Play continued at the World Junior Championship tournament in Sweden on Thursday, as three Rangers prospects selected in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft were in action.
The star of the day among the future Rangers was Russia's Artem Anisimov, the Blueshirts' second-round draft pick in Vancouver last June. Anisimov scored a goal as Team Russia remained unbeaten in Group B with a 6-0 thrashing of Switzerland in Leksand.
Anisimov's goal came on a power play on a power play at 14:22 of the third period to give the Russians a 5-0 lead. It was his first goal and point in World Junior Championship play.
The game was scoreless after one period, but Russia struck twice in the second period and then ran away with the game in the third. Anisimov was called for a high-sticking penalty late in the second period, and the Russian team scored on the resulting shorthanded situation.
Playing on the Russians' third line, Anisimov finished the game with five shots on goal, tying for second on his team, which fired a total of 44 shots at Swiss goalie Reto Berra. Anisimov had two shots in each of the last two periods.
Russia will face Belarus in its next Group B game on Friday.
Also cracking the scoresheet on Thursday was Rangers prospect Tomas Zaborsky, who had an assist in Team Slovakia's 6-3 loss to Sweden in a Group A game at Mora.
Zaborsky set up Ondrej Mikula's power-play goal at 19:33 of the opening period, tying the score at 2-2. Sweden later went up 3-2, but the Slovaks battled back for another tie before the Swedes got the eventual game-winner from Martin Johansson on an early third-period power play.
The loss dropped Slovakia to 0-2-0 in the tournament, heading into Saturday's matchup with Team USA, which is also winless.
In another game on Thursday, Finland defeated Rangers prospect David Kveton's Czech Republic team 6-2 in Mora, Sweden. The Finns outshot the Czechs 43-31.
Kveton played on the Czechs' fourth line. He did not record a point or take any penalties in the game.
Three more Rangers prospects return to the ice with Canada on Friday, when the tournament favorites face upstart Germany in a battle of Group A unbeatens.