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Anisimov, Lisin help Russia top Swedes

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers forwards Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin both skated for Russia on Saturday in their team's 4-2 victory over host Sweden at the LG Games in Stockholm.

Enver Lisin
Lisin played left wing on the fourth line, while Anisimov skated on the second line. Lisin fired five shots on goal and won the lone faceoff he took.

One of Lisin's linemates on Saturday was top NHL Entry Draft prospect Vladimir Tarasenko, an 18-year-old who scored 13 goals in 42 KHL games for Novosibirsk. Tarasenko, a right wing, is ranked No. 2 among European prospects for this year's draft at Los Angeles.

Lisin's fourth-line center was Konstantin Gorovikov, a former Ottawa Senators draft pick who now plays with St. Petersburg of the KHL.

Anisimov, who took 15 faceoffs, centered the Russians' second line with former NHLer Maxim Sushinsky on his left and Sergei Mozyakin on his right. This was the second straight game that the trio played together.

The Russians jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Evgeny Ryasensky at 16:12 of the first period. Russia, which suffered a 5-4 OT shootout loss to Finland in the tournament opener on Thursday, never looked back after that.

Artem Anisimov
Maxim Sushinsky made it 2-0 on another power play off assists from Denis Denisov and former Rangers defenseman Dmitri Kalinin at 18:33 of the middle period, and Vitaly Atyushov stretched the lead to 3-0 with a third straight power-play goal -- the eventual game-winner -- just over a minute later at 19:41.

Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs extended the lead to 4-0 just 34 seconds into the tihrd period. Former NHL star Sergei Fedorov assisted on Kulemin's goal.

At 4:23 of the third, Sweden ended the shutout bid on a power-play goal by Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a first-round pick of the Phoenix Coyotes last year.

Johan Harju got the game's final goal at 16:57 of the third, cutting the lead to 4-2.

Sweden outshot Russia 36-31, but the Russians got 34 saves from goaltender Vasily Koshechkin, a Tampa Bay Lightning draftee who plays for Magnitogorsk in the KHL.

The Russian team will conclude its LG Games schedule against the Czech Republic on Sunday. Most of the Russian players will then head to Germany for the World Championship tournament, which begins Friday.
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