By Mike Harrington
MINNEAPOLIS -- There will be no gold-medal repeat for Team USA at the World Junior Championships. And they can thank two Sabres prospects for causing their ultimate set of problems.
Defenseman Nikita Zadorov had two power-play goals and Mikhail Grigorenko also scored as Russia posted a 5-3 quarterfinal win today in Malmo, Sweden. Zadorov scored both of his goals from the point on a 5-on-3 situation in the second period to put Russia into the semifinals against the Sweden-Slovakia winner.
We know Zadorov is going to back to London of the OHL after this tournament, especially with the Knights hosting the Memorial Cup this year. But what in the world do the Sabres do with Grigorenko now? If they keep having injuries, they're going to simply put him back in the lineup and see what he does.
There's a full report on the game with comments from both Sabres prospects at this link on the tournament's official site.
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