Rangers forwards Artem Anisimov
and Enver Lisin wrapped up their appearance at Sweden's LG Games on Sunday as Russia fell to the Czech Republic 4-2 at Stockholm.
The Russians finished 1-1-1 for a third-place finish in the four-team tuneup event for the World Championship tournament, which begins on Friday in Germany. Anisimov will go with the team to Germany, while Lisin will return home for the summer to begin preparing for training camp in the fall.
Close friends Anisimov and Lisin skated together on the fourth line against the Czechs. Anisimov was at center with Lisin on the right side. The left wing on the line was 18-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko, the No. 2-rated prospect for this year's NHL Entry Draft.
Anisimov took 14 faceoffs and had a shot on goal. Lisin won a faceoff and fired two shots on goal. He was also called for roughing as the game came to an end.
Former NHL star Sergei Fedorov, who spent the past season with Magnitogorsk of Russia's KHL, got his country off to a fast start on Sunday, scoring an even-strength goal at 2:32 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead.
|Enver Lisin |
The Czechs tied the game at 1-1 just 1:57 into the second period on a goal by former NHL player Jiri Novotny, who also played in the KHL in 2009-10. At 17:57 of the second, the Czechs went ahead 2-1 on a goal by Czech Extraliga player Petr Koukal.
Another Czech Extraliga forward, Petr Vampola of Plzen, got the eventual game-winner for the Czech Republic at 16:49 of the third period to make it 3-1. The Russians cut the lead to 3-2 just under a minute later at 17:33, getting a goal from former Nashville Predators draftee Denis Kulyash, an Avangard Omsk teammate of Jaromir Jagr's in the KHL this past season.
The Czechs, who outshot the Russians 32-27, iced the game on an empty-net goal by Roman Cervenka with 15 seconds remaining.
With the addition of goaltender Chad Johnson
to Team Canada on Saturday, there are eight Rangers players and prospects who will take part in this year's World Championships -- the largest Blueshirts contingent since 1993.