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Anisimov gets assist in Russian win

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers forward Artem Anisimov picked up another point on Tuesday as Russia rolled over Finland 5-0 to remain unbeaten at the IIHF World Championship tournament in Cologne, Germany.

Artem Anisimov
Team Russia, one of the gold medal favorites with a lineup that includes NHL superstars Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, advanced to a quarterfinal game against Canada on Thursday in what will be a rematch of last year's gold-medal game, which Russia won.

Anisimov, who saw 11:08 of ice time on the fourth line with Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maxim Afinogenov of the Atlanta Thrashers, assisted on Kulemin's second-period goal, which gave the Russians a commanding 3-0 lead just 10 seconds after they had scored their second goal.

Through six tournament games, Anisimov has a goal and two assists to go with a plus-3 rating. He is competing in the World Championships for the first time.

In addition to his assist on Tuesday, Anisimov registered three shots on goal and was plus-2 for the game. He was one of only three Russians, along with Ovechkin and Malkin, to record a shot in each period.

Russia scored first at 16:42 of the opening period, as former NHL star Sergei Fedorov tallied off assists from former Washington Capitals teammates Alexander Semin and Ovechkin.

The Russians stretched their lead to 3-0 in the second period on goals by Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin at 13:52 and Kulemin just 10 seconds later at 14:02. Malkin scored on a power play, while Kulemin followed up on the next shift with a goal after Anisimov won the opening faceoff and picked up an assist on the play.
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