Team Sweden vs. Team Russia
Moving on to Sunday’s games, the matinee featured the Swedes and the Russians. Now, I ask you, who doesn’t like the Swedes?! They are a team that is known for its great defense; defensemen were involved in both scores in a 2-1 victory.
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Representing Team Sweden were the Chicago Blackhawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson and Marcus Kruger. These are two gentlemen who always play their hearts out; yet they seem to fly under the radar no matter who they play for.
On the Russian side of things, Blackhawk Artemi Panarin also generated 0 points, although I would expect that to change as the tournament goes along. Artem Anisimov, on the other hand, had a pretty horrific game. His performance is best summed up by a tweet from The Athletic’s Scott Powers.
I think Chicago Blackhawks’ head coach Joel Quenneville would be smart to consider putting Kruger in for faceoffs on the second line instead of Anisimov whenever possible once the NHL regular season gets started.