Thursday, September 15, 2016

Bobrovsky to Start Russia's First World Cup Game

Sergei Bobrovsky already seemed to have a leg up on the starting slot for Team Russia ahead of their third World Cup of Hockey pretournament game. After a 45-save performance against Team Canada on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, the 27-year-old has locked up a starting role, at least for Russia's first game.

Bobrovsky has gone 1-0-1 for Team Russia with a .925 save percentage in two games, and he was the team's best player during last night's overtime loss, one that was thoroughly dominated by the Canadians for the first half of the game. Canada had 48 shots on goal including many chances from in close.
The Russian also produced this bit of wizardry during the Russia's 4-3 win over the Czechs on September 8.

Semyon Varlamov will backup Bobrovsky. Andrei Vasilevskiy, the No. 3 goalie, has yet to see action in three pretournament games.

Russia faces Sweden at 3PM ET on Sunday in Toronto.