The Russian national ice hockey team shut out Austria 5-0 on Sunday in Bratislava, in its second match of the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
Forward Evgeni Dadonov scored two goals for the second consecutive game, while Tampa Bay Lightning's superstar Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist. Another Russian forward Ivan Telegin, who had joined the Ilyia Vorobyov's squad two days before the second... Еще game of the tournament and had just one training session with team mates, also got his first goal. Speaking at the mixed zone after the match, Telegin said he was feeling great for having contributed to the team's victory, noting that «every goal you score for the national team is a joy and honour.»
Until the middle of the second period Austria managed to stress the Red Machine's offence and kept the score at 1-0, making Russian players lose the puck in the central and their own zones and even having dangerous and goal-scoring chances.
Head coach of the Austrian national ice hockey team Roger Bader confessed Russia had skilled good players in its line-up and it was no surprise for him Ovechkin and Co won by scoring five goals and even could score more. However, Bader underlined that his team «played very good ice hockey» for their level.
The 2019 IIHF World Championship kicked off in the two Slovakian cities of Bratislava and Kosice last Friday. After two wins in Group B over Norway and Austria, Russia will be now playing against Czech Republic on May 13. Austria will take on their Alpine neighbours Switzerland on May 14.