Canada-Russia Challenge Game 1 Recap

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, four games to be played – two in Yaroslavl, Russia, where that city’s KHL team – the Lokomotiv – suffered tragedy when a plane crash took the lives of all but one person, and two games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is a recap of Game 1 from Arena 2000 in Yaroslavl.

There was no scoring in the first period, although some penalties were handed out, including offsetting roughing minors toward the end.

In the second period, Canada would get on the board first. Morgan Rielly sets up Sean Monahan to get the puck past Russian goalie Andrei Vasilevski to make the score 1-0 at 4:08, a powerplay goal. Later, at 5:57, Scott Harrington, on an assist from Jonathan Huberdeau, would expand on Canada’s lead to make it 2-0. At 8:01, Anton Slepyshev would put Russia on the board and cut the Canadian lead to 2-1, making sure Malcolm Subban wouldn’t record a shutout on the day. Assists on that goal went to Albert Yarullin and Kirill Kapustin. Dougie Hamilton would restore Canada’s 2-goal lead at 17:40, an unassisted goal.

Russia would get one goal back in the third period, with Canada down two men. Nail Yakupov scores at 14:01 to make the score read 3-2 Canada. With time running out, Russia tried to break even with Canada by going all-out with six attackers, but in the end, the clock reached zero and Canada would take Game 1 by a score of 3-2.