||Vitaly Atyushov (Ottawa Senators): Nobody drank at this Championship and everyone followed the regiment (interview)|
||Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): Foolishness let us down (Interview)|
||Russia vs. Czech Republic Quarterfinals Box Score|
||Irgl's the Idol: Czechs beat Russians in quarter-final (IHWC.net game recap)|
Team Russia's time in Latvia ended in a heated overtime loss at the hands of a long time rival the Czech Republic. Russia tied the game in great fashion with Alexei Mikhnov's (Edmonton Oilers)
tally with less than a minute to play. The game also included a shorthanded 3 on 5 breakaway (!) by Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
that could have won the game for Russia. READ MORE
||Web Site News: Tournament standings updated throught he conclusion of the qualifying round|
||Web Site News: Team Russia player statistics updated through the preliminary round!|
||Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators), Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues) leave Latvia|
Alexander Nikulin (Ottawa Senators)
, Konstantin Barulin (St. Louis Blues)
today left Latvia without playing a single game for Russia. Barulin was constantly Russia’s third goaltender behind starter Zvyagin and backup Fomichev. Now the team had to make room for the return of the former starter Maxim Sokolov, who will likely start Russia’s next game against Sweden. Nikulin was consistently Russia’s back up player in case of injuries, but has not received any ice time. He did skate for the squad at the Sweden Games just a couple of weeks ago at the final leg of the EuroTour circuit.
||Russia beats Switzerland 6:3 Box Score|
||Russians outgun Swiss for 6-3 victory (IHWC.net recap)|
After playing a tightly contested game for the first two periods, the Russians broke the game open in the third period with four goals, beating Switzerland 6:3. READ MORE
||Former Tampa Bay defensive prospect kicked off by Latvia|
Former Tampa Bay defensive prospect Kaspars Astashenko
was kicked off the Latvian team by head coach Petr Vorobiev. Reportedly, Tampa Bay’s fourth round selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft refused to skate in the third period of the 0:11 trouncing of Latvia at the hands of the Canada. Since leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning system and the Lowell Lockmonsters of the AHL, the Riga native has spent the past few seasons skating in the Finnish Elite League.
||Russia outlasts Ukraine 6:0 with a 5 goal third period (Box Score/Lineups)|
||Web Site News: Team Russia's stats updated through today|
||Russia vs. Slovakia (May 10th) Box Score added|
||Russia vs. Belarus (May 8th) Box Score added|
||Russia vs. Kazakhstan (May 6th) Box Score added|
||Grigorenko (Detroit Red Wings) and Semin (Washington Capitals) sick|
||Perezhogin (Montreal) will not join Team Russia|
In an interview with Gazeta.ru Team Russia’s head coach Vladimir Krikunov confirmed that Alexander Perezhogin (Montreal Canadiens)
will not join the Russian squad. The coach had the following to say regarding the topic to the publication’s correspondent Alexei Shevchenko.
Rumor has it that Alexander Perezhogin will join the team?
That’s not true. I doubt he will be able to help us. Who among the forwards is he better than? Sasha spent a not so successful season in the NHL. He scored only 9 goals. If this is converted to the number of goals in the Super League, it would only be two goals.
||Ovechkin leads Russian assault on Kazakhstan (IHWC.net recap)|
||Kharitonov lifts Russia over Belarus (IHWC.net recap)|
||Ivan Nepriayev (Washington Capitals) undergoes nose surgery|
Team Russia lost the services of 2006 Olympic team member Ivan Nepriayev (Washington Capitals)
, as the young center was forced to undergo nose surgery at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. One of the top call up players during Olympics in Torino, Nepriayev enjoyed the most successful season of his budding career in 2005-06. The Washington Capitals risk losing the rights to one of the club’s top prospects this summer if the management is unable to sign him to a contract. The NHL club has reportedly almost signed the young forward to a contract three seasons ago, but something went wrong with the deal and Nepriayev remained in Yaroslavl. Part of the difficulty in bringing Ivan to North America has been his popularity with HC Lokomotiv, as well as the high stature of his father in the local gubernatorial government.
||Anton But (Tampa Bay Lightning) skips World Championships due to injury|
||Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) falls ill prior to the first World Championships game|
According to the Sport Express newspaper, Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
fell ill a day prior to Russia’s first game at the World Championships against Kazakhstan. The squad’s head coach Vladimir Krikunov had the following to say regarding the situation:
||Team Russia's lineup anounced!|
Sergey Zvyagin ("Dinamo"), Aleksandr Fomichev (CSKA), Konstantin
Barulin (St.Louis Blues)
Defensemen: Georgiy Misharin
, Vadim Khomitski
(oba - CSKA), Denis
Kulyash (Nashville Predators)
, Dmitriy Bykov
(both - "Dinamo"), Kirill Koltsov (Vancouver Canucks)
("Avangard"), Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers)
("Ak Bars"), Sergey Zhukov ("Lokomotiv"), Vitaliy
Atyushov (Ottawa Senators)
Andrey Kruchinin ("Lada").
Aleksandr Ovechkin (Washington Capitals NHL), Nikolay
Kulemin (2006 NHL Entry Draft)
, Evgeniy Malkin
(both - "Metallurg" Mg), Aleksandr Kharitonov,
Maksim Sushinskiy (both - "Dynamo"), Danis Zaripov ("Ak Bars"), Sergey
Mozyakin (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers)
(both - CSKA), Aleksandr
Semin (St.Louis Blues)
, Denis Arkhipov (Nashville
(both- "Khimik"), Igor Grigorenko (Detroit
("Severstal"), Aleksey Mikhnov
("Lokomotiv"), Konstantin Gorovikov ("Avangard").
||Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) found, absence justified|
||Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) already in Moscow|
Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
has arrived in Moscow and will soon head to the Novogorsk training facility to prepare for the World Championships. The young forward and likely NHL Calder Trophy winner will not join Team Russia for the EuroTour Sweden Games tournament which has already commenced today, but he will join the team for the EuroTour finals competition in early May. The young forward is likely to be one of the few NHL players to be on Team Russia’s lineup at the 2006 World Championships in Riga, Latvia.
||Ilya Nikulin (Atlanta Thrashers) favored to make lineup|
||Alexei Shkotov (St. Louis Blues) out with a foot injury|
||Ilya Zubov (Ottawa) out of the World Championships lineup|