Alessandro Seren Rosso Alessandro Seren Rosso
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It was quite a change of scenery in the Czech Republic when the Russians trashed Team Canada yesterday with a memorable 6-0 score. 

Probably, Valery Bragin's troop was tired after the successful effort, while the Team USA played on fresh legs and it made all the difference in the world. The Americans started strong in the first period, but Amir Miftakhov played just as solidly, rejecting all the attempts thrown at his net. After the first few minutes, the Russians started gaining room in the offensive zone, but the first horn saw the score still locked at zero.

The second period started pretty similarly, with both teams having some waves forward, but without clear-cut chances. However, things changed later on. At the 35th minute, Ilya Kruglov was sent to the sin bin for tripping, and Arthur Kaliyev converted the man advantage for the 1-0 goal. It was a cold shower for the Russians, who felt the heat and allowed the 2-0 goal only six seconds later for a terrible one-two punch. On the ropes, the Russians allowed a further powerplay to the Americans and started the third period down by one man.

In the final stanza, Team USA found another ricochet goal with Kaliyev's second of the night right after Team Russia's penalty expired. Valery Bragin decided to swap Miftakhov for Yaroslav Askarov, and a goal by CSKA's Alexander Romanov at the 43rd minute gave the team hope. Still, it was clearly not enough as Spencer Knight stopped all the Russian attempts. Bragin decided to go for broke pulling Askarov for a sixth skater, but the Americans stood up and celebrated the fifth consecutive won over Team Russia at the WJC. With the US taking the Group B lead with six points, and the Russians falling to the last place, Bragin's team must defeat Team Germany on Tuesday to avoid embarrassing situations or – even worse – a trip to the relegation round.

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