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Red Wings at the World Championship: Datsyuk, Marchenko’s Russians lose; Pulkkinen’s Finns win

The second set of Red Wings players taking part in the World Championship had "off days," at least from a team perspective:

Pavel Datsyuk, got better as the game went along, but he looked like he was shaking off some rust, and he was double or triple-covered by the Czech Republic's defense.

It was painful to watch a stationary Datsyuk pass instead of shoot 9 times out of 10 on the Russians' power play, a power play that was so stationary that it reminded me of Detroit's...

Datsyuk played 18:02, taking 2 shots, finishing even, in the Russians' 3-0 loss to the Czechs.

Alexey Marchenko looked better, playing on the left side with recent Maple Leafs signee Nikita Zaitsev for the first two periods, and then skating alongside Slava Voynov. Marchenko displayed speed and mobility that he hasn't shown on NHL ice yet, and Marchenko played 17:16, finishing even.

In the other "evening" game, Teemu Pulkkinen had a better outing from a team perspective, taking 2 shots in 14:01 of ice time as Finland defeated Belarus 6-2. I didn't manage to take that one in as I focused on the Russia-Czech game, and that was an uncomfortable choice!

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

...on the Russians’ power play, a power play that was so stationary that it reminded me of Detroit’s…

Well, that’s just mean, George. angry

Marchenko displayed speed and mobility that he hasn’t shown on NHL ice yet, and Marchenko played 17:16, finishing even.

Isn’t it interesting that both Nyquist and Marchenko have displayed skills at the Worlds that we haven’t seen in Detroit. Hmmm. I wonder what the difference could possibly be.  rolleyes

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/06/16 at 06:20 PM ET

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