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Posted On Friday, 11.16.2012 / 1:08 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Khokhlachev outstanding as Russia wins Super Series

Nail Yakupov was the focus of most of the attention during the Subway Super Series, but Thursday it was his linemates who had the biggest impact.

Alexander Khokhlachev and Andrei Sigarev each had a goal and an assist as Russia clinched its second Super Series title with a 5-2 defeat of Team WHL.

Leading 4-1 after two periods, Team WHL cut the deficit to 4-2 when Adam Lowry finished a nice passing play with linemates Colin Smith and Ty Rattie early in the third. With Team WHL on a power play, Rattie carried the puck down the middle of the ice and dished to Smith, who went below the goal line and found a trailing Lowry in front for the goal at 3:42.

That was as close as Team WHL would get, however, as goalie Andrey Makarov shut the door. He stopped seven of eight shots in the third, and made 22 saves for the game.

Yaroslav Kosov finished the scoring with an empty-net goal with 1:28 left. Defenseman Mikhail Naumenkov had a goal and an assist for Russia.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 11:57 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia holds 4-1 lead after two periods

Team Russia showcased its speed, skill and strength in scoring a pair of goals in the second period and taking a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes.

St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie put Team WHL on the board at 8:15 of the second period, when he skated the puck down the left side of the Team Russia zone, beat a defender and flipped a high backhand shot that got between goalie Andrey Makarov and the post to cut the home team's deficit to 2-1.

However, the momentum didn't last, as Team Russia needed just 28 seconds to push the lead back to two. Kirill Kapustin took the puck down the right side of the Team WHL zone, shrugged aside defenseman Derrick Pouliot, spun and fired a shot on net that goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped, but the puck bounced right to a pinching Kirill Diyakov, who scored off the rebound at 8:43.

That marked the end of Brossoit's night. After shutting out Team Russia last night in Vancouver, he stopped 10 of 13 shots Thursday in 28:43 of action. He was replaced by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Eric Comrie.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 11:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Team Russia up 2-0 after one period

Team Russia accomplished something in the first period of Game 6 of the CHL Subway Super Series it couldn't through 60 minutes of regulation last night and the shootout -- put a puck past Team WHL goalie Laurent Brossoit.

Russia did it twice, with Mikhail Naumenkov and Andrei Sigarev scoring to give Team Russia a 2-0 lead after one period.

If Team Russia wins in regulation, it would win the six-game series.

Kirill Kapustin beat a pair of Team WHL skaters to a puck along the wall in the offensive zone and sent it to Naumenkov at the left point. The defenseman one-timed the puck on net where it bounced past Brossoit at 7:06.

Then with 10 seconds left, Alexander Khokhlachev skated with the puck through the offensive zone, drawing defenders to him. He dropped the puck for Sigarev, who skated into a shot from the high slot that went past Brossoit high.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 9:50 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Brossoit in goal for Team WHL in Super Series finale

Here is the lineup Team WHL will use in the finale of the CHL Subway Super Series tonight against Russia. It includes Laurent Brossoit back in net after stopping all 30 shots he faced in regulation and all three attempts in the shootout in Wednesday's 1-0 defeat of Russia.

Adam Lowry - Collin Smith - J.C. Lipon

Brady Brassart - Steven Hodges - Michael St. Croix

Graham Black - Sam Fioretti - Mitchell Holmberg

Curtis Lazar - Mark McNeill - Ty Rattie

Griffin Reinhart - Keegan Lowe

Morgan Rielly - Tyler Wotherspoon

Derrick Pouliot - Mathew Dumba

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Posted On Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 1:16 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Shinkaruk keys Team WHL to shootout win

About a year ago, Medicine Hat forward Hunter Shinkaruk stood at center ice in the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon waiting for his shootout attempt against Saskatoon Blades goalie Andrey Makarov. He already had beaten Makarov once in regulation that Nov. 22 night, but in the shootout, Makarov won the battle as Saskatoon finished with a 4-3 victory.

Wednesday night, Shinkaruk stood at center ice at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver waiting for another shootout chance against Makarov.

He clearly learned from his previous miss -- the 2013 NHL Draft prospect beat Makarov to lead Team WHL to a 1-0 shootout victory against Russia in Game 5 of the CHL Subway Super Series.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 11:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Super Series scoreless after two periods

In the tight race to represent Canada in goal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, Laurent Brossoit certainly made a strong statement in the second period.

The Calgary Flames prospect stopped all 12 shots Russia threw at him to help Team WHL keep Game 5 of the Subway Super Series scoreless through two periods.

Team Russia outshot Team WHL 12-10 in the period. Maxim Shalunov had the best scoring chance of the second, taking a long stretch pass and breaking in alone on Brossoit, but he denied the scoring chance just over six minutes into the period.

Valeri Nichushkin had another great chance in the final 75 seconds of the period, rushing the puck into the Team WHL zone, holding off a Team WHL defender, spinning and firing a backhander in net, but Brossoit calmly directed the shot into the corner.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 10:55 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Super Series game scoreless after one period

The first period of Game 5 of the Subway Super Series saw lots of hits and lots of shots, but no goals, as the teams finished 20 minutes in Vancouver scoreless. Team WHL out-shot Team Russia 13-11.

Each team had back-to-back power plays in the period, but neither was able to cash in. Team WHL was shorthanded all but 17 seconds of a four-minute span early in the first period, as Edmonton Oil Kings teammates Griffin Reinhart (checking from behind) and Travis Ewanyk (interference) were sent to the penalty box.

Team WHL got its chance later in the period, as consecutive penalties on Yevgeni Mozer (tripping) and Yaroslav Dyblenko (interference) were sent off. Despite for all but 23 seconds of a four-minute span, Team WHL was unable to score.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.14.2012 / 10:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Team WHL lineup for Super Series Game 5

Here is the lineup Team WHL will use in Game 5 of the CHL Super Series against Team Russia:

Adam Lowry - Mark McNeill - Colton Sissons

Hunter Shinkaruk - Brady Brassard - Michael St. Croix

Sam Fioretti - Graham Black - Mitchell Holmberg

Travis Ewanyk - Sam Reinhart - Curtis Lazar

Duncan Siemens - Ryan Murray

Griffin Reinhart - Mathew Dumba

Morgan Rielly - Ryan Pulock

Laurent Brossoit will start in goal, with Eric Comrie the backup.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 10:03 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

OHL hangs on for 2-1 win in Super Series Game 4

The Ontario Hockey League select team did not have a third-period letdown this time around, but Russia certainly made it interesting.

The OHL entered the final period with a 1-0 lead for a second straight game in the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario on Monday night, but instead of allowing Russia to score twice to steal a win like in Game 3, the home team built on its lead to secure a 2-1 win in Game 4.

The OHL's victory tied the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series at 2-2, with the final two games against the Western Hockey League slated for Vancouver on Wednesday and Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday.

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs scored a first-period goal and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Frank Corrado of the Sudbury Wolves provided what turned out to be the winner in the third as the OHL bounced back after losing the league's first Subway Super Series game to Russia on Thursday night in Guelph, Ontario.

The game marked a homecoming of sorts for Russian captain and 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov, who played his two years of major junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting and received a warm welcome from the crowd when he was introduced prior to the game. The Edmonton Oilers prospect risked being on the wrong end of his biggest highlight when he was the victim of a massive, third-period hit by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 9:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Binnington perfect for 30 minutes, OHL leads after two

St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack left the game after 30 shutout minutes and a first-period goal by Ryan Strome remained the difference as the Ontario Hockey League maintained its 1-0 lead against Team Russia through two periods of Game 4 of the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Binnington only had to make eight saves for his half shutout before giving way to Saginaw Spirit goaltender Jake Paterson, a Detroit Red Wings prospect, at 10:32 of the second period.

“All these players are outstanding, both offensively and defensively,” Binnington told Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds. “They did a great job limiting [Russia] to eight shots.”

Though there were no goals scored in the second period, the game had terrific pace with lots of end to end action and some big hitting. A lot of the physical play was being instigated by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson, a Washington Capitals prospect who was hitting anything he could find in a red jersey.

Barrie Colts forward Anthony Camara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, had two of the better chances of the period. The first came when he nearly split the Russian defense to go in alone on goal, but 2013 NHL Draft prospect Mikhail Naumenkov dropped his stick as Camara went by, and the loose stick wound up knocking the puck away before Corrado could get a shot off.

Later, Camara was set up with an open net by London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith, but his redirection went just wide with a little less than six minutes to play in the period.

Paterson only needed to make three saves in the OHL net over the second half of the period, while Vasilevskiy has stopped 14 of 15 shots through 40 minutes for the Russians.

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Posted On Monday, 11.12.2012 / 8:08 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Strome gives OHL 1-0 lead after 20 minutes

New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs gave the team representing the Ontario Hockey League a 1-0 lead against Team Russia after the first period of Game 4 of the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.

Strome, the OHL's top scorer with 37 points in 21 games, started the play with a long stretch pass out of his own end to the Russian blue line before skating hard to the offensive zone. After Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel corralled a loose puck, he found the streaking Strome alone in the slot for a one-time slap shot that trickled through Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy at 9:47 of the first.

That goal came about 30 seconds after Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of the Ottawa 67s hit the goal post to the left of Vasilevskiy, a Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick last June. Vasilevskiy then made a stop on Washington Capitals draft pick Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers to keep the game scoreless, although it was short-lived.

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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 10:00 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Meurs replacing Rupert on Super Series Team OHL

Garrett Meurs, a 2011 fifth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, has been named to the Team OHL roster for Monday's Subway Super Series game in Sarnia, Ontario.

Meurs, a center currently playing for the Plymouth Whalers, is second on his team with 17 points in 19 games. He replaces London Knights forward Ryan Rupert, who is injured and unable to play.

Monday's game is the fourth of the six-game series, and the second between Team OHL and Team Russia. On Thursday, Team Russia scored a pair of third-period goals for a 2-1 win against Team OHL in Guelph, Ontario. Team Russia improved to 2-1-0 in the series with the win.

After Monday's game, Team Russia will take on Team WHL on Wednesday in Vancouver and Thursday in Victoria, B.C.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 9:51 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia defeats Team OHL with 24-second burst

Before Game 3 of the Subway Super Series, Team OHL center Ryan Strome talked about how fast and skilled Russia was.

The Russians demonstrated that vast skill set in the third period, exploding for a pair of goals in a 24-second span to steal a 2-1 win Thursday at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 8:52 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

67's teammates give Team OHL lead over Russia

Tyler Graovac and Sean Monahan know each other quite well, and the relationship helped the Ottawa 67's teammates combine to score the game's only goal for Team OHL against Russia in Subway Super Series Game 3 at Guelph, Ontario.

With Russia halfway through a power play early in the second, defenseman Andrei Mironov got lazy with the puck at center ice, letting Monahan, the top 2013 NHL Draft prospect, intercept a pass intended for Nail Yakupov.

Monahan skated past Yakupov into the left circle and found Graovac heading to the net. Monahan centered a pass to Graovac, and the OHL's leading goal-scorer and Minnesota Wild prospect made one deke and beat Russia goalie Igor Ustinski at 5:49 of the period.

Russia had a couple of solid chances, including a shorthanded chance for Alexander Khokhlachev early in the period, and a great chance in the high slot for Yakupov. However, Team OHL is outshooting Russia 17-9 after two periods.

Canada goalie Malcolm Subban left the game about halfway through the period after making seven saves. The Boston Bruins prospect was replaced by St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington, who stopped the two shots he faced in just over eight minutes of action. He'll play the remainder of the game.

Back with more after the third period.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 7:59 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Team OHL, Russia play scoreless first period

Russia, playing its third game in four days, looked a step slow in the first period facing Team OHL in Game 3 of the Subway Super Series at Guelph, Ontario.

One starter looked fresh, however: goalie Igor Ustinski, a 2013 NHL Draft prospect. Ustinski stopped everything Team OHL threw at the Russian net and the game remained scoreless after one period.

Each team had a chance to get on the board on a power-play chance, but Ustinski and Team OHL goalie Malcolm Subban, a Boston Bruins prospect, combined to keep the nets well-guarded.

Team OHL outshot Russia, 9-4.

Alexander Khokhlachev, another Bruins prospect, had Russia's best chance, with about four minutes left, when he took a nice cross-ice pass from Kirill Kapustin and had two shots down low, but Subban denied him both times.

Moments later, Russia captain Nail Yakupov was called for kneeing Sean Monahan, but Team OHL couldn't take advantage of their extra-man opportunity, with Brett Ritchie -- who took Team OHL's penalty 5:43 into the game -- having the best chance, but a bouncing puck got past him.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Thursday, 11.08.2012 / 7:05 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Team OHL lineup for Thursday's game against Russia

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, here's the lineup Team OHL will start with when it faces Russia in Game 3 of the Subway Super Series tonight in Guelph, Ontario.

Tyler Graovac - Boone Jenner - Joshua Leivo

Zach Hall - Ryan Strome - Brett Ritchie

Matt Puempel - Scott Laughton -Zachary Mitchell

Connor McDavid - Sean Monahan - Barclay Goodrow

Cody Ceci - Matthew Finn

Ryan Murphy - Slater Koekkoek

Stuart Percy - Dylan DeMelo

Malcolm Subban will start in goal, with Jordan Binnington backing him up.

The game is live tonight on NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet in Canada.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 9:54 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Big line leads Team QMJHL

Steve Spott, who will coach Team Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship, is keeping a close eye on the Subway Super Series games as he goes about creating the roster he'll take with him to Russia in December.

After watching Wednesday's Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he might have one line already set -- the trio of Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Huberdeau and Jonathan Drouin combined for 11 points as Team QMJHL beat Team Russia 5-2.

MacKinnon, a leading candidate to be the first pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, had a goal and three assists, more than making up for his minus-4 performance Monday in Team QMJHL's 6-2 loss in the Super Series opener Monday in Blainville, Quebec.

Huberdeau, the Florida Panthers' top prospect, added a pair of goals -- including the game-winner early in the second -- and an assist. Drouin, who sat out Monday's game with a foot injury, had a goal and three assists. MacKinnon's teammate with the Halifax Mooseheads, Drouin also likely will be a top 10 pick in June.

Francis Beauvillier also scored a goal for Team QMJHL, and goalies Zachary Fucale and Francois Brassard combined to stop 22 of 24 shots.

Andrei Sigarev and Vladimir Tkachev scored for Team Russia. Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko, Russia's biggest offensive stars, were held scoreless after scoring a goal and an assist each Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 8:53 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Huberdeau, MacKinnon excel for Team QMJHL

Team QMJHL's two biggest offensive stars stepped up big in the second period to lead Team QMJHL to a 3-1 lead on Team Russia after two periods at their Subway Super Series game in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in the period, both assisted by top 2013 NHL Draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon.

The pair started Monday's series opener on the same line, but were separated during the game, and started Wednesday's game on different lines. Coach Andre Tourigny reunited them during the second period and the pair clicked perfectly.

MacKinnon created a center-ice turnover, and then Huberdeau poked the loose puck through a Team Russia player to create a 2-on-0 rush with MacKinnon, who jumped into the play, took a pass from Huberdeau and returned it to the Florida Panthers top prospects for an easy goal at 3:51 of the period.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 8:04 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia, QMJHL tied after one period

After one period, Team QMJHL and Team Russia are tied 1-1 in the second game of their portion of the Subway Super Series, in Val-d'Or, Quebec.

Team QMJHL opened the scoring less than a minute in, when Florida Panthers prospect Francis Beauvillier scored just 59 seconds into the game. Brent Andrews won a draw in Team Russia's end straight back to defenseman James Melindy at the blue line. Melindy moved the puck to Beauvillier at the outside edge of the right circle. Beauvillier's quick shot went past goalie Andrey Vasilevskiy to make it 1-0.

The hosts nearly made it 2-0 when Charles Hudon had a shorthanded breakaway moments later, but Vasilevskiy made the save.

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Posted On Wednesday, 11.07.2012 / 12:58 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

QMJHL looks to even Super Series against Russia

The all-stars of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will look to rebound against Team Russia on Wednesday in Val d'Or, Quebec, in the second game of the Subway Super Series at the Centre Air Creebec.

The game can be seen on NHL Network-US at 7 p.m. ET.

Team QMJHL is coming off a 6-2 loss to the Russians on Monday when Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov, Maxim Shalunov and Valentin Zykov each notched a goal and one assist. The four-goal margin was the largest in a victory for the Russian select team since a 5-1 verdict against the Western Hockey League in 2007 -- a span of 25 games.

The Russians enter Wednesday's contest having won five straight against Team QMJHL.

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Posted On Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 1:03 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Drouin cleared for Team QMJHL on Wednesday

After sitting out the opening game of the 2012 Subway Super Series against Russia with a foot injury, Halifax Mooseheads forward and top draft-eligible prospect Jonathan Drouin has been cleared to play in Wednesday's second game in Val-d’Or, Quebec.

Drouin, who suffered his injury while blocking a shot on Saturday for Halifax, sat out the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's 6-2 loss to Russia on Monday.

Drouin will be joined by Halifax teammates Nathan MacKinnon, Brent Andrews and Zach Fucale in the lineup. Fucale, a goaltender, was also absent on Monday and MacKinnon was a minus-4 on the top line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jean-Sebastien Dea. Andrews played a role on the team's fourth line.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:52 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

MacKinnon's move to the wing a work in progress

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Andre Tourigny wanted to see what top draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon could do on the wing in case that’s where the star Halifax Mooseheads center may be needed on the Canadian team that will play at the next World Junior Championships.

After one game, MacKinnon’s switch to the wing can still be described as a work in progress.

MacKinnon played for the first time on left wing for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team that lost Game 1 of the Subway Super Series 6-2 on Monday night on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jean-Sebastien Dea, a line Tourigny was expecting to produce some offense against a powerful Russian team.

Except Huberdeau and MacKinnon finished the game a minus-4 while Dea was a minus-3, a situation Tourigny says can’t continue in Game 2 of the series Wednesday night in Val D’Or.


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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 11:34 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Grigorenko expects more of a challenge Wednesday

BOISBRIAND, QuebecMikhail Grigorenko knows the 6-2 final score makes it look like his Russian team completely dominated its counterpart from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday night, but he doesn’t feel it’s a true reflection of how Game 1 of the Subway Super Series was played.

In fact, the Quebec Remparts center feels the game was played rather evenly in spite of the most lopsided Russian win in this series since 2007.

“We played the way our coach wanted us to play,” the Buffalo Sabres prospect said. “I think for the Quebec guys a lot of them had games yesterday so they were probably a little bit tired. I think the next game will be a lot tougher and it will be more of a challenge.”

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 9:55 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia opens Super Series with 6-2 win

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Talk about a statement game.

Led by a goal and assist from Mikhail Grigorenko, Nail Yakupov, Maxim Shalunov and Valentin Zykov, Team Russia trounced the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League All-Stars 6-2 in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series in front of a disappointed crowd of 3,173 at the Centre Excellence Rousseau on Monday night.

The four-goal margin was the largest in a victory for the Russian select team since a 5-1 win against the Western Hockey League All-Stars in 2007, a span of 25 games. It also marked the fifth straight win for Team Russia against the QMJHL in the history of the series.

The star for the Russian squad was goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy, who was named player of the game for Team Russia. He made an incredible glove save off Jean-Sebastien Dea in the dying seconds of the first period and made a number of other spectacular saves among his 28 on the night.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 9:00 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Russia increases lead to 4-1 as Vasilevskiy shuts door

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – A 5-on-3 power play goal by Detroit Red Wings prospect Xavier Ouellet got the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on the board, but the continued excellence of Andrey Vasilevskiy in the Russian net and goals by Maxim Shalunov and Mikhail Naumenkov allowed Team Russia to enter the second intermission with a 4-1 lead in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series.

Team QMJHL outshot Russia 11-6 in the second period and 23-15 after 40 minutes, but Vasilevskiy has made a number of highlight-worthy saves to frustrate the Quebec league players time and again.

Buffalo Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko assisted on Naumenkov’s goal at 17:35 of the second period to give him a goal and an assist in the contest, and he’s created a number of scoring chances in a standout performance through two periods.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 7:58 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Grigorenko, Yakupov give Russia 2-0 lead after one

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Team Russia’s two biggest stars took advantage of a pair of turnovers by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to give the visitors a 2-0 lead after one period of Game 1 of the Subway Super Series.

The Quebec Remparts’ Mikhail Grigorenko, a Buffalo Sabres prospect taken 12th at the 2012 NHL Draft, beat Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goaltender Etienne Marcoux at 9:49 of the first period off a 2-on-1 break created by a turnover by Halifax Mooseheads star Nathan MacKinnon.

Just over a minute later, Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov – the top pick in the 2012 draft – picked off an errant clearing attempt in the QMJHL zone and his low slap shot from the high slot beat Marcoux to the far side just inside the post at 11:03 of the period.

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Posted On Monday, 11.05.2012 / 6:55 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - CHL Subway Super Series

Expected lines for Game 1 of Subway Super Series

BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Here are the expected line combinations for the team representing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Team Russia in Game 1 of the Subway Super Series at the Centre Excellence Sports Rousseau.

The player’s NHL affiliation is in brackets, or if he is undrafted his draft year is in brackets.

TEAM QMJHL

Forwards

Jonathan Huberdeau (Fla) – Jean-Sebastien Dea (2013) – Nathan MacKinnon (2013)

William Carrier (2013) – Cedric Paquette (TB) – Anthony Mantha (2013)

Francis Beauvillier (Fla) – Philip Danault (Chi) – Charles Hudon (Mtl)

Samuel Henley (2013) – Brent Andrews (Nas) – Ryan Tesnik (StL)

Christopher Clapperton (2013)

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie