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2014 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DAY ONE

Zadorov and Grigorenko record multi-point games in Russian victory

Thursday, 12.26.2013 / 3:46 PM / Features
By Kris Baker  - SabresProspects.com
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2014 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DAY ONE
Nikita Zadorov and Mikhail Grigorenko record multi-point games in Russian victory over Norway.

Two Buffalo Sabres prospects helped Russia steamroll Norway on the first day of the IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.

Defenseman Nikita Zadorov scored a pair of goals Thursday and center Mikhail Grigorenko added a goal and two assists as Russia struck five times in each of the first two periods to cruise to an 11-0 win over Norway in their opening game of the tournament.

Zadorov put the Russians ahead 2-0 at 6:26 of the opening frame when he accepted a centering a pass and buried a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle high over the shoulder of the Norwegian netminder.

Grigorenko earned a secondary helper on the Zadorov marker.

Russia kept their foot on the gas with two more first-period goals before Grigorenko got one of his own. Cruising through the neutral zone, the talented centerman took a feed at the blue line, skated in 1-on-1 with a defender and quickly released a wrist shot to give Russia a 5-0 lead.

RUSSIA VS. NORWAY HIGHLIGHTS

With Russia well in control of the action, Zadorov put forth a great individual effort to score his second goal of the game, stealing the puck in his own zone while on the penalty kill and skating all the way down the left side to score a short-side marker and give Russia a 9-0 lead with 2:42 to play in the second period.

In addition to notching three points, Grigorenko would finish the game with a plus-4 rating and six faceoff wins on 14 tries. Zadorov scored on both of his shots on goal while logging a plus-3 rating.

Russia, who dominated all facets of the game including a 35-14 shot advantage, moves on to face an underrated Switzerland squad on Saturday.

USA VS. CZECH REPUBLIC
Elsewhere, Jon Gillies (Calgary) stopped 23 of 24 shots as the United States began defense of their gold medal with a 5-1 triumph over the Czech Republic.

Riley Barber (Washington) and Will Butcher (Colorado) put the Americans in front 2-0 at the first intermission, while Hudson Fasching (Los Angeles), Jaccob Slavin (Carolina) and Vince Hinostroza (Chicago) provided additional goal support over the final 40 minutes. USA continues pool play Saturday against Slovakia.

CANADA VS. GERMANY
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Anthony Mantha (Detroit) snatched a hat trick and 2014 NHL Draft-eligible forward Sam Reinhart recorded a goal and a helper as Canada got their World Junior Championship off on the right foot with a 7-2 victory over Germany.

Canada led 4-2 after the opening 20 minutes, but locked it down defensively the rest of the way while limiting top draft prospect Leon Draisaitl to just two shots on goal. Next up for Canada is a Saturday date with the Czech Republic. The Germans will look to even their record Friday when they take on Slovakia.

SWEDEN VS. SWITZERLAND
In the final opening day tilt, Filip Forsberg (Nashville) scored a goal and two assists as host Sweden earned a hard-fought 5-3 decision over Switzerland. Defenseman Christian Djoos (Washington) potted a power play marker to break a 3-3 tie early in the third period before Andreas Johnson (Toronto) bagged the insurance goal with under three minutes left in regulation. Sweden gets a day off before battling rival Finland on Saturday.


On Friday, Rasmus Ristolainen is expected to be in the lineup as Finland opens round robin play against Norway. The smooth defensive anchor – who hasn’t seen any game action since sustaining an upper-body on while playing for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League – should play a pivotal role for Finland’s Under-20 squad for the third straight year.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82