Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Winter Olympics: What happened while you were sleeping

Fans unfurl Putin banners at Russian Olympic hockey game; security quickly takes them down Russians, USA bounce back before Olympic hockey showdown
Cassandra Gardner | 18 February, 2018, 06:46

The Russian men's hockey team, which is competing under a neutral flag at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, delivered a crushing 4-0 defeat to Team USA. "We said just relax and play your game". "The gold medal game".

But the fact of the matter is the U.S. faces a long climb to get to that gold medal game.

The former New York Ranger blew off the traditional postgame handshake with Russia's Oleg Znarok, charging Team OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) was trying to run up the score when the game was no longer in doubt. The stars of the Ukrainian hockey every day comment for us played the fights and give predictions on the following match day. The Russians finished first in Group B and earned a bye into the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

"I like the way we played", USA coach Tony Granato said. "We just didn't get the results". We know what Switzerland can do. "I don't think we have any outstanding superstars".

This year's competition does not include current NHL players ― after they had appeared in five previous Olympics ― but one former league star figured largely in the scoring for Russian Federation.

The Russians, the strongest team on paper and led by former National Hockey League all stars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk, looked set to take the Games by storm when they netted two early goals against the Slovaks.

Nikolai Prokhorkin, a 2012 draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings, scored the Russians' first two goals. "I think it reduces the level of competition", she said.

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The U.S. rarely generated the kind of quality scoring chances against Vasily Koshechkin that the Russians did around Zapolski, who played all three preliminary-round games.

Gasper Kroselj stopped four of the five shots he faced in a shootout and Ziga Jeglic's slap shot high into the net was the difference Saturday night as Slovenia beat Slovakia 3-2 in preliminary-round play at the Olympics. One of the last four will drop into the play-in pool round because only Russian Federation has clinched its division.

"It went through my arm", said Zapolski, who Granato confirmed was his goalie moving forward.

"It's obviously win or go home now, and when you're backs are against the wall, I hope this team is going to show our best", he said.

"Against US, we just worked hard and played as team and it was enough, but here the players were a lot more skilled", he said. "There's lots more games to come".

However, time is running out. "We have a really good team too and this game will help us as we move to the next round". And he'd like to prove it against the Russians.

"I'm not going to go take Sidney Crosby's spot", Klinkhammer said Friday.

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