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Columbus Blue Jackets Players Help Russia Advance To Gold Game

Team Russia continued its dominance at the IIHF World Championships today, beating Sweden to advance to the Gold Medal Game. Team Russia has ridden on the back of Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky throughout the tournament, and he continued to be excellent for them today. He stopped 22 of 23 shots, for a save percentage of 95.7%.

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His performance today makes Bobrovsky the lead goaltender in the tournament, with a cumulative save percentage of 95.45% and two shutouts in nine games. Compare that to a 92.3% and 5 shutouts in 58 NHL regular season games, and you have one stellar performance from Russia’s leading goaltender.

Blue Jacket center Artem Anisimov also contributed to Russia’s win today, adding a goal and earning himself the Player of the Game award. He currently ranks at #7 in +/- for the tournament at +7, with his highest single-game rating at +9.

Team Russia is currently led by Viktor Tikhonov, who has 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in nine games played, and Sergei Plotnikov who has 6 goals and 6 assists for 12 points in 9 games. These two KHL players are currently the top two scorers in the tournament, and will look to help Team Russia capture the gold.

Unsurprisingly, Russia is ranked at the top of most team stats so far in the tournament. They are first in scoring efficiency, scoring on 12.76% of their shots. With a 94.8% penalty kill and a 96.4% overall save percentage, they are first in both of those categories as well. Their power play is sixth, with a 20.83% PP efficiency. They are also second in most attendance at their games, behind only the host country of Belarus.

The world will be watching as Sergei Bobrovsky and the Russians head to the Gold Medal game. They’ll look to continue their winning ways and make up for their Olympic performance. They will be facing Finland in the final game of the IIHF World Championship tournament, a team they have already beat in the preliminary rounds of the tournament.

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