Vasilevskiy made 32 saves as he and his teammates defeated Slovakia in a 3-2 victory in overtime.
It would seem that the first period was a loss for the Slovaks as they found themselves unable to recover from Kucherov’s opening goal.
After Alexander Khokhlachyov put one between the pipes midway through the second period off of a pass from teammate Andrei Sigaryov, it seemed as if Russia was in full control. However, just before the second intermission Slovakia’s Matus Matis was able to net one bringing the score to 2-1.
To make matters even more stressful, in the closing seconds of regulation, Vasilevskiy was unable to get a handle a quick shot from the corner allowing Slovakia’s Richard Mraz to score with only 38 seconds left on the clock.
Tied 2-2 in overtime, with seconds left until they would be heading to a shootout, Nikita Kucherov shot, and just barely missed the net. However, while on a power play, teammate Albert Yarullin snuck one past Nagy to bring this game to a close.
Unfortunately, even though they began opening day with a win, overtime wins are only awarded with two points instead of the normal three.
Russia is currently only one point behind Canada for the number one spot in Group B. They will face the United States this Friday in Ufa.