|Nail Yakupov, Team Russia|
Coach Valeri Bragin kept the top 2012 draft-eligible player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Mikhail Grigorenko (Quebec Remparts), and Yevgeni Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals) out of the lineup as healthy scratches for the Russians, who went 2 for 4 on the power play. Team USA finished 0 for 6 with the man advantage.
U.S. coach Dean Blais, whose team never led in the game, decided to sit defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Kevin Gravel and forwards Brandon Saad, Kyle Rau, Nick Bjugstad and T.J. Tynan for Tuesday's game. Josh Archibald (Pittsburgh Penguins), J.T. Miller (NY Rangers) and Kenny Agostino (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored the goals for Team USA. Goalie Jack Campbell (Dallas Stars) stopped 20 of 25 shots in the loss.
"While we're disappointed with the loss, this is just a step in our evaluation process," Blais said. "We will continue to work to prepare for the tournament, beginning with [Wednesday's] exhibition game against Switzerland."
The youngest player on the U.S. roster, defenseman Seth Jones (2013 draft eligible), was apparently laboring a bit after taking a few hard hits during the game and his status for Wednesday's scrimmage against Switzerland (9:30 p.m. ET) is questionable.
According to USA Hockey's live blog during the game, Blais set his lineups as follows:
Jason Zucker-Charlie Coyle-Emerson Etem
Shane Prince-Austin Czarnik-Brian Ferlin
Connor Brickley-Austin Watson-Josh Archibald
Kenny Agostino-Bill Arnold-J.T. Miller
Austin Levi-Jacob Trouba
Derek Forbort-Stephen Johns
Jon Merrill-Seth Jones
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