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Кубок Мира по хоккею 1996 года


August 23, 1996

U.S. just a plaything for Russian Bear

By DAVE FULLER -- Toronto Sun
\ DETROIT -- If history has taught us anything about these international hockey affairs, it is that the Russians tend to be a sneaky bunch.
Team Russia toyed with Team USA for 49 minutes last night, then swung the hammer for a 6-4 victory in front 18,092 fans at Joe Louis Arena who weren't always sure for whom to cheer, their country or the three Red Wings in the Russian lineup -- Sergei Fedorov, Slava Kozlov and Igor Larionov.
The deceptive Russians ran up a 3-0 second-period lead, then allowed the Americans three straight goals. Russia jumped ahead 4-3 when Fedorov scored on a two-man power-play but Bryan Smolinski evened the score again.
Larionov scored the winner, sweeping Kozlov's rebound behind U.S. goalie Guy Hebert at 9:03 of the third. Fedorov then sealed it with his second of the game.
Fedorov, who hasn't represented his homeland since he defected in 1990, admitted those old emotions are beginning to stir again.
"We were born in Russia. We grew up playing hockey there. It's not going to get out of your system," said Fedorov, the 1995 Hart Trophy winner who now resides in the exclusive Bloomfield Hills section of Detroit. "As soon as we walked in the dressing room (for training camp), the feelings came back right away. Like a fish in water."
The Russians, who arrived in America on Wednesday, are a perfect 4-0 in pre-tourney play while the USA dropped to 1-2.
Russia ends its exhibition schedule tomorrow in Calgary against Canada while the U.S. plays host Peter Bondra's Team Slovakia in Providence, R.I.
U.S. coach Ron Wilson blamed his club's defensive lapses on fatigue.
"We're a little leg weary after three games in four days across the country," Wilson said. "We discovered our strength is we have the big powerful forwards to win the battles in the corners and that our defence needs to get the puck out of our end quickly. If we don't, we're in trouble."
Sergei Nemchinov, Oleg Tverdovsky and Alexei Kovalev capitalized on defensive blunders to open up the 3-0 Russian lead but Brett Hull, Gary Suter and Doug Weight scored in a span of 8:16 to erase it.
The game was Sergei Berezin's first on American soil since his days with the Soviet junior team. Last night, the Maple Leafs' top prospect was a non-factor, playing on a line with Alexei Yashin and Kovalev.
Unlike many of his Russian teammates Berezin, for some reason, began skating only 10 days ago.
"I'm not really in shape yet," admitted Berezin, who didn't figure in the scoring and was a minus-1. "But I will be by Oct. 5. Playing in this tournament will take care of that."

First Period
1. Russia, Nemchinov, 16:20 (pp).
Penalties -- Konowalchuk U.S. (roughing) 3:12, Gonchar Rus (elbowing) 8:20, Nikolishin Rus (tripping) 14:06, LeClair U.S. (cross-checking) 14:52.
Second Period
2. Russia, Tverdovsky (Mogilny) 0:34
3. Russia, Kovalev, 2:25
4. United States, Hull (K.Hatcher) 8:54
5. United States, Suter (Modano, K.Hatcher) 11:35 (pp)
6. United States, Weight (Leclair, D.Hatcher) 17:10
7. Russia, Fedorov (Gonchar, Zubov) 19:37
Penalties -- Guerin U.S. (cross-checking) 2:47, Suter U.S. (hooking) 5:52, Gonchar Rus, (holding) 10:23, Deadmarsh U.S. (interference) 11:53, P.Bure Rus (cross-checking) 13:58, Amonte U.S. (hooking) 17:52. K.Hatcher U.S. (slashing) 18:38.
Third Period
8. United States, Smolinski (Amonte) 4:58
9. Russia, Larionov (Kozlov, P.Bure) 9:03
10. Russia, Fedorov (Mogilny, Gonchar) 11:09
Penalties -- Zhitnik Rus (holding) 2:21, McEachern U.S. (holding) 5:34, P.Bure Rus (roughing) 6:14, Guerin U.S. (boarding) 9:03, Gonchar Rus (holding) 14:09.
Shots on goal by:
U.S. 9 12 8--29
Russia 11 10 13--34
Goal -- U.S.: Richter (21 shots, 17 saves), Hebert (0:00 third, 13-11); Russia: Khabibulin (29-25).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- U.S.: 0-6; Russia: 1-8.
Referee -- Kerry Fraser. Linesmen -- Dan Schachte, Ron Scapinello.
Attendance -- 18,093.

Источник - "Toronto Sun"





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