Team Russia defeated Team North America 4-3 in their preliminary-round game at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 on Monday. Team Russia improved to 1-1-0 in Group B play. Team North America is 1-1-0.
Here are the three stars of the game as selected by members of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Organizing Committee:
3rd Star: Evgeny Kuznetsov, F, Team Russia
GOAL, PLUS-1 RATING, 15:05 TOI
Gave Russia a 3-1 at 13:37 of the second period when he came down the right side, cut to the middle and put the puck past goalie Matt Murray. His bird celebration after the goal wasn't bad either.
2nd Star: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F, Team North America
GOAL, ASSIST, PLUS-1 RATING, 15:30 TOI
With Team North America trailing 4-1, Nugent-Hopkins assisted on Morgan Rielly's goal with 2:04 left in the second period. His power-play goal 3:01 into the third period made it 4-3.
1st Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Team Russia
Bobrovsky, playing for the second straight day, was the MVP for Team Russia, making 43 saves, including 35 in the second and third period. Bobrovsky weathered a Team North America storm in the third, making 18 saves, including one with his mask. "We are always sure with Bobrovsky," Team Russia coach Oleg Znarok said when asked if was hesitant about going back to Bobvrosky. "We don't hesitate. We trust him."