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Four points from Kucherov helps Russians remain unbeaten

Kucherov scored a goal and added three assists as Russia won their fourth straight game to open the tournament on Wednesday

by TampaBayLightning.com

The three Lightning Russian players were back in action on Wednesday after having the day-off on Tuesday. It took only 31 seconds for Nikita Kucherov to extend his point streak to four games with an assist on the first goal of the game. Kucherov finished the game with four points (one goal, three assists) in Russia's 10-0 rout of Team Italy. The Hart Trophy Finalist now leads the tournament for points with 10 (three goals, seven assists).

Andrei Vasilevskiy made his third start of the tournament, posting a 15-save shutout. Vasilevskiy is now 3-0-0-0 with a pair of shutouts. He's made 63 saves on 65 shots during the tournament.

Team Russia improved to 4-0-0-0, outscoring their opponents 23-2 along the way. Their next game will be against Latvia on May 18.

Erik Cernak and the host Slovakians suffered a heart-breaking 3-2 defeat on Wednesday to Team Germany. Cernak collected an assist in the loss, giving him three points in the tournament (two goals, one assist). He ranks tied for first among all tournament defensemen for goals.

Team Canada and the Czechs both resume play on Thursday. Anthony Cirelli, Mathieu Joseph and Team Canada take on France, while the Ondrej Palat, Jan Rutta and the Czech Republic play Latvia.

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