Last time we saw German Rubtsov he was heading off the ice in pain after going awkwardly into the end boards. Luckily he avoided any long-term injury and was only out a week as he returned to action last night.
Rubtsov was back on the top line on Thursday night and he looked to be in perfect shape. He was named the second star of the game thanks to a three point (two goals, one assist) night in the 5-2 win for Chicoutimi over Val-d’Or.
The Sagueneens didn’t score until the second period and it was Rubtsov who tied the game up with a power play goal. It doesn’t look like his goal initially, but he deflected the slot shot home to tie the game at one.
What great positioning by German in front of the net. Rubtsov knew immediately that he had scored, and he was just getting started.
He then created a great goal later in the period to tie it once again after Val-d’Or scored. Rubtsov picked the puck up and drove towards the net but his scoring chance was thwarted. However, he followed the missed shot and threw it back in front where Nicolas Roy was waiting to tap it home.
The teams were tied at two through two periods, but Rubtsov saved the day yet again. He scored another power play goal early in the third period to give Chicoutimi a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
What an awesome celly on what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
Rubtsov wasn’t getting the playing time he deserved in Russia, but now that he’s playing against his peers he is dominating. He has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in eight games, and one of those games he played just two minutes in before getting hurt.
Ignoring the game where he got injured in the opening minutes, he has recorded points in six of his seven games, including four multi-point games. He has five goals and five assists in his last five full games.
Rubtsov and the Sags will get right back at it as they take on Val-d’Or tonight at 7:30.
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