Anisimov discusses baseball, Broadway, and playing with tough guys
Friday May 14th 2010, 12:36 am

Photo: Sovietsky Sport

Russia finished its Preliminary Round schedule at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany with a 3-1 win over Belarus on Thursday, a game which featured New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov’s first goal as a member of the country’s national team.

The young center’s line with veterans Sergei Mozyakin and Maxim Sushinsky found its way on to the scoresheet for the first time in the tournament, scoring two of Russia’s three goals, starting with a power play goal that opened the scoring midway through the first period.  While he didn’t earn an assist on the play, Anisimov drew the Belarus defender to him in front of the net, which left Mozyakin wide open to score from just off the left post.

The Rangers’ rookie scored his own goal a period later when he slapped home Mozyakin’s rebound after the KHL’s leading scorer had taken goaltender Andrei Mezin out on a partial breakway.  (Game highlights are here; Anisimov’s goal comes at the 6:00 mark.)

The win left Russia undefeated in the tournament’s three-game Preliminary Round, which wrapped up on Thursday.  Twelve teams — excluding the incredibly disappointing Team USA — now move on to the Qualification Round.  The full schedule is available from the IIHF web site.

Unfortunately, Anisimov’s experience on the world stage could soon come to a premature end.  With Pavel Datsyuk expected to join the team in Germany on Friday, and Evgeny Malkin confirmed to be en route as well, there’s a good chance the 21-year old center could finish the tournament as a spectator.  “I’m not afraid of it,” Anisimov told Sovietsky Sport following Thursday’s game.  “If the coach decides to remove me, it means it was meant to be.  I need to prove in every game that I’m deserving of a spot on the national team, and not stew over what might be.”

Three weeks ago, when he first joined the Russian squad at the team’s training center in Novogorsk, Anisimov sat down with’s Alexei Shevchenko for a lengthy interview that covered a wide array of topics.  With apologies for the delay, here’s what the 21-year old Ranger had to say about his rookie season in the NHL, Henrik Lundqvist’s penchant for fast cars, and what it’s like to play with super pest Sean Avery and tough guys Jody Shelley and Brandon Prust.

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2010 IIHF World Championships: Useful Links
Friday May 07th 2010, 9:01 am

The 2010 IIHF World Championship gets underway today at 2:00 pm ET with a game between the USA and host Germany before an anticipated crowd of more than 76,000 at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The full schedule, and team rosters and statistics are available (or will be shortly) at the tournament web site.

No fewer than eight members of the New York Rangers organization have traveled to Germany to play in this year’s tournament. Team USA will be well represented, with current Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and Matt Gilroy joining 2009 first-round draft pick Chris Kreider on the side. A pair of defensemen — 23-year-old Marc Staal and 19-year-old rookie Michael Del Zotto — will skate for Canada while fellow blueliner Michael Roszival will represent his native Czech Republic. Goaltender Chad Johnson, who spent most of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, will also represent Canada, though isn’t expected to see much playing time. Artem Anisimov rounds out the Rangers contingent, representing Russia, which will be looking for its third consecutive World Championship title.

Select games of the tournament (primarily those of Team USA) will be broadcast by Universal Sports in the US. Check for availability in your area here. Some games will also be available online (see right sidebar here.) UPDATE: Online feed isn’t free this year. Games are $.99 each or $14.99 for the package. Universal Sports will also be hosting a Hockey Worlds Blog with the latest news and information from the tournament.

Fans not living in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, USA, China, France, or Germany can also buy individual game broadcasts, team passes, and full tournament broadcast packages here. TSN will be broadcasting the games in Canada; the broadcast schedule is available at their web site.

I’ll be scouring the ‘net for online feeds of Russia’s games that aren’t being broadcast stateside (their opening game vs. Slovakia at 2pm on Sunday will be) so if you’re interested (and don’t mind not understanding the commentary) follow me on Twitter, where I’ll post links to the ones I find. And Chris Johnson will be covering the tournament for the Canadian Press, so follow him too.

Know of other links that those wanting to follow the World Championship might find useful? Post ‘em in the comments.

Anisimov Headed to World Championships
Thursday May 06th 2010, 8:55 am

New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov will join the Russian National Team when it travels to Germany tomorrow for the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship. The 21-year old rookie escaped the final round of cuts on Thursday and is included on the 25-player preliminary roster that will make the trip. The final, 23-man roster that will open the tournament will be announced on Friday. The two extra players will remain with the team and can be added to the roster once the opening round of the tournament concludes. Russia could also add two players not included on this roster (Pavel Datsyuk, for example) should they become available.

The games get underway on Friday with a game between the United States and host Germany in front of an anticipated crowd of more than 76,000 at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, home of the football team Schalke 04. Russia begins its quest for a third consecutive World Championship gold on Sunday against Slovakia.

Russia’s Roster for the 2010 IIHF World Championship

Goaltenders: Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulaev), Semyon Varlamov (Washington Capitals), Vasily Koshechkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)

Defensemen: Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA), Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Dmitry Kalinin (Salavat Yulaev), Denis Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Ilya Nikulin, Alexei Emelin (both AK Bars), Denis Grebeshkov (Nashville Predators), Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers)

Forwards: Maxim Afinogenov, Evgeny Artyukhin (both Atlanta Thrashers), Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin (both Washington Capitals), Alexei Tereshchenko (AK Bars), Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers), Ilya Kovalchuk (New Jersey Devils), Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs), Maxim Sushinsky (S??), Sergei Mozyakin (Atlant), Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Victor Kozlov (Salavat Yulaev), Alexander Frolov (Los Angeles Kings), Alexander Svitov (Avangard Omsk)