Team Russia downed Team Switzerland 3-0 Sunday evening at Ondrej Nepala Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov registered two of the Russian’s three goals. The Russians remain unbeaten in the preliminary round, going 6-0. Team Russia has one more game in the preliminary round against Team Sweden on Tuesday before the quarterfinals and elimination rounds begin on Thursday.
Team Russia would strike first with a goal from Artyom Anisimov just 3:36 into the contest. The Capitals Dmitri Orlov entered the zone with a couple of sweet moves, splitting the Swiss defense.
Team Switzerland would find their game midway through the period, as the opening frame ended with the Russians leading 1-0.
Team Russia would make it 2-0 with a power play goal from Nikita Kucherov at 6:20 of the middle frame.
And that would be it for the middle frame. Team Russia led 2-0. The Swiss led in shots on goal 26-10.
The Russians would put the game away late in the final frame on a bad line change by the Swiss. Nikita Kucherov would score his second tally of the game at 15:20 of the third period.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov leads Team Russia in faceoff winning percentage at 57%.
- Team Russia has scored 29 goals, while only giving up three in their first six games.
- Russia outshot Switzerland 34-31.
- Nikita Kucherov led Russia in shots with 6, Alex Ovechkin was second with 5.
- Goalie Alexander Georgiev recorded his second win and shutout of the tournament.
- The Russians have posted four shutouts in their first six games.
View this post on Instagram
Happy birthday @kuzy092 ! Thank you for all the smiles you cast our way. #ALLCAPS (📷 @joe_noyes_photography) #Kuzy #Kuznetsov #EvgenyKuznetsov #92#ЕвгенийКузнецов #Кузнецов #Вашингтон #ВашингтонКэпиталс #нхл #хоккей #EvgenyKuznetsov #Kuznetsov #Washington #WashingtonCapitals #nhl #hockey