Lisin released by Team Russia, Anisimov lives to skate another day
Sunday May 02nd 2010, 11:47 pm

New York Rangers forward Enver Lisin was cut from the Russian National Team on Sunday, a few hours after the squad lost its final game at the LG Hockey Games, 4-2 to the Czech Republic.  Four other players, including 2010 draft-eligible Vladimir Tarasenko and former NHLer Oleg Saprykin, were also released.  Rangers rookie Artem Anisimov (who centered a line with Lisin and Tarasenko on Sunday) remained with the team, which will resume its preparations for next week’s World Championship on Tuesday.

Sunday’s cuts leave Russia’s roster with twelve forwards, with Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Ilya Kovalchuk still expected to join the team.  Alexander Radulov, who continues to nurse an undisclosed injury, also remains a possible addition.  So additional cuts will be required before the team leaves for the 2010 World Championship in Germany later this week.

Neither Anisimov or Lisin factored in the scoring in either Sunday’s loss to the Czech Republic or Saturday’s 4-2 win over host Sweden.

Anisimov Highlight Reel
Friday April 30th 2010, 11:51 pm

LoFFeN from HFBoards put together this stupendously awesome highlight video of everyone’s favorite Rangers Russian rookie, Artem Anisimov.  Enjoy!

Watch the larger version on YouTube.

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Anisimov makes his case for World Championship invite
Friday April 30th 2010, 7:18 am


While the NHL playoffs are just starting to heat up, the rest of the world is busy preparing for the IIHF World Championship, which gets underway in Germany on May 8th.  For Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, the final opportunity to audition players and gear up for the championship comes in the form of the LG Hockey Games, a round-robin tournament that serves as the culmination of the season-long Euro Hockey Tour.

Two New York Rangers forwards, Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin, earned invites to play in the games on behalf of Russian national team, which opened its schedule with a game against Team Finland on Thursday in Helsinki.  Both players participated in Thursday’s tournament-opener.

Lisin made his national team debut, serving as a spare forward who was inserted up and down the line-up throughout the game.  The 23-year old soon-to-be restricted free agent even spent some time on Russia’s top line, but didn’t factor on the scoresheet.

Anisimov, meanwhile, made a strong bid to remain with the team when it travels to Germany.  The 21-year old center set up Russia’s first goal, feeding Sergei Mozyakin in the slot with a pass from the corner.  His play earned positive reviews by commentators and reporters alike and his line with Mozyakin and Maxim Shushinsky, which finished with two of Russia’s four goals, was widely considered Russia’s best.

Their performance wasn’t enough to earn Russia a victory, however, as the team fell 5-4 in a shootout.  Eighteen year-old draft-eligible Finn Mikael Granlund, the top ranked skater from Europe, scored the winning goal in the shootout.

The Russians will regroup on Friday and take on tournament hosts Sweden in Stockholm on Saturday before finishing the tournament with a game against the Czech Republic.  Russia’s final roster for the World Championship is expected sometime after that game concludes.

Before he left Russia’s training center in Novogorsk on Wednesday, Anisimov chatted with about playing for the country’s national team, his rookie season in the NHL, and who he wants to win the Stanley Cup (Hint: his pick was on the wrong end of the biggest upsets in recent NHL history.)  A translation of the interview is below.

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