In Moscow, the senior Russian men's national team took on HC Spartak in the second warm-up match ahead of the 2018 Olympic Games. Head coach Oleg Znarok made a number of changes for this match, giving Igor Shestyorkin a chance between the pipes. Artyom Zub, Ilya Kablukov and Maxim Shalunov were all sent to Spartak Moscow especially for this match.
Neither team made a strong start at the Legends Park, as barely any goalscoring chances were witnessed at either end. Eventually, it was Spartak who made the breakthrough. A bouncing puck fell to Ilya Kablukov on the slot, who bundled it beyond Igor Shestyorkin. Holding the initiative, Spartak continued creating opportunities in our zone, forcing Igor Shestyorkin into some excellent saves.
Nevertheless, Russia improved in the second stanza. The pressure gradually increased on Spartak Moscow, with our players shooting from any possible position. Spartak Moscow replaced Nikita Bespalov with Markus Svensson in net midway through the period, but that only resulted in the Russians finally equalising. Lurking at a tight angle behind the net, Nikita Gusev caught the goalkeeper cold with a sneaky wraparound effort.
With the game level at 1:1, it proved to be a tense third period. Markus Svensson was certainly the busier goalkeeper, pulling off alert stops to take the match into overtime. In the end, Russia won the fixture in the extra frame. Alexei Marchenko whipped a wicked wrister into the left corner, sealing the 2:1 Russian victory.
Russia - HC Spartak Moscow - 2:1 OT (0:1, 1:0, 0:0, 1:0)
0:1 Kablukov, 17.36
1:1 Gusev (Kaprizov), 33.10
2:1 Marchenko (Datsyuk), 63.21
Goalkeepers: Shestyorkin - Bespalov/Svensson
Shots on target: 44 - 33
Faceoffs: 41 - 25
Penalty minutes: 8 - 8
Russian Ice Hockey Federation