Anisimov, Lisin gets final Worlds tuneup
Russians place third at Sweden's LG Games after loss to Czechs
Rangers forwards Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin wrapped up their appearance at Sweden's LG Games on Sunday as Russia fell to the Czech Republic 4-2 at Stockholm.
Close friends Anisimov and Lisin skated together on the fourth line against the Czechs. Anisimov was at center with Lisin on the right side. The left wing on the line was 18-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko, the No. 2-rated prospect for this year's NHL Entry Draft.
Anisimov took 14 faceoffs and had a shot on goal. Lisin won a faceoff and fired two shots on goal. He was also called for roughing as the game came to an end.
Former NHL star Sergei Fedorov, who spent the past season with Magnitogorsk of Russia's KHL, got his country off to a fast start on Sunday, scoring an even-strength goal at 2:32 of the opening period for a 1-0 lead.
Another Czech Extraliga forward, Petr Vampola of Plzen, got the eventual game-winner for the Czech Republic at 16:49 of the third period to make it 3-1. The Russians cut the lead to 3-2 just under a minute later at 17:33, getting a goal from former Nashville Predators draftee Denis Kulyash, an Avangard Omsk teammate of Jaromir Jagr's in the KHL this past season.
The Czechs, who outshot the Russians 32-27, iced the game on an empty-net goal by Roman Cervenka with 15 seconds remaining.
With the addition of goaltender Chad Johnson to Team Canada on Saturday, there are eight Rangers players and prospects who will take part in this year's World Championships -- the largest Blueshirts contingent since 1993.