Rangers center Artem Anisimov
got off to a fast start at the LG Hockey Games in Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, picking up the primary assist on the World Championship tuneup tournament's very first goal.
Anisimov set up Sergei Mozyakin for an even-strength goal at 4:38 of the opening period against Finland, giving the Russians a short-lived 1-0 lead. Finland came back to score the next two goals and went on to win 5-4 in an overtime shootout.
The Russian team will face Sweden on Saturday and conclude their round-robin tournament play against the Czech Republic on Sunday.
Leading 2-1 after the first period on Thursday, the Finns added another goal early a wild second period to go up 3-1, but Russia came right back with a shorthanded goal by former NHLer Viktor Kozlov. Finland stretched the lead back to 4-2 on a power play at 11:00 of the second, but Maxim Sushinsky scored at even strength to make it 4-3 just under three minutes later.
Russia tied the score 4-4 on a goal by Evgeny Artyukhin, assisted by Atlanta Thrashers forward Maxim Afinogenov, at 3:48 of the third. That goal forced a scoreless 20-minute overtime beforethe Finns won in a shootout.
Anisimov, who took 16 faceoffs, did not take part in the five-round shootout, which ended on a goal by Finland's Mikael Granlund, the No. 1-ranked European for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Russia outshot Finland 40-28.
Anisimov skated on the Russian's third line alongside Mozyakin and Sushinsky, a former Minnesota Wild winger who now plays for St. Petersburg of the KHL, and Mozyakin, a former Blue Jackets draft pick who plays in the KHL with Mystischi.
Rangers forward Enver Lisin, also a member of the Russian team, had one shot on goal in limited action as one of the fourth-line alternates. Both Anisimov and Lisin are candidates to play for Russia at the upcoming World Championship tournament in Germany.