Day: September 10, 2016

Sergei Mozyakin scores his career 428 goal, grades up with legendary Boris Mikhaylov


The moment finally came on 55:15 of Saturday’s game. Sergei Mozyakin got his 428th goal in top-flight Russian hockey, matching Boris Mikhailov’s all-time record that has stood for 35 years.

It was a deadly finish, a one-timer from the deep slot delivered with laser-like precision after Jan Kovar picked out the KHL’s leading predator from behind the net. A characteristic Mozyakin goal, created through a natural instinct for positioning and an unstoppable shot.

The goal ended a four-game goalless streak for Mozyakin. The forward began the season with three markers in three game to move within touching distance of Mikhailov’s record, but then failed to find the net against Ugra, Avtomobilist, Amur and Dinamo Riga.

The achievement brought words of warm praise from Mikhailov, who now shares his pedestal – at least until Mozyakin’s next goal.

“I regard Mozyakin as a great talent and a great player,” he told “You don’t get to break records like these if you’re merely a good player, only the real greats can do this.”

Earlier in the game another Magnitka star, Danis Zaripov, reached a milestone of his own. His assist on Denis Platonov’s 48th-minute goal was the 500th point of his KHL career. It also enabled Platonov to give Metallurg a 2-1 lead before Mozyakin wrapped up the points.

Mozyakin also claimed an assist on the opening goal as Wojtek Wolski put Metallurg ahead early in the second period. Jokerit tied the game through Roope Talaja’s first of the season in the 42nd minute.


Tavares nets two, Canada defeats USA in pre-tournament rematch

By Canadian Press

John Tavares scored twice to lead Team Canada to a 5-2 victory over Team USA Saturday night in World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament play in Ottawa.

Logan Couture, Jay Bouwmeester and Matt Duchene also scored for Canada. Braden Holtby allowed two goals on 13 shots, while Corey Crawford faced 10 shots in 26:28 of ice time.

Ryan McDonagh and John Carlson scored for the U.S. Cory Schneider started the game and allowed four goals on 24 shots, while Ben Bishop, who came in for the third period, allowed one goal on 14 shots.

Leading 4-2, Canada gave the 18,687 on hand at Canadian Tire Centre plenty to cheer about as Tavares made it 5-2 with his second of the night.

The U.S. trailed 3-1 to start the second, but had a two-man advantage and made the most of it as Carlson wired a one-timer past Holtby to make it a one-goal game.

After an exciting first period both teams appeared a little sluggish at times through the second, not surprising considering the two played the night before in Columbus where the U.S. won 4-2.

Canada regained a two-goal lead at the 12-minute mark as Tyler Seguin fought off T.J. Oshie and dropped a pass back to Duchene, who buried it to make it 4-2.

Canada opened the scoring with three straight goals in the first period.

Couture started the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the period as he took a great pass from Joe Thornton and beat Schneider through the legs on his backhand.

Just over two minutes later, on a 4-on-3, Tavares banked the puck in off Ryan McDonagh. With less than five minutes remaining, Ryan Getzlaf passed from behind the net to Bouwmeester, who scored far side.

The U.S. made it 3-1 to end the period when McDonagh’s shot made it through traffic to beat Holtby.

Canada will play its final exhibition game Wednesday against Team Russia in Pittsburgh, while the U.S. will host Team Finland Tuesday night in Washington.



Eriksson nets a pair as Sweden beats Finland

By Associated Press

Sweden — Loui Eriksson and Patric Hornqvist scored twice each to lead Sweden past Finland 6-3 in the rivals’ second warmup game for the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday.

Eriksson signed with the Vancouver Canucks this off-season and his likely linemates set him up on the power play for both his goals.

Henrik Sedin found Eriksson in front on a 5-on-3 to open the scoring at 8:56 of the first period, and it was Daniel Sedin who found Eriksson in front at 18:06 to give Sweden a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

On Thursday, Finland won 3-2 in Helsinki in overtime.

Rasmus Ristolainen and captain Mikko Koivu scored 3:05 apart in the middle period for Finland to cut the Swedish lead to 3-2 after Eriksson netted his two in the opening period and Hornqvist added one in the second.

Nicklas Backstrom, Hornqvist, and Filip Forsberg sealed the Swedish victory with goals in the final period.

Erik Haula scored the third for Finland.

The tournament opens next weekend in Toronto.

Finland faces the United States in its final warmup on Tuesday, while Sweden meets Team Europe on Wednesday.



Ales Hemsky scores SO winner as Czech Republic edges Russia

By Associated Press

Ales Hemsky converted the decisive penalty in a shootout for the Czech Republic to beat Russia 2-1 in their second warmup for the World Cup of Hockey on Saturday.

After also scoring one in a 4-3 victory for Russia over the Czechs in St. Petersburg on Thursday, Nikita Kucherov broke the scoreless tie at 1:04 into the final period.

The Czechs pulled goalie Michal Neuvirth to send in an extra man, and captain Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal in two games with 1:11 left in regulation, forcing overtime in which no team scored.

In their final matches ahead of the tournament that starts next weekend in Toronto, the Czechs will play Team North America while Russia faces Canada on Wednesday.