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Russians roll over another World foe

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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Rangers forward Artem Anisimov picked up an assist on Sunday, as Team Russia crushed Denmark 6-1 to remain unbeaten at the IIHF World Championship tournament in Cologne, Germany.

Artem Anisimov
Anisimov skated on Russia's fourth line with Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Maxim Afinogenov of the Atlanta Thrashers. He saw 10:05 of ice time, had two shots on goal, and was plus-1 for the game.

Their second straight qualification-round victory left the Russians in great position as they approach next week's medal round. On Sunday, it was Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings leading the way with a hat trick for Russia, which plays its final qualification-round game against Finland on Tuesday

The Russians, a gold medal favorite, showed their tremendous talent with a true All-Star combination for the game's first goal at 15:07 of the first period. Datsyuk made it 1-0 off assists from New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk and the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, who joined the Russian team after Pittsburgh was eliminated from the playoffs last week.

Just over four minutes after Datsyuk scored, Russia's other major NHL star, Alex Ovechkin tallied a shorthanded goal while killing a penalty to Washington teammate Alexander Semin. The goal at 19:12 of the first, assisted by Sergei Fedorov and Vitaly Atyushov, would stand up as the game-winner.

Denmark cut the Russian lead to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 5:02 of the second period, but that was as close as the Danes would come. Malkin made it a 3-1 game off assists from Kovalchuk and Datsyuk on Russia's first power play opportunity of the game at 13:40 of the second.

Russia ran away with the game in the third period, scoring three goals. Datsyuk got the first of them from Malkin and Kovalchuk for a 4-1 lead at the 7:51 mark. He then completed his hat trick at 10:51 of the third, scoring on a penalty shot called when Denmark's Thor Dresler closed his hand on the puck in the crease amid Rusian pressure.

Kulemin closed out the scoring  at 12:26 of the third period. Anisimov and Afinogenov assisted on the goal that made it a 6-1 final.

Anisimov's assist was his first of the tournament, as well as his second point.

In another qualification-round game on Sunday afternoon, Latvia ripped Norway 5-0.
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