After falling meekly to Finland 3-1 Saturday, Team Russia played with more urgency in their final dress rehearsal before the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Sunday, Russia defeated the Czech Republic 4-1 in the Carlson Hockey Games. Capitals players either scored or assisted on every Russia goal.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Dmitry Orlov scored once, and Alex Ovechkin tallied three assists.
Russia got on the scoreboard first after Alex Ovechkin powered through a check from former Capital Jakub Jerabek. Ovechkin found Kirill Kaprizov in the middle of the ice, who deked onto his backhand and roofed the puck to the back of the net.
After the Czechs tied it up, Evgeny Kuznetsov gave Russia back the lead 7:53 into the second period, scoring on a breakaway.
Dmitry Orlov would score a few minutes later, after jumping into the play and Kuznetsov finding his Capitals teammate back door.
Kuznetsov would later tally an empty-net goal to complete the scoring.
With the win, Russia won Euro Hockey Tour, a series of international tournaments spanning the entire hockey season.
Following the result of the Finland – Sweden match, it became known that Russia have won the 2018/2019 Euro Hockey Tour which is contested by the continent’s leading ice hockey nations!
— Russia Hockey (@russiahockey_en) May 5, 2019
During the game, the three Russian Capitals all played together on the second unit via the Russian Hockey Federation.
Mikhail Sergachyov, Nikita Nesterov – Mikhail Grigorenko, Evgeny Malkin, Nikita Kucherov;
Dmitry Orlov, Nikita Zaitsev – Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Kirill Kaprizov;
Dinar Khafizullin, Alexander Elesin – Nikita Gusev, Artyom Anisimov, Evgeny Dadonov;
Artyom Blazhievskiy – Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Andronov, Sergei Plotnikov, Alexander Barabanov.
Meanwhile, Capitals forward Jakub Vrana did not suit up for the Czechs for the second straight game.
— Hokejový nároďák (@narodnitym) May 5, 2019
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