The ‘Red Machine’ is still not firing on all cylinders but remains unbeaten at the IIHF World Championships. Russia ran out 2-0 winners but, for the third game running, found their opponents stubborn and difficult to play against. Evgeni Malkin continued his scoring streak, this time with an assist, to remain in contention for the tournaments highest scorer.
The first period was even in play but Germany outshot the Russians 13-8. Semyon Varlamov was kept busy throughout the period and this was exacerbated by indiscipline. Malkin conceded a slashing penalty whilst Nikolai Zherdev was called for tripping. It would be Zherdev who would break the deadlock just before the break as Malkin’s break and shot that fell to Yevgeni Medvedev who, in turn, took a shot that Zherdev deflected. The second period would be another close affair between the two teams with Russia edging the shot count 10-7.
The third period would be a similar affair again, with Germany having good chances. Varlamov stood firm and Malkin made a good goal line clearance to back up the Colorado Avalanche goalie. The game was put beyond doubt nine minutes from time when Alexei Tereshenko scored on the powerplay from a Sergei Shirokov pass. Germany kept going to the end and Christopher Fischer was denied by some Varlamov athleticism.
Malkin was handled well by the German defence and was limited to 3 shots in his 17:38 on the ice. Next up for Russia is Denmark who ran Sweden close last time out. Being outshot 30-26 won’t have pleased the Russians but a Varlamov shutout will be welcomed.