CALGARY -- Russia had been waiting for fireworks from captain Yevgeni Kuznetsov. When he finally delivered, the display didn’t disappoint.
After failing to get on the scoresheet in his club’s first two games, Kuznetsov exploded for nine points as Russia routed Latvia 14-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday night.
Kuznetsov, Russia’s only returning player from last year’s gold medal winning squad, finished with three goals and six assists. He ended up one shy of tying Peter Forsberg’s record for points in a World Junior Championship game when he put up 10 against Japan in 1992.