I was watching Russia - Finland game on the CH 1 RU at 0:50 AM today and noticed that Eloranta was playing for team Finland. I thought he was OK NHL'er and was playing for LA? He was actually looking really good.
Anouncers said that team Russia was missing 11 regulars and among them world class players like Oleg Tverdovsky, Andrei Kovalenko(!!!) etc.
Overall I've noticed that European style of play changed alot and this game looked more like an NHL game with some good hits and alot of time spend in the neutral zone. Of course talent level was much lower than in the NHL but game looked somewhat like regular season game between let's say Minnesota and Canadiens.
I was really surprised to see Dmitri Bykov playing for team Russia as I thought that he was with Red Wings. Wow..just went to the RW site and found Jamie Rivers on their roster.
Yesterday Eloranta scored a goal that didn't count.( It should've been IMHO but refs didn't see it clearly) and should've make penalty shot but in some reason has been substituted by another player. IMHO he was one of the best players on ice.
Jere Karalahti (sp?) was also good .Too bad he didn't want to follow the rules and stop drinking and was banned from the NHL.