As Russian national team on hockey played their first game. A report from Helsinki
The Russian team arrived in Helsinki on the first stage of the Euro tour the Karjala Cup on Wednesday and in the afternoon held a training session. On the morning of the start of the tournament was held a short training, after which head coach Alexei Kudashov and one of the most experienced players, forward Anton Slepyshev stated that considering the upcoming meeting with the masters tournament including a revenge for the defeat at the last world Cup when the national team of Finland, who spoke in an experimental squad beat the Russians in the semi-finals with the score 1:0.
With memories of that tournament, sensationally won by the Finns with just two players from the NHL and two of the NHL in the lineup, started the opening ceremony of the Karjala Cup. The owners, who said the tournament 13 world Champions, appeared on the ice for 12 minutes before the start of the game. The Russians came out for five. The scoreboard showed moments of winning the world championship. Under the solemn music under the ceiling «Hartwall Arena» raised the banner, dedicated to the victory of the Finnish team.
The first international match of the new hockey season was surprised by the attendance. One grandstand behind the gate was empty almost completely, was the free space and the Central sectors on the second tier. «Hartwall arena» holds up to 13.5 million viewers. Tickets for the Karjala Cup are from €12 to 15. Finns are known to love hockey. But this time before a full house was far away.
Among the guests attending the tournament is to provide the General Manager of the club «Detroit Red wings», the Olympic champion in team Canada and three-time Stanley Cup winner Steve Yzerman, who watched the game along with the scout club in Russia by Nikolai Vakurov.
Finns gathered on the home stage of the Eurotour strong, although not optimal composition. For example, they were missing forwards Jori SKA of Lehtera, Joonas Kemppainen and Jarno of Cocciante. But the Russian team is playing in Helsinki in the composition, which is properly called a pilot. So the owners were considered the favorites of the match.
However, in the first period the Finns were not to know. Silent and their fans, which the Russians cheered over and over again. It is logical that opened the score, the Russian team. After goals at the stadium have included the song «Kalinka-Malinka» and «long Road».
After the break, the Finns came to, and the match developed, like on a swing. First, the hosts equalised and went ahead. Then the Russian team, thanks to two distant throws of the defender Rushan Rafikov, led 3:2. But closer to the middle of the final period Finns first sold the most, and then scored the winning goal.
According to Alexei Kudashov, for whom this match became a debut at the head of the Russian national team, the team suffered defeat due to unnecessary deletion, unsuccessful game in unequal structures and weak implementation of chances. He noted that in the following matches in combinations of pairs of defenders and triples the attack is likely to occur changes. «Analyze, view. We have a number of players whom we are not involved», — he said.
Kudashov believes that the game has enough positive aspects, and take the defender Rafikova explained by the fact that the coaches are asking the defenders to support the attack, and the fact that the defense player has a good throw.
He Rafikov told reporters that the outcome of the match decided the game in the unequal composition — the Finns scored two goals, and the Russians only one. Its double the defender is tied to the fact that partners well bring him to throw. «I only had to get in,» he said. «The last time two goals were scored in the youth League,» recalled hockey player.
The next match at the Karjala Cup team Russia will hold on Saturday against team Sweden (14:30, GMT).