Game 1 if the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge took place in Yaroslavl, Russia, with the Canadian squad emerging victorious 3-2 after a three goal second period outburst.
Tampa Bay Lightning prospects playing for Team Russia included defensemen Nikita Nesterov and Artem Sergeev and one of the Lightning’s 1st round draft picks (19th overall) from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, goaltender Andrei Vasilevski.
Sergeev in particular received praise for some for his efforts today, particularly on the power play where he recorded an assist on 1st overall pick Nail Yakupov’s 5-on-3 goal in the third period.
Cody Nickolet of WHL From Above said this regarding stand out players from the first game of the challenge:
Russian players who stood out to me included Grigorenko (BUF), Nesterov (TB), Sergeev (TB), Slepyshev (FA).
Vasilevski allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for a .893 save percentage in the loss, as he was out-dueled by the other goalie selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft – Malcol...