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Russia beats Czechs 3-1 in Channel One Cup

Russia beats Czechs 3-1 in Channel One Cup

Alexander Radulov had a goal and an assist to lead Russia to a 3-1 win Saturday over the world champion Czech Republic in the second round of the Channel One Cup.
The Czechs dominated the first period and outshot Russia 12-6, but it was the hosts who capitalized on their chances and went into the interval with a 2-0 lead. Radulov's pass from the left corner of the box found an unmarked Igor Grigorenko, who opened the scoring for Russia at 4:17. Ilya Nikulin made it 2-0 with a slap shot from the blue line on a power play at 12:33.
Tomas Rolinek, who scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Russia in the final of the world championships in Switzerland in May, narrowed the gap from close range early in the second period.
But Radulov scored a power-play goal shortly afterward when his centering pass from the right deflected off Miroslav Blatak's skate and went between the pads of goalie Jakub Stepanek.
The Czechs played with a one-man advantage for a total of 12 minutes the rest of the way but failed to capitalize.
"We've played a bad match," said Czech coach Alois Hadamczik. "We had a couple of good chances in the first period but conceded two goals and couldn't score a goal on power play later in the game."
Jakub Nakladal missed a one-on-one opportunity early in the third period.
The Czechs pulled Stepanek with 47 seconds left, and Russian duo Denis Kulyash and Sergey Mozyakin both missed chances to score into the empty net.
"We played a good match but there's still a lot of work to be done," Russia coach Vyacheslav Bykov said. "The Czechs were more active in our zone in the first period and outshot us. We should thank our goalkeeper."
Konstantin Borulin had 33 saves for Russia, while Stepanek finished with 19.
Finland was scheduled to play Sweden later on Saturday.
The tournament is the second of four events on the four-team European Hockey Tour, which features events in Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Sweden.


Updated : 2021-10-17 23:31 GMT+08:00