJC.
One player who, instead, should be a lock is d-man Nikita Pivtsakin. This time he didn't socre, but once again he played well, especially shutting down the top QMJHL forwards.
His role mate Maxim Berezin played a good game as well. He logged a lot of ice, although he had to get some repairs after a cheap shot in the third period. 2011 eligible Zakhar Arzamastsev has improved after a not satistying game one, skated well and took a good slap shot that just missed the net. Arzamastsev held the puck in the offensive zone numerous times, however he did not get a lot of ice and even though he is quite good.
The first game against the OHL selects is set for tonight in London. Knight's Igor Bobkov will protect the crease for Team Russia.